Vladivostok, Russia

The capital of Primorsky Territory, Vladivostok has served as Russia’s bastion in the Far East since Czarist times. Located on the hills above Golden Horn Bay, the city is the terminus for the fabled Trans-Siberian Railroad, the longest continuous rail line in the world. The homeport of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, Vladivostok was closed to the outside world until 1992.