Recent content from Kerri Westenberg
What can you do if you haven’t booked a vacation, but you suddenly feel the itch to relax lakeside? Call in the experts for help — the people who run the local convention and visitor bureaus across the state.
When I entered my SkyMiles number in order to get the mileage credit for the flight, red type popped up.
What can travelers to the financially squeezed Greece expect? Business owners who will be happy to see euros. And great prices as the dollar strengthens and hotels in there look for customers.
Minnesota ranks third, after only Oregon and Nevada, when it comes to offering frugal-minded road travelers “the most fun for the least cost.”
These are cloudy days at Mendota Heights-based Sun Country Airlines. In continuing negotiations between the airline and its pilots, pay raises remain an issue. Pilots…
When it comes to choosing a seat on an airplane, are some better than others for boarding relatively early and securing overhead space for bags?
In a new Explore Minnesota television ad, scenes flash by in quick succession: horseback riding on the prairie, zip-lining, cycling in Lanesboro, rock climbing in…
The best summer vacations are carefree and easy — and go off without a hitch. So before you head out, we offer a few guideposts…
The number of visitors to Glensheen had been declining for years, but those numbers are turning around thanks to new additions and features.
Last week, I asked for help generating ideas for a women-only weekend away. Denver, New York City, Albuquerque and others came up. But one city dominated: Charleston, S.C.
“I wanted to see if you had any destination recommendations for a girl’s trip … outside of Minnesota,” the e-mail from a reader said. I’ve…
All along Minnesota’s North Shore each spring, snowmelt from the Sawtooth Mountains swells rivers and turns waterfalls into powerful spectacles. Grand Portage’s falls are among the best.
On a recent road trip, I longed for my dog-eared road atlas, with maps that trace small county roads, call out each tiny town with its own dot, reveal each stream and lake.
“If it’s Delta miles you want, there are other cards that will earn Delta miles faster,” read the e-mail from awards expert Gary Leff, who writes the View From the Wing blog.
Which state parks offer a good place to hook up a roving kitchen-bedroom-living room behemoth?
Amid fall’s flamboyant colors, subtle scenes hold their own stunning beauty.
Beauty and history shine bright under the monumental summer sky in the southwest corner of Minnesota
Minnesota is blessed with immense natural beauty and dramatic seasonal shifts. With the “State of Wonders” series, we showcase that range of scenery.
Life rebounds with fanfare as winter melts away in Minnesota’s northwest reaches.
My recent flights between Minneapolis and Los Angeles were seamless, even during a busy spring break week. The flight to LAX arrived so early that…
When we book flights — usually months ahead of our travels — plans are often still unfolding. That was the case for a reader who…
FICTION: A chance meeting between two old friends spurs memories and affects them both in surprising ways.
According to a new survey released last month by the American Travel Association, we are both annoyed at having to pay extra fees, and willing to pay them — if we can see clear benefits.
Say hello to cheap hotel rooms, reduced entry fees to museums and discounted dinners in Europe and elsewhere outside the country — all courtesy of the U.S. economy and its strong dollar.
Airlines for America, a trade group of U.S. airlines, released its 2015 spring forecast late last week. Its prediction: The number of passengers expected to…
Visitors to Minnesota state parks can sleep in teepees or one-room camper cabins, both designed to provide shelter without the need to pitch a tent.…
Travel, and the world is at your fingertips. So are scenes encountered along the way; all it takes is a click of a GoPro, a smartphone or a camera, and a vacation is ready to share. Fortunately, many of our readers did just that.
People who have longed to visit Cuba were thrilled Wednesday, when President Obama announced he was taking steps to normalize relations with the country. But how much and how quickly changes to travel will occur remain murky.
Duluth had better prepare itself for in influx of visitors and residents. The September issue of Outside magazine, which hits newsstands next week, names the city as the winner of its “Best Town Ever” contest, decided by reader voting.
Dave Ramberg of Maple Grove hopes you go on safari in Kenya. Not just because locals are kind. “We felt welcomed, even appreciated. We never…
Wherever I traveled for today’s feature story, I saw people planting gardens, picnicking, angling for fish hungry after months under ice. They probably didn’t mind if spring bounds right into summer.
In this state with more than 10,000 lakes, anybody can find a piece of summer paradise — even people whose planning tends toward procrastination or its upbeat version, spontaneity.
For years, I deluded myself into believing that I was an indispensable cog in the wheel. I worked long hours, as if quantity as much…
Does flying stress you out? Next time you’re at MSP, relax with a free hand massage or take a stroll on the walking trail.
