Variety
August 25, 2019
“Treehouse”-style lodging by American Resort & Treehouses in Wisconsin Dells includes use of the adjacent natural lagoon.

Unique lodging options in Wisconsin Dells

Treehouses, tiny houses and a Frank Lloyd Wright cottage are all options.
Variety
August 24, 2019
Carved sandstone bluffs, cliffs, canyons and gorges line the Wisconsin River at the Wisconsin Dells. The Sugar Bowl is a free-standing rock formation

Wisconsin Dells has a water park you may not have considered: The Wisconsin River

Dip into the Wisconsin River — the natural beauty that first spurred tourism at the Dells.
Variety
August 22, 2019
Sunsets in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, come highly recommended.

In Mexico, hotel in Zihuatanejo serves up relaxation

Zihuatanejo hotel proves ideal place to do a whole lot of nothing.
Variety
August 22, 2019
Download Mobile Passport to go with your actual passport.

There's an app for beating the long lines at customs

The growing Mobile Passport app is a free al­ter­na­tive to Glo­bal En­try.
Variety
August 22, 2019
A performance of “The Little Mermaid” at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

In Florida, real-life mermaids captivate in an underwater theater

In Central Florida's Weeki Wachee Springs, the classic mermaid show has seen renovations.
Variety
August 22, 2019
Slieve League Cliffs in Ireland are almost 2,000 feet above sea level.

These Ireland cliffs are a best-kept secret; Universal theme parks get 'Us' for Halloween

Ireland’s secret cliffs The Cliffs of Moher are a spectacular site in Ireland, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors in 2017. But the Slieve League…
Variety
August 22, 2019
Gettysburg National Military Park

In Gettysburg, reminders of Minnesotans' pivotal role

The Traveler: Steven Bursaw from Anoka. The scene: Evening casts a purple light on cannons at Gettysburg National Military Park. The nine-square-mile park…
Variety
August 22, 2019
Gene Gruber practiced his plowing skills in Richmond, Minn. Gruber will be competing this year in the World Ploughing Championship, to be held in Baud

Quick Trips: Austin ArtWorks, Ploughing Contest, Artrageous Weekend

Austin, Minn. The Austin ArtWorks Festival continues today downtown with artists from around the country displaying and selling their art, and festivalgoers engaging in public…
Variety
August 20, 2019
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…
Variety
August 19, 2019
Daily shuttle service, along with private water taxis and charters, make the 15-mile journey from Bayfield to Stockton Island in about and hour.

Info: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Camping, sailing, paddling and cruise opportunities in the national lakeshore, plus Madeline Island.
Variety
August 19, 2019
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.
Local
August 17, 2019
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.
Variety
August 16, 2019
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…
Local
August 16, 2019
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, 2019
Patrons soak in a larch-wood tubs filled with hops, yeast, herbs and beer at Piva Beer Spa.

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

In Chicago, soak in the suds for an afternoon of brew-filled relaxation.
World
August 10, 2019
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…
Variety
August 10, 2019
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.…
Variety
August 10, 2019
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…
Variety
August 9, 2019
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.
Variety
August 9, 2019
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…