Voyageurs National Park is Minnesota's gift to America

Voyageurs National Park is Minnesota's gift to America

Voyageurs National Park holds surprising treasures of ancient geology, human history and natural splendor for adventurous vacationers.

Why houseboat? Because the perks outweigh the pains

July 22
Why houseboat? Because the perks outweigh the pains
Yes, I would vacation on a houseboat again. And no, it was not as simple as unpacking in a hotel and kicking back.

Austin's new Spam Museum is at center of July 29 anniverary party

July 22
Austin's new Spam Museum is at center of July 29 anniverary party
I've been to both former Spam museums, so when I heard Hormel was opening a new one in downtown Austin, I made plans.
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July 23

Three national park units preserve Minnesota treasures

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area The river that slices through the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul once helped form the cities. Now, it…
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July 23

Details: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park The basics: This park in California is known for stunning waterfalls, giant sequoias, grand meadows and Half Dome, a rock climber’s challenge.…
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July 23

Details: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park The basics: The country’s first national park, in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, shows off volcanic forces with fantastical geysers, hot springs and…
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July 23

Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the battle begin

More big hotel companies are taking a cue from the home-sharing experience.
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July 22

Our National Parks: Excerpts from reader's tales

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Park info: nps.gov/meve; 1-970-529-4465 Driving through the Southwest in the middle of the summer may not have been…
Blog: Escape Artists
Blog: Escape Artists
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Star Tribune Travel Editor Kerri Westenberg and other staff contributors offer a global discourse about great vacation finds close to home and adventures far afield.
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July 22
Visitors can witness the strength of the Yellowstone River from an obs...

A National Park Service timeline

1872: Yellowstone becomes the nation’s first national park. 1890: Yosemite joins in at No. 2.  1906: Antiquities Act allows presidents to reserve historic landmarks and…
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July 22

Grand Portage National Monument brings a brief but vibrant period of Minnesota history to life

Grand Portage National Monument pays homage to fur trade and fashion.
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July 22

Pipestone National Monument offers a glimpse into the past, as it still is practiced today

Pipestone National Monument is a sacred place for Indians, a thoughtful place for all.
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July 22

Embracing America's greatest idea

Staggering vistas show this country's raw beauty.
Blog: World Class
Blog: World Class
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These Minnesota college students get an A+ for adventure. Follow along as they explore the world while studying abroad.
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July 22

Ten tips for visiting Yellowstone National Park

This special national park keeps calling her back.
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July 22

11 rules from a 10-month road trip through 45 national parks

To really get to know the parks, go slow and meet your fellow pilgrims.
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July 22

Travel Troubleshooter: Ripped off in a national park, and then by travel insurance

Q: I took a seven-day Road Scholar trip to the national parks in the Florida Keys. Travel insurance was included in the price of the…
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July 22

Know & Go: Sun Country adds service to West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sun Country plans winter flights to West Palm Beach Mendota Heights-based Sun Country Airlines has added an option for winter sun seekers. The airline has…
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July 20

Rio and Zika: the surprising power of a mosquito

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…
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July 16

Packing tips from traveling author David Sedaris

The frequent traveler relies on folding hangers and cutlery, plus "stop talking" cards.
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July 16

Authentic Amsterdam in the De Pijp neighborhood

Never heard of De Pijp? Welcome to the coolest 'hood in the city.
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July 15

Know & Go: Streetcars back in Kansas City; U.K. airfares plunge

Streetcars back in K.C. More than half a century after they disappeared, streetcars have returned to Kansas City, Mo. The new route spans just 2.2…
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July 15

Travel Troubleshooter: When your flight is canceled, wait for the airline to rebook you

Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight home to Bermuda, my 7-year-old daughter and I…
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July 15

Sunset illuminates a stark landscape in Death Valley

The Traveler: Lew Beccone of Minneapolis. The scene: A setting sun illuminated a weather-beaten world at Death Valley National Park. “Beautiful and stark,…
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July 15

At Mesa Verde National Park, a legacy set in stone

Cliff dwellings in southwest Colorado raise poignant questions.