Novokuznetsk — the region's largest and oldest city is also the center of the coal mining industry and the site of Dostoevsky's marriage
Tashtagol a town in the southern Gornaya Shoria region, which serves as a base for skiing in the area's mountains
Yaya — a small town on the Trans-Siberian notable only for its name, Яя, which holds the undisputed title of the dead last place name in Russian alphabetical order
Kuznetsky Alatau Nature Reserve
Shorsky National Park
By Siberian standards, Kemerovo Oblast is populous, urban, and industrialized. It lies in the heart of the "Kuzbass" (Kuznets Basin) region, home to the world's largest deposits of coal. Accordingly, most of Kemerovo Oblast's cities developed because of economic opportunities related to the coal industry. As a result, the region's cities are often quite polluted, although the situation has improved since the fall of the USSR. Visitors to the region's cities will find them busy, but not significant tourist attractions in and of themselves. But this is all the more reason to get out into the beautiful and unspoilt (and uninhabited) Siberian countryside!