Danish artist Thomas Dambo is unveiling six giant troll sculptures this June in and around Detroit Lakes, Minn. This troll is Mikil, part of Dambo's "

6 essential new Midwest travel experiences for summer 2024

Giant trolls invade Detroit Lakes, new fun comes to Duluth and Brainerd, saunas take to the lakes and glamping options multiply this summer in Minnesota.
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Minnesota Waterfall Awards: 12 of the best falls across the state

May 3
The High Falls of the Pigeon River flows through Grand Portage State Park Friday, April 26, 2024.
From Gooseberry to Niagara Cave to Devil's Kettle, our favorite waterfalls in Minnesota are satisfying climaxes to the journey.

We took in Utah's 'Mighty 5' national parks in one epic campervan trip

May 17
Campervan parked in Watchman Campground at Zion National Park.
The seven-day itinerary stopped at Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands.
May