Published January/February 2014

Simply Sochi

Five reasons to visit the 2014 Winter Olympics host city

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The XXII Olympic Games will be the biggest ever, with more than 2,500 athletes competing in 98 separate events. And, from Feb. 7 – 23, the eyes of the world will turn to Sochi, Russia’s largest resort city, which sprawls for miles along the shore of the Black Sea and reaches up into the Caucasus Mountains.
 
The host nation has poured an estimated $50 billion into making the 2014 Winter Games a success — a puzzling concept to many Russians, because just about every place in Russia has a real winter except Sochi.  
 
Here are our top five reasons to plan a visit to this subtropical oasis once the Olympics crowds and prices have decreased:
 
1. Sochi is the biggest resort town on the “Russian Riviera,” and has become known as the summer resort capital of Russia, thanks to its beaches, spas, swaying palms, and subtropical climate.
 
2. Atop Mt. Akhun, nearly 2,200 feet above sea level, stands a 100-foot-tall observation tower. Take in one-of-a-kind views of the city, the coastline, and beyond from this vantage point.
 
3. Sochi is home to the Western Caucasus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which remains largely untouched by humans and is home to a variety of geology, ecosystems, and species. 
 
4. With a focus on water thanks to its beaches and mineral springs, Sochi is also home to Russia’s largest aquarium (Sochi Discovery World Aquarium®) and Russia’s biggest dolphinarium (at Sochi Riviera Park).
 
5. Sochi will host the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until (at least) 2020, and is one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
    
For More Information
Call your local AAA Travel professional at 1-888-870-9367, or visit AAA.com.
 
Sochi is the biggest resort town on the “Russian Riviera”
Sochi is the biggest resort town on the “Russian Riviera”
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