Getting there Fly Delta Air Lines out of New York or American Airlines out of Chicago; Russia’s Aeroflot flies between New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Before you even book your flight, wrap your head around Russia’s visa requirements, which can be complicated.
Where to stay For a hip, energetic spot, try the Artistic Hotel, which opened across the street from Red Square and the Kremlin in 2009. Each room, designed by a different Russian artist, is stunning and modern. Just steps away from the Hermitage Garden is the Golden Apple, a 5-star boutique hotel that’s worth the splurge. If you’re on a budget, consider the more affordable Melody Hotel, which is walking distance from the famous Arbat Street.
What to see Red Square is the obvious—and best—place to start your trip. Enter through Resurrection Gate (stop to admire its red towers and famous green spires), then spend the afternoon admiring the sites: Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb, GUM department store. Although it’s right off the square, You may want to save the Kremlin for the following day, depending on your energy level. Spend another fun afternoon at Gorky Park, home to amusement rides and a giant Ferris wheel.
For more trip inspiration, check out our Moscow feature in the April issue of MORE, on newsstands March 23.