60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
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Yaroslavl
— 7 nights
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Vladimir
— 3 nights
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Sergiyev Posad
— 5 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
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Kazan
— 2 nights
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Chelyabinsk
— 3 nights
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Omsk
— 3 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 3 nights
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Irkutsk
— 2 nights
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Gorno-Altaysk
— 3 nights
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Samara
— 2 nights
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Tula
— 3 nights
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Voronezh
— 4 nights
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Rostov-on-Don
— 3 nights
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Makhachkala
— 3 nights
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Derbent
— 2 nights
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Vladikavkaz
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg road trip app.

New York City, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from New York City to St. Petersburg. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 46°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Yaroslavl

— 7 nights
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yaroslavl: Rostov (Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery & State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin), Kostroma (Museum of Wooden Architecture & Monastery of st Ipaty) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, examine the collection at My Lovely Teddy Bear Private Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Yaroslavl trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Yaroslavl takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Vladimir

— 3 nights
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
Explore Vladimir's surroundings by going to Suzdal (Museum of Wooden Architecture & Kremlin of Suzdal). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, admire the striking features of Golden Gate, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, and don't miss a visit to Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vladimir online travel route builder.

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Vladimir

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Sergiyev Posad

— 5 nights
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sergiyev Posad: Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov) and Pereslavl-Zalessky (Siniy Kamen' & Museum of Flat Irons). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sergiyev Posad trip planner.

Drive from Vladimir to Sergiyev Posad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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Nizhny Novgorod

— 2 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, make a trip to Chkalov Staircase, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod online vacation planner.

Getting from Sergiyev Posad to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Kazan

— 2 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kazan is known for historic sites, museums, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, shop like a local with Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kazan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Kazan, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Chelyabinsk

— 3 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Chelyabinsk is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of Labor and Fighting Glory, walk around Gagarin Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pedestrian Street Kirovka, and pause for some photo ops at Monument of Beggar Man.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chelyabinsk vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Chelyabinsk takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Kazan in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Chelyabinsk, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Omsk.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Omsk

— 3 nights
As a cultural center of Siberia, the industrial city of Omsk is home to many theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, and other enticing attractions.
Omsk is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Plumber Stepanych, don't miss a visit to Omsk Fortress Historical and Cultural Complex, steep yourself in history at Tara Gates, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Omsk itinerary planner.

Getting from Chelyabinsk to Omsk by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chelyabinsk to Omsk. In October, daytime highs in Omsk are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Krasnoyarsk.

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Krasnoyarsk

— 3 nights
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Krasnoyarsk is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Stolby National Park, explore the activities along Enisey River, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Roev Ruchey Zoo, and step off the mainland to explore Tatyshev Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Krasnoyarsk trip planner.

You can fly from Omsk to Krasnoyarsk in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Omsk to Krasnoyarsk. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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Irkutsk

— 2 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Irkutsk tour planner.

Fly from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Krasnoyarsk Standard Time (KRAT) to Irkutsk Standard Time (IRKT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°F in November, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gorno-Altaysk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Gorno-Altaysk

— 3 nights
Holidays in Gorno-Altaysk may not be popular, but this city offers plenty to see to those who care to stop there.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Devil's Finger and then walk around Victory Park Memorial Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Manzherok Vsesezonny Kurort and then stroll through Altai Mountains.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gorno-Altaysk route planner.

Explore your travel options from Irkutsk to Gorno-Altaysk with the Route module. The time zone changes from Irkutsk Standard Time (IRKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Samara.

Things to do in Gorno-Altaysk

Parks · Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Samara

— 2 nights
A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Stalin's Bunker, then appreciate the history behind Sculpture Dyadya Styopa, and then appreciate the history behind Monument to Prince Grigoriy Zasekin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Kubychev Square and then take in panoramic vistas at Observation Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Samara holiday builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gorno-Altaysk to Samara. Traveling from Gorno-Altaysk to Samara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tula.

Things to do in Samara

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Tula

— 3 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Tula is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Tula Gingerbread, walk around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, and admire the striking features of Tula Kremlin Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tula itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Samara to Tula in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Samara to Tula is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Voronezh.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Voronezh

— 4 nights
Voronezh is a city and the administrative center of Voronezh Oblast, Russia, straddling the Voronezh River and located 12km from where it flows into the Don. Voronezh is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Monument to White Bim Black Ear, walk around Park Alyye Parusa, see the interesting displays at Ship-Museum Goto Predestinatsia, and don't miss a visit to Admiralteyskaya Embankment.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Voronezh driving holiday site.

You can drive from Tula to Voronezh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. November in Voronezh sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rostov-on-Don.

