Ruth Venegas and Zeek Ramos joined a sea cave tour with Lost Creek Adventures on their visit from Chicago.

Superior's divine isles: Exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostles are among the last truly remote places in the Midwest, precisely because they are so hard to reach.

Midwest Traveler: Chicago's beer spa is a barrel of fun

August 15
Patrons soak in a larch-wood tubs filled with hops, yeast, herbs and beer at Piva Beer Spa.
In Chicago, soak in the suds for an afternoon of brew-filled relaxation.

Madrid's El Parque Retiro is more than its scenery

August 15
A woman soaks up the sun in a pleasure boat in the park lake.
The nearly 400-year-old El Parque Retiro offers visitors live music, art shows and book fairs.
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August 17
Mickela Mallozzi, host of PBS’ “Bare Feet,” meets local musicians in the village of Clejani, Romania. Mallozzi looked to her own DNA for the thi

PBS host Mickela Mallozzi on tracing your roots through travel

The host of PBS' "Bare Feet" looked to her own DNA for its third season.
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August 17
Travelers made their way through one of the two TSA security checkpoints at Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in May.

MSP limits one TSA checkpoint to PreCheck for 4 months

One of two checkpoints at the main terminal is being renovated until mid-December.
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August 16
Unpacking from a vacation can be both physical and mental.

Dreading coming back from vacation? How to ease your return to daily life

There are ways to alleviate the "post-vacation blues."
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August 16
People watched a Delta Air Lines jet approach Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

What happens when a pilot is suspected of intoxication?

Consequences are severe, but the situation is rare.
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August 16
Sugar cane field in Egypt

Sweet smiles from workers in a sugar cane field near Luxor, Egypt

THE Traveler: Linda Sandell of Mounds View. The scene: Workers in a field of sugar cane paused to watch the photographer and others…
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August 16
An Air France Boeing 777-300. Air France is a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, which includes partner Delta.

Flying to Europe in 'basic economy' as a family isn't hard

With some creativity, a family's journey to Paris in "economy light" wasn't a weighty endeavor.
Local
August 16
Minnesota United forward Mason Toye (23) celebrated a goal during the second half on Aug. 7 in the win over Portland, sending the Loons and their fans

Sun Country sets charter flight for Loons' Open Cup title match

Purchase of an airline ticket on this special flight includes round-trip coach bus transportation to and from the stadium in Atlanta, but not tickets to the match.
Variety
August 15
The Spanish Steps in Rome, before new rules banned sitting.

Tourists beware: Know the rules of Rome

When I traveled to Rome in March, I enjoyed a few moments of relaxation on the Spanish Steps, which run 138 rungs between the Spanish…
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August 15
Members of a flight crew leave Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Travel Troubleshooter: When your international flight is delayed for so long, the crew goes home

Q: Last year, I was scheduled to fly from Barcelona to Banjul, Gambia, on Vueling Airlines. The flight was initially delayed, then delayed further,…
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August 15
The balcony at the Lotte New York Palace hotel, featured in the “Gossip Girl” series.

Psst, there's a secret 'Gossip Girl' tour in New York

A security officer at the Lotte New York Palace gives the tour to loyal fans.
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August 10
30-hour trek
Johan Hilm traveled by train, bus and ferry to get from Sweden to Austria without flying. By doing so, he reduced his total carbon emissi

In Europe, travelers are taking trains to save the planet

STOCKHOLM – If he had hopped on a plane, Johan Hilm would have gotten from Sweden to Austria in two hours. Instead, the lanky…
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August 10
Overhead compartments tend to fill quickly on full flights.

Should you check your bag or carry on? Here's what to consider when flying

Checking a bag vs. carrying it on is the great debate of airline travel.
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August 10
The World Record Muskie? This speciman weighing 69 pounds 8 ounces was caught in 1949 in Lake Court O'Reilles near Hayward, Wis., by Cal Johnson. The

Quick Trips: Paul Bunyan fest and National Musky Tournament, Eagle River, Wis., Irish fest in Milwaukee, Big Island Bar-B-Que, Albert Lea, Minn.

Eagle River, Wis. Bring your appetite and fishing poles to the 40th annual Paul Bunyan Fest and the 34th annual National Championship Musky Open Tournament.…
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August 10
Vacation rentals in Kissimmee feature Star Wars-themed bedrooms.

'Star Wars'-themed vacation rentals in Florida; airlines are adding bigger overhead bins

‘Star Wars’-inspired rentals The room looks like it’s straight out of “Star Wars.” A disabled TIE fighter sits in the middle, doubling as a TV-viewing…
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August 9
There are travel bargains aplenty in hurricane-prone areas, but make sure you have your bases covered in case of a storm.

How to reduce the risks of a vacation during hurricane season

There are travel bargains in hurricane-prone areas, but make sure you have your bases covered.
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August 9
The glamorous lobby at Hard Rock Hotel London features two bars and a live-music stage.

Hard Rock Hotel comes home to London

The new Hard Rock Hotel London is a party, but housekeeping is an issue.
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August 9
Safari in Kenya

On safari in Kenya, finding a lion in the mist

THE Traveler: Erik Skon of Stillwater.The scene: A lioness strolls through the mist one early morning in the Masai Mara National Reserve, a…
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August 8
Elkhart Lake's namesake lake is one of the clearest in Wisconsin. Motorized vessels are banned on Sundays.

Midwest Traveler: Elkhart Lake, Wis., is a resort town without the pretension

Elkhart Lake is an old-fashioned, traditional summer getaway in eastern Wisconsin.
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August 8
A Swedish flag flies behind a ferry departing Fiskebackskil, Sweden.

A Swedish midsummer on the southwest coast

Exploring Sweden's southwest coast, accompanied by the sun.
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August 8
Strange pinnacles make for an eerie landscape at Arches National Park north of Moab, Utah.

A peachy road trip in Colorado and Utah takes in national parks, orchards

The Colorado River cuts through bountiful valleys, beautiful canyons and lush orchards near the edge of Utah.