World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities

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Kate Appleton

For a vacation sure to float your boat, head to one of these beautiful canal cities or regions.

St. Petersburg, Russia

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An intricate network of canals crisscrosses this crown jewel among Russian cities. The grand Neva River (pictured) breaks off into strands that go by the State Hermitage Museum and circa-1800 cathedrals and mansions. All kinds of watercraft ply the canals, including futuristic hydrofoils that can speed you to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s epic summer palace.

How to Do It Right: Visit during the annual summer White Nights Festival, which heralds the midnight sun with concerts, exhibits, and street fairs. Revelers spill out of bars to gather along the water and cheer the late-night raising of the Neva River bridges to let tall ships pass.

World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities

St. Petersburg, Russia

An intricate network of canals crisscrosses this crown jewel among Russian cities. The grand Neva River (pictured) breaks off into strands that go by the State Hermitage Museum and circa-1800 cathedrals and mansions. All kinds of watercraft ply the canals, including futuristic hydrofoils that can speed you to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s epic summer palace.

How to Do It Right: Visit during the annual summer White Nights Festival, which heralds the midnight sun with concerts, exhibits, and street fairs. Revelers spill out of bars to gather along the water and cheer the late-night raising of the Neva River bridges to let tall ships pass.

Kate Appleton
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