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Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, Russia

Snowy volcanic peaks tower over the hilly streets of Petropavlosk, the largest city on Russia's remote and wild Kamchatka peninsula, named for Bering's two ships, the St. Peter and the St. Paul. Five thousand miles and 11 time zones east of Moscow, Petropavlovsk was off limits to everyone save the native population, military personnel, and fishermen during the Cold War, and is just beginning to make inroads as a gateway for eco-tourism excursions. The Kamchatka peninsula boasts the world's largest brown bear population; rivers choked with salmon; 200 thermal springs, and numerous awe-inspiring, lava-spewing peaks.