Vladivostok, Russia

  • Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok was firmly off limits to all foreigners (and most Russians) during the life of the USSR. Today you can (fairly freely) hop on ferries to far-off beaches on former navy-only islands, tour century-old forts or a Soviet submarine.

Everyone around the Far East seems to look up to it, and Vladivostok is indeed pretty good to look at. The setting is remarkable: a series of peaks and peninsulas curl around Golden Horn Bay which is home to huge icebreakers and the Russian Pacific Fleet.