The first sunrise of 2020 brought deep orange and pink colors over the Duluth Harbor North and South Breakwater Lighthouses in Duluth, MN on January 1

Viking cruises will sail the Great Lakes with a stop in Duluth

The cruise line discovers the Port City, names Minnesota explorer Ann Bancroft a ship godmother.

In Tunisia, a showcase of Roman mosaics

January 16
The Bardo’s original palace, which dates to the 1100s, became a museum in the late 1800s and home to local treasures, including Roman sculpture.
The expanded Bardo Museum in Tunis holds a treasure trove of Roman mosaics.

Midwest Traveler: Eating your way through Appleton, Wis.

January 16
SAP Brunch, Brown Bag & Bakery is a contemporary take on a retro diner: quirky and cheerful with breakfast bar and bakery case.
The Wisconsin city is full of sweet surprises — but not necessarily apples.
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January 19
Sunset at White Sands paints the dunes in a striking lavender hue.

A visit to the newest national park, White Sands

In December, the vast fields of gypsum known as White Sands became the 62nd national park.
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January 18
A rendering of the Viking expedition ship Octantis.

Viking cruise line will sail to Duluth; Hong Kong losing tourists amid protests

Viking cruises to Duluth Last week, Viking announced a cruise route that hits close to home. Beginning May 2022, the company that got its start…
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January 18
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon underway in Two Harbors.

Quick Trips: Winterfest in Spicer; Bold & Cold in Owatonna; Beargrease sled dog race

Spicer, Minn. The 35th annual Winterfest continues today with ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, children’s ice fishing and live music. The festival highlight — the…
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January 17
With cobblestone streets, Quebec City seems like an immersion in Europe.

Why Quebec should be your next stop (relatively) close to home

Not far away, a Canadian province offers cultural immersion, French language and natural beauty.
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January 17
Beach at Manzanita, Oregon.

Manzanita Beach: a quiet stop along the Oregon coast

THE Traveler: Sharon Allexsaht of St. Paul.The scene: The setting sun silhouettes the photographer's husband, Bill Allexsaht, her daughter Becky Allexsaht, Becky's fiancé…
Bloomington, MN, Minneapolis St. Paul International has long carried its weight amongst national airports. Now, with a flurry of hot new restaurants,
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January 17
Guests eat at a dinner organized by Eatwith, a communal dining service that is now in more than 200 cities.

Tips for thriving when traveling solo

Traveling solo has always been rewarding — and it has also sometimes been uncomfortable. I've encountered wimpy locks on hotel doors, felt unease when lost…
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January 17
Participants descended Google-colored slides at the Google Assistant exhibition during the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 8 in Las Vegas.

How Google's new travel tools can make you a smarter planner

Google Travel's new features emphasize custom results and price transparency, all at rapid speed.
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January 17
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

Inside Orlando's only Five Diamond hotel, with a $15,000-a-night suite

The $15,000-a-night Royal Suite helps set the Four Seasons Resort apart.
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January 17
A koala and her baby at the Raymond Island Koala and Wildlife Shelter in Australia. Wildfires have killed at least 25 people and inflicted a grievous

Should we even visit Australia right now?

Seven questions about traveling Down Under during catastrophic fires.
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January 16
The “bedsit,” the apartment’s main gathering place, at the former London home of Jimi Hendrix on Brook Street in Mayfair, London.

London still offers a proper Jimi Hendrix experience

Surviving landmarks and an impressive exhibit tell the story of the guitarist.
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January 16
People queue as they enter a bus in Paris.

Travel Troubleshooter: Mudslide! Train from Paris to Venice turns into a bus

Q: We reserved a two-person compartment on the Thello night train from Paris to Venice last summer. A mudslide on the tracks led to the…
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January 12
Warehouse giant Costco sells travel, too.

7 things to know about booking a vacation with Costco Travel

The members-only warehouse club has all types of vacation packages, hotel rooms, flights and rental cars.
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January 11
A bald eagle surveys the fields during heavy snow Jan. 7, 2019, near Waseca, Minn.

Quick Trips: Ice Box Days in International Falls, bald eagle festivals

International Falls, Minn. A scavenger hunt, storytelling and games Thu. will kick off a weekend of winter fun during the 40th annual Ice Box Days.…
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January 11
The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card.

Delta unveils high-tech future; Chase hikes annual fee; Eelpout Festival canceled

Delta’s high-tech vision From exoskeletons for cargo workers to an airport jumbo screen that displays different words to everyone reading it, Delta Air Lines envisions…
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January 10
The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour boat crosses the canal from Lake Osceola to Lake Virginia. Bring hats and sunscreen for the one-hour tour.

Seeing Florida by boat: Seven classic tours, from glass-bottom wonders to the African Queen

From Key West to Winter Park, boat tours serve up classic views of the state.
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January 10
Passengers board Carnival’s Victory at the Port of Miami as they prepared to sail for Nassau.

Cruisers wonder how far Carnival will take its new dress code

The cruise line enacts a ban on clothing that might be considered offensive.
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January 9
Aruba

Why you want to go to Aruba now: warmth and sun

THE Traveler: Ryan Karlstad of Stillwater. The scene: Near Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba, a sailboat cuts across the Caribbean Sea amid…
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January 9
A wall in the new Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis displays vintage paperback covers of “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

Two centers in Indianapolis celebrate local icons Kurt Vonnegut and Madam Walker

Two centers pay tribute to novelist Kurt Vonnegut and Madam Walker, the first female African-American millionaire.
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January 9
Atop the ferris wheel on the historic Santa Monica Pier.

Mourning the remake and price hike at a favorite hotel

My family returns to Santa Monica, Calif., almost annually. But since we moved from there to here 15 years ago, the place has gone posh.…
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January 9
Dancers of the Carnival of Riosucio (Carnival of the Devil) performed in Bogota, Colombia.

Why your next vacation should be in Colombia

An essential overview of what to see, eat, buy, say (or not say) and more.