Lake Baikal, Russia
The Great BaikalLake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, is one of the most beautiful places I've been and my perspective changed as I stood alone on its shore--a self-sustaining and unique ecosystem that has its own type of seal and even shrimp. It truly makes you feel tiny and in awe of the world. The town of Baikal is quiet and friendly, a true Siberian example. The ancient tsar's regime's attempted to pull trains laden with money across the lake it in the 1900s-- a failed last-ditch effort to escape the Bolsheviks. Nothing beats Baikal! Take the Trans-Siberian to Irkutsk and hire a local driver it and from it for the full effect and meet the locals to learn the Native story of Baikal.