Once you feel comfortable that you’ve seen the diverse sights Moscow has to offer, take a few days to head northeast to what is known as the Golden Ring. These cities dating from the 12th to 17th centuries are often referred to as “open-air museums” due to their unique architecture and history in the development of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Golden Ring is made of many cities but there are eight primary cities, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Rostov Veliky, worth exploring by foot or saddle. Seventy-five kilometers from Moscow is Seriev Posad where you can explore the Trinity Monastry of St. Sergius, the Cathedral of the Trintity and the Cathedral of the Assumption. If you can travel a bit further on the Golden Ring we recommend the cities of Suzdal and Vladimir. Wander through a time capsule of Suzdal’s streets and get a glimpse of 12th century monasteries and convents, as the city has remained largely untouched by industrialization and Russia’s enormous change over the past century. Vladimir, however, is a bit more industrialized and is formal capital of Medieval Russia. Spend a day walking through the Golden Gates and the UNESCO protected cathedrals that grace this 12th century town.