Aurora borealis can erupt in stunning displays or prove elusive, though it helps to know when to head north of town and gaze at the night sky.
Participate in a scavenger hunt called “Checkpoint MN,” featuring 10 locations marked by signs around the state, and you could receive prizes from snow bikes to getaway packages.
When traveling to Mexico, a country still struggling to contain violence by drug cartels, there are precautions you can take to ensure your well-being beyond…
Want to know where to go to escape cold weather? Let tried-and-true pros be your guide.
Sun Country Vacations will stop offering cruise vacations next month, focusing instead on air plus hotel and resort vacations.
From a leaf-peeping forecast to ways to enjoy a warm autumn day, here’s a look at the most colorful time of the year.
Sheryl Hill -- founder of ClearCause Foundation, a nonprofit that educates youth about staying safe overseas and advocates for oversight of study-abroad programs -- shares her insights.
It’s so far away and so expensive to reach, a reader lamented about Tahiti as she and her fiancé began researching honeymoons. With no direct…
Fliers, be warned. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has suggested that flights could be delayed by as much as 90 minutes if the Federal Aviation Administration…
“Very nice and entertaining article,” Nadav Cassuto said about last week’s top Travel story, the tale of a woman’s futile search for the stunning, pink-plumed Roseate Spoonbill in Florida. “But if you visit in migration times, you can even increase your chances to see the [bird].”
A 20-year-old Minnesota man had settled into his transcontinental KLM flight, occasionally entertaining the two unaccompanied children seated beside him, when he was asked to…
These holiday classics should glide through airport security as easily as Santa's sleigh on freshly fallen snow.
When Barry Vaudrin goes on a cruise, he packs the usual smart casual wardrobe, swimsuit and vacation excitement. He also carries a few extras: a…
The American Queen steamboat is back on the mighty Mississippi, offering cruises and a dose of nostalgia.
Life through the eyes of a young Norwegian boy, after his mother leaves his father and moves to Oslo.
As the Travel editor, I sometimes get to play travel agent (sort of), when readers ask me where they should go next. I relish answering…
A trip to Winona last autumn turned up touches of color in the treetops and beyond.
Pristine land on the southeastern shore of Lake Vermilion, near Ely, takes shape as Minnesota's newest state park.
On the outskirts of the humble county seat of Pipestone, in the southwest corner of Minnesota, lies an unusual plot of land called the Pipestone National Monument.
Remember two weeks ago when thermometer readings hit triple digits in the Twin Cities? A breeze off Lake Superior kept Duluth in the 80s those…
Looking for a classic Minnesota getaway, a piece of Up North paradise? Let our readers guide you to the most beloved resorts in the state.
Cruise lines are reviewing safety practices after the deadly Costa Concordia accident off the Italian coast, while vacationers ponder whether to stay ashore.
"Why does Delta Air Lines hate Palm Springs?" a reader recently asked. He also posed a less facetious question: How do airlines determine where to…
At Atlantis Paradise Island, an impressive resort in the Bahamas, beware of a deluge of expenses amid a watery world of fun.
A Minnesota couple took their 1-year-old daughter on a six-month hike across the American West, and they want you to know that you can do it, too.
Rachel Liechty was pregnant when she and husband, David, had an inspired idea for binding the family together after the birth: They would hike the…
A Minnesota man who has long tracked silly signs from around the world turns his attention to souvenirs .
Sandwiched between the magnificence of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains, Grand Marais is one of the best bases for exploring the North Shore.
"I'm talking to an inanimate object, I know," a colleague confided when he told me about a little routine he carries out before he enters…
Minnesotans can't get enough of Mickey and Mexico, according to a Travel Leaders survey released late last week. The national travel company, with headquarters in…
Dazzling hues will soon crown trees throughout the state, thanks to ample rain during the growing season.
Plenty of diversions fill the grounds of this Minnetonka beach and its park. But none is as enticing as the diving dock, dominated by teens and tweens.
Celebrate a centennial at two gems of the system in northern Minnesota: Chippewa and Superior National Forests.
Check out U.S. State Department travel advisories before heading beyond our borders.
There's help for Minnesotans who need a quick escape from the cold.
How to easily compare fares? Go to an aggregator site or a local travel agent.
Festive clothes don't have to cost a bundle. You'd be surprised.
The spirit of the north infuses every subject offered at this gem of a folk school in Grand Marais.
MSP fares well in study on airport fare; United Airlines' menu ranks as healthiest.
Book now and be flexible with dates to find the best fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas flights.
With new season upon us, she needs help on where to shop.