As the capital city of Russia, Moscow is the center of all things Russian -- between intricate architecture and historical centers, not to mention a cultural hub for the country, Moscow has plenty to explore that will leave your itinerary packed with activity from start to finish. There are plenty of landmarks that you’ll want to stop and explore during a trip to the city -- Red Square is the symbolic city center and home to many historical collections. Visiting Red Square takes quite a bit of time to explore as it’s not only St. Basil’s Cathedral, but it’s one of the most visited landmarks in the country. Once inside, you have the opportunity to explore the 16th-century Cathedral, which is now a museum for the church and features plenty of notable aspects to explore.

After spending a day in the city center or exploring the many streets in Moscow checking out boutiques and restaurants, head over to Gorky Park, which features hundreds of gardens, contemporary public arts, an open-air movie theater, and a café. This park is highly popular during the summer months, but if you happen to be visiting Moscow during the winter there is an ice rink open to the public. While in Russia, try to soak in some of the art and culture that is best known in this area -- namely ballet. The Bolshoi Theatre is home to the famous opera and ballet and definitely worth the experience. Performing arts in Moscow are some of the most famous in the world. At any given time, there is some sort of production going on in a range of theaters throughout the city that are either showcasing new and contemporary premieres, or bringing back some of those iconic classics -- no matter what is playing it’s truly worth visiting while you are in the capital city of Russia!

For those who love to get out shop and want to experience life as a local, GUM is a three-story shopping center with many popular and international brands.