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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.
Escape Lounge, a new spot at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, is designed to keep fliers happy — at least those with extra cash.
Catherine Reid Day of St. Paul was tucked into a Paris hotel room Nov. 14, trying without success to sleep, when her phone beeped.
Lower prices and easy-to-get reservations are nice, but the main reason to travel when others stay at home? You can see a place more clearly when it's not overcrowded.
This holiday season, I’m carrying a little something extra on the airplane: knowledge at my fingertips. As I pack for my upcoming trip, the Fly…
"We are seeing new Puerto Vallarta bookings," said Renata Faeth, sales manager at AAA Minneapolis. "We encourage it, with confidence."
ere are four things you can do at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to turn a flight delay into an opportunity.
"Would you change seats so I could sit by my husband?" a woman asked my friend, who had an aisle seat.
Some people long for the elusive vacation spot that will leave them entirely unplugged: no ringing phones, no pressure to get the perfect shot to…
The airline we're stuck with (because it dominates our market) is the airline we love to hate. But there must be some reasons to love Delta, right?
What problem have airline passengers complained most about this year? Lost luggage, according to Skytrax, an airline and airport user-review website.
As soon as the book "Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail," arrived in the mailbox, I began to dream and plot.
Uhu, newcomer to the International Owl Center in Houston, Minn., brings an air of worldliness to the place. That's because she is a Eurasian eagle-owl,…
Five beloved fall drives you'll want to take, plus inns to savor at the road's end.
The U.S. State Department is cranking up — and the added energy has little to do with the proposed Iran nuclear deal. September is Passport Awareness Month.
Debra Gartner returned to Golden Valley after a family trip to Spain with happy memories — and an annoying problem. For a stop in Seville,…
Soon, U.S. overseas travelers' frustrations with credit cards could ease. Visa and MasterCard are switching to a chip-reading system, which is used nearly everywhere else in the world.
You drive up the sunny road and find nothing has changed. You know the best place on the lake for a swim, when to settle on the porch for sunset and where to buy the best burger.
Broadway has a privy problem. Lines. LOOONG lines. In one glorious historic theater after another, womenfolk grumbled about, ahem, limited seating.
My husband and I have a secret place. It’s east of Tucson, Ariz. That’s all I can say. I may already have said too much.…
Changes are coming again to Delta Air Lines' SkyMiles program. On June 1, 2016, the number of miles needed to book an award flight may go up significantly.
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?
Beauty and history shine bright under the monumental summer sky in the southwest corner of Minnesota
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.
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