Things to do in Voronezh

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

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Rostov-on-Don

— 3 nights

Gates to the Caucasus

The gateway to the northern Caucasus region, Rostov-on-Don serves as a stopover for travelers on their way to the country's celebrated Black Sea coast.
On the 18th (Thu), make a trip to Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, then stop by Semikarakorskaya Ceramics Official Store, then visit Underpass Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Pushkin Street (Pushkinskaya ulitsa). Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Rostov-on-Don Embankment, then examine the collection at Modern Fine Arts Museum on Dmitrovskaya, and then make a splash at H2O Aquapark.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rostov-on-Don journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Voronezh to Rostov-on-Don takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Voronezh in November: highs in Rostov-on-Don hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 34°F. You'll set off for Makhachkala on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Rostov-on-Don

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Makhachkala

— 3 nights
Makhachkala is the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Makhachkala: Dubki (Chirkeyskaya Hydro Power Station & Sulakskiy Canyon). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Monument to Rasul Gamzatov, explore the world behind art at Dagestan Museum of Fine Art, and don't miss a visit to Makhachkala Grand Mosque.

Find out how to plan Makhachkala trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rostov-on-Don to Makhachkala. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rostov-on-Don in November; daily highs in Makhachkala reach 52°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Derbent.

Things to do in Makhachkala

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Derbent

— 2 nights
Derbent, formerly romanized as Derbend, is a city in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia, located on the Caspian Sea, north of the Azerbaijani border. On the 24th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent and then steep yourself in history at Architectural Complex Citadel Naryn-Kala. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Derbent Dzhuma-Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Derbent attractions planner.

Drive from Makhachkala to Derbent in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Derbent can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vladikavkaz.

Things to do in Derbent

Historic Sites · Museums
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Vladikavkaz

— 3 nights
Vladikavkaz is the capital city of the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania, Russia. Step out of Vladikavkaz to go to Dargavs and see City of the Dead, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arkhonskiy Mountain Pass, don't miss a visit to Prospekt Mira, fly down the slopes at Tsey Alpine Resort, and head outdoors with Kurtat Gorge.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vladikavkaz day trip site.

You can drive from Derbent to Vladikavkaz in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Derbent to Vladikavkaz. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Vladikavkaz when traveling from Derbent in November, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vladikavkaz

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

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Russia travel guide

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Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Central Russia travel guide

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Located in the far west of the country and formed around the Moscow Princedom in the 15th century, Central Russia is Russia's historical core and still the seat of Russian politics and economics. Tourists are mostly drawn to the metropolis of Moscow, with its mixture of the classical and the modern and a bustling nightlife. Northeast of Moscow lies the Golden Ring, an iconic series of the country's oldest cities unspoiled by industrialization. The historical legacy of picturesque architecture and traditional arts and crafts make these cities popular with travelers searching for an idyllic setting. The region also boasts birthplaces of many famous Russians, including Lev Tolstoy, Sergey Yesenin, Anton Chekhov, and Yuri Gagarin, as well as the sites of the three historic battles: one against the Tatars in 1380, another with Napoleon's army in 1812, and the third with Nazi Germans in 1941. Although there are considerable inequalities between the capital and other cities, some hidden corners of the region have plenty to offer.

Chelyabinsk Oblast travel guide

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Monuments · Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Lying in the southern part of the Urals on the border between Europe and Asia, Chelyabinsk Oblast offers a diverse array of attracitions for history buffs, nature lovers, cave enthusiasts, divers, and culture vultures alike. Besides the wilderness of meadows, tundra, and old-growth forests, the region's numerous historical attractions will make your holiday complete. Some 10 dwelling sites from the Stone Age, 70 monuments from the Bronze Age, and the oldest town of armor-masters and "thin" metallurgy shed light on the life of the early settlers, the civilizations of the Sarmatians, the Huns, and the Bashkirs. The region is home to several national parks and nature reserves, featuring such rarities as the black star corundum and a "cave castle" hewn in calcareous mountains by the Sim River.

North Caucasian District travel guide

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Parks · Landmarks · Monuments

Republic of North Ossetia-Alania travel guide

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Landmarks · Monuments · Ski Areas
The Republic of North Ossetia-Alania is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). Its population according to the 2010 Census was 712,980. Its capital is the city of Vladikavkaz.NameIn the last years of the Soviet Union, as nationalist movements swept throughout the Caucasus, many intellectuals in the North Ossetian ASSR called for the revival of the name of Alania, a medieval kingdom of the Alans. The term of "Alania" quickly became popular in Ossetian daily life through the names of various enterprises, a TV channel, political and civic organizations, publishing house, football team, etc. In November 1994, the name of "Alania" was officially added to the republican title (Republic of North Ossetia-Alania).GeographyThe republic is located in the North Caucasus. The northern part of the republic is situated in the Stavropol Plain. 22% of the republic's territory is covered by forests. Area: 8000km2Borders:internal: Kabardino-Balkar Republic (W/NW/N), Stavropol Krai (N), Chechen Republic (NE/E), Republic of Ingushetia (E/SE)international: Georgia (including South Ossetia) (SE/S/SW)Maximum north-south distance: 130kmMaximum east-west distance: 120km

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