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In March, the Transportation Security Administration instituted a new pat-down procedure for airport security, and it is more thorough — and more invasive — than…
Heading Up North soon? You will not be alone. Wood ticks thrive there — and they are growing more worrisome. Powassan, babesiosis, human anaplasmosis: These…
Night had fallen, and I lay on a blanket looking skyward. My head seemed to swirl; my brain could barely absorb the scene. The ground…
Here are 13 places in Minnesota to lounge by the lake, one for each week of summer.
Do you need a reason to head Up North, to be among all those healthful birds, trees and lakes?
June, when congestion and thunderstorms converge, is the worst month for flight delays, not winter months.
In 2003, the Department of Transportation expanded the definition of service animal to include not just guide dogs, but also animals that lend emotional support.
Picpus Cemetery has a thrilling history, and not just because the Marquis de La Fayette was laid to rest there.
Which is the best online travel site to use for buying airline tickets? The answer, well, there is no simple answer. It may be best to use many.
Readers occasionally complain that although their application for TSA PreCheck was approved — and they paid the $85 application fee — they do not get a pass to the fast lane.
I travel, I shop, I buy. Then I come home and brace for the credit card bill.
What you need to know about getting bumped off a flight.
Not all hotel bookings are created equal, as reader Jim Walsh discovered during a trip to Georgia.
I use Visa and American Express credit cards and a bank debit card. Which of these would make the best source of euros at cash machines during a trip to Italy?
An airplane's wings are meant to give — a little or a lot, depending on the conditions in the air.
Where should you go for spring break if you don't want to hop on a plane? Buckle your seat belt and get ready for takeoff…
A twangy rendition of Prince’s iconic “Purple Rain” hit my ears. I was sitting in my seat at the start of a Delta flight from…
I once wandered into Aloft Minneapolis during a lunch-hour walk. When I saw the living room-like lobby, I wished that I were from out of town.
I polled well-traveled foodies at Star Tribune to come up the most romantic restaurants worth a short drive.
Hitting a Cancun beach, but forgoing day trips that would pass through a jungle. Heading to Hawaii instead of Puerto Rico. Wearing DEET, the heavy-duty…
Fliers, let your voice be heard — in Washington, D.C., not necessarily aboard an airplane. The Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on whether…
Minnesotans travel the globe, and they've got the photographs to prove it.
It is way past my bedtime and I can't pull myself from the computer screen. I keep going deeper into the rabbit hole of Airbnb, contemplating apartments in Rome.
My colleagues and I travel for work. Not a bad gig. But we never take it for granted — or forget that at its core, our job is to travel for our readers.
With every new year comes a heap of predictions about travel. The most exciting among them for 2017? Airfares so low that it'll be a breeze to keep our travel resolution — or to make one now.
A burgeoning folk school, a newly acquired iconic painting, a green hostel overlooking Lake Superior: These are great reasons to go exploring. In fact, this…
If there's one thing that MSP TSA agent Marcelino Puente, a 13-year veteran, wants the flying public to know, it's this: Be prepared.
United Airlines is riling the flying public by decreeing that those who purchase seats at the lowest fares cannot use overhead bins to stow their…
If you want to get through security without slowing down the line, read on. With any luck — and the proper preparation — your checkpoint experience won't dampen holiday spirits.
The economy is up and gas prices are down. That's reason to be grateful — until you hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.
I am planning a family trip to Italy for spring break in March 2017. My daughter's passport is good through August. That'll work, right?
Connie Lindor and Scott Muellner, the duo behind the much-missed Redlurered design shop in Minneapolis, founded PlansMatter as a way to connect consumers with architecturally significant vacation rental properties.
Anyone traveling to Canada should know that your past can follow you to the border — and keep you from crossing it.
The giant travel website and its booking site, Viator, has already stopped selling tickets to attractions that feature wild animals held in captivity.
Forget old and stuffy. The latest innovative offering at Glensheen is its own version of Night at the Museum — with drinks and food trucks.
Airline tickets are like real estate: Buy when the price works for your budget, and don't look back when the market — or the prices — drop.
I found the perfect trail for fall, even if I hiked it surrounded by green leaves.
