St. Petersburg in the summer: A highlight of Russia tours
A tour of Russia might not jump out as an obvious choice for a summer vacation, but while it may not have the famous beaches of Mexico and Hawaii, a trip to St. Petersburg can be just as appealing. A city of nearly 4.9 million inhabitants, St. Petersburg is often regarded as one of the most culturally significant destinations in Russia, and whether you want to relax along the banks of the Neva River or enjoy the unique architecture, there's something for everyone in this European tourist hotspot.
Urban gardens are frequently among the most compelling landmarks in a city. After the initial shock of seeing a lush landscape in the middle of a concrete jungle, you almost forget that you're in a bustling metropolis to begin with, and St. Petersburg's Summer Garden certainly fits the bill. As its name suggests, the garden is particularly appealing during the summer months thanks in large part to its many tree-lined avenues. The Summer Garden is also an ideal spot during the warmer months because of its numerous marble statues that lend an artistic atmosphere to the natural sanctuary.
Summer nights also open up the opportunity to see some outdoor theater. According to Lonely Planet, the White Nights Festival is among the most popular artistic attractions in St. Petersburg. Held each year during June and early July, the festival features performances from musicians, actors and dancers, and often welcomes famous stars from around the world. The highlight of the festival is the Scarlet Sailes celebration, which attracts millions of spectators.
Visiting St. Petersburg is sure to be a rewarding experience regardless of when you visit, but it is during the summer months that turns the iconic city transforms into one of the most unique destinations in the world.