A beautiful piece of land and by far not as dangerous as it's amde out to be by the media. It's Russia spiced with the mentality and the traditions of the native Caucasian peoples.
Places worth visiting:
Vladikavkaz - build as a Russian forepost to the Caucasus, the city offers beautiful sights on the mountains (5 min by car only!), interesting architecture and so on.
Kislovodsk - nice little SPA ressort, wonderful architecture and parks. Come here in summer! The rose fields are worth visit. And the cafe Snezhinka is famous for its tasty coffee (turkish style) and doughnuts!
Mt Elbrus - 5.642 m high, the white twin peaks are somewhat of a symbol of the Caucasus. Day trips there can be booked in travel agencies in many cities of the Northern Caucasus and aren't all that expensive. If you are by car and not afraid of the Caucasian streets, you can also choose that way (however, be prepared of cows suddenly blocking the road!). An aerial passenger line leads you to a height of about 3.500 m. Best to go there between May and September, otherwise the weather conditions might get a bit tricky.
... more soon to come... julotschka