Remember when bad weather was the usual suspect for flight delays? Not anymore. And unlike weather patterns, computer problems can strike without warning.
You are no doubt familiar with the mad dash from site to site when looking for good airfare. You try Expedia, then Kayak, then Priceline.…
It was Day Four of a family trip to Madeline Island, and I sat listless in the armless chair beside the doctor's desk, recounting my woes.
When storms ripped through northern Minnesota in the early morning hours of July 21, it wreaked havoc in beloved vacation spots. But the area is recovering fast.
Yes, I would vacation on a houseboat again. And no, it was not as simple as unpacking in a hotel and kicking back.
The gold medal for scaring away spectators goes to Aedes aegypti, a little bitty mosquito. As the Olympic Games approach — scheduled for Aug. 5-21…
My souvenirs lean toward the practical, from a ceramic hurricane lamp purchased in Mexico City to a Gooseberry Falls hoodie I picked up during my most recent trip to the North Shore.
This holiday weekend, many of us are driving to a treasured spot in the state. Lucky us. Where there are others, well, Minnesotans, generally speaking, are a pretty pleasant bunch.
A reader recently asked if I’ve ever purchased travel insurance, and what kinds of trips warrant the coverage. Actually, I haven’t. Not yet. When I’ve…
“Travel with those of like mind, for whom an elegant voyage through America is as treasured a gift for them as it is for you.”…
Two types of fees can unexpectedly raise the price of your summer getaway. To avoid a bill that, well, exceeds expectations, read the fine print on your selected resort's website and confirmation e-mails.
With all the attention brought to the Twin Cities area by the star's passing, organizations are highlighting their tours.
Fliers have endured a frustrating few months with record-long security lines at airports around the country.
What does the Federal Reserve have to do with your overseas vacation?
Considerations about climate take a back seat when going on vacation because you can't control the weather, and besides, you can always dress for it, right?
Life rebounds with fanfare as winter melts away in Minnesota's northwest reaches.
Minnesota is blessed with immense natural beauty and dramatic seasonal shifts. With the "State of Wonders" series, we showcase that range of scenery.
Amid fall's flamboyant colors, subtle scenes hold their own stunning beauty.
If things go smoothly in Washington — and why wouldn't they? — fliers could soon see some changes for the better.
The quirky, laid-back town sets the tone for a Madeline Island vacation.
Due to a recent change at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, you can turn to Uber, that fleet of free-range individuals offering rides in their personal vehicles.
A friend and I tucked into the rustic building at Jay Cooke State Park after a day of hiking. We were drawn by its brown-clapboard,…
The Tall Ships Duluth events have proved so popular that tickets to sail on the ships have sold out in days, if not hours. But all is not lost.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and we want you to help us celebrate and document these gems.
Given long security lines at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program is looking better than ever.
The Transportation Security Administration's changes to the checkpoints at MSP were supposed to increase, not decrease, efficiency. Unfortunately, the reality is falling short of the intention.
Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel — one of the country’s storied lodges, in one of the great national parks — may soon be no more, at least…
I've just returned from a trip to Phoenix, and I am surprised that — despite all the upsell opportunities thrown my way — I remained on budget.
Delta Air Lines now is offering four levels of ticket fare: basic economy, main cabin, comfort-plus and first class. What gives?
Across the country, municipalities are waging battles against home sharing sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.
Will you let a little thing keep you from traveling? Maybe, if that thing is the Zika virus, which measures just 40 billionths of a…
What has become of Minnesotans' inclination to drive friends, neighbors and family members to or from the airport?
What to do in the face of yet another terrorist attack on innocent travelers, the most recent near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul? Pack your suitcase.
If you are looking for a snowy scene and want to get out on cross-country skis, snowshoes or a dogsled, head north.
Our region is beautiful and diverse, with remote beaches, adventure trails and boutique hotels all within a day's drive. So here is a collection of 2016 destinations made exclusively for Minnesotans. Fill your tank, and head out to explore.
I strapped on snowshoes, hiked over a frozen lake and stopped to watch a woodpecker hunting for lunch. My own noontime meal had been a…
Want to improve your photo skills? Consider taking a class before your next trip.
Before heading over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house by car, tend to these road-trip tips, just in case.
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