If you go THE BEST WAY TO MOSCOW From LAX, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Delta, British and Swiss offer connecting service (change of planes) to Moscow. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $602.
TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 7 (country code for Russia), 495 (the Moscow area code) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY Godzillas Hostel, 6 Bolshoi Karetnyy, Moscow; (495) 699-4223, www.godzillashostel.com. Doubles from $70.
Napoleon Hostel, 2 Maly Zlatoustinskiy St., Moscow; (495) 628-6695, www.napoleonhostel.com, dorm rooms starting at $18 per person.
Go to Russia, (888) 263-0023, www.gotorussia.com. Apartments in Moscow starting at $129 a night.
Hotel Budapest, 18 Petrovskie Linii, Moscow; (495) 925-3050, www.hotel-budapest.ru/en/main. Doubles from $228.
Hotel Izmaylovo, 71Izmailovskoye Shosse, Moscow; (495) 737-7000, www.izmailovo.ru/en. The 2,000-room hotel complex offers doubles starting at $100.
WHERE TO EAT Chaikhona No. 1, Karetny Ryad, Hermitage Garden; (495) 790-0032, www.chaihona.com. Uzbek cuisine and tea house features hookahs of milk, wine, cognac and absinthe. Entrees $6-$22; hookahs $25-$65.
Correa's, 40 B. Ordynka, Moscow; (495) 725-5878, www.correas.ru/en. Russian and Mediterranean cuisine with focus on lunch menu. Entrees about $13-$28.
Dantes, 13 Myasnitskaya St., (495) 621-4688, www.dantesrestoran.ru. Russian, European and Asian cuisine. Entrees about $10-$32.
Berikony, 11 Volkhonka, Moscow; (495) 729-2723, www.berikony.ru. Georgian cuisine with Russian and Georgian bard music. Entrees about $9-$46.
Apartment No. 44, 22 B. Nikitskaya St., Moscow; (495) 291-7503, www.kv44.ru. Russian cuisine in a cozy apartment-like setting with live piano. Entrees run about $10-$12.
WHAT TO SEE Tsaritsyno Park, 1 Dolskaya St., Moscow; (495) 322-6843, http://www.tsaritsyno.net/English_vers/mainE.htm. Park is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday in the winter; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday. Admission to the park is free; admission to museum is $5. Guided excursions begin at $15.
Patriarshy Pond, cross streets are Malaya Bronnaya Street and Yermolayevsky Pereulok, Moscow. Open 24/7/365.
Project OGI, Potapovsky Pereulok, 8/12, str. 2, Moscow; (495) 627-5366, www.proektogi.ru. Open daily, concerts begin at 10 p.m. Restaurant serves Russian and European cuisine, entrees about $4-$13.
Winzavod, 4th Syromyatnicheski Pereulok, 1, str. 6, Moscow; (495) 917-4646, www.winzavod.ru. Admission is free. Most galleries are open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Proect Fabrika, Perevedenovski Pereulok, 18, Moscow; (495) 265-3926, www.proektfabrika.ru. Admission is free for galleries, about $10 for shows. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Satire Theater, Triumfalnaya Square, 2, Moscow; (495) 699-6305, www.satire.ru. Open daily. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are about $15-$50.
Church of Christ the Savior, Volkhonka St., 15, Moscow; (495) 637-1276, http://www.xxc.ru/english/index.htm. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays.
The Fishing Village, Selskokhozyaistvennaya Street, Likhoborski vhod na VVTS, Moscow; (495) 772-9072, www.fishing-moscow.ru. Open 24/7/365.
Pharmaceutical Garden, Prospect Mira, 26, Moscow; (495) 680-5880, www.hortus.ru. The 300-year-old botanical garden belongs to the Moscow State University and is the city's oldest. It's a charming park with extensive collections. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $3-$5.
Moscow River cruise, Berezhkovskaya Naberejnaya, Europe Square, Moscow; (495) 225-6070, www.cck-ship.ru. The two-hour cruise through the center of Moscow is a great way to get a sense of the city. The cruise passes by several landmarks, including the Kremlin, the Novodevichy Monastery, Moscow State University, Vorobyovy Gory, the "Red October" candy factory, the Central House of Artists and the controversial Peter the Great statue. One-way tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for children under 12, free for children under 5.
TO LEARN MORE Moscow City, 257 W. 39th St., Studio 39, New York, N.Y.; (800) 755-3080, www.moscowcity.com.
U.S. citizens are required to get a Russian visa, which can be acquired through your hotel, or Go to Russia, (888) 263-0023, www.gotorussia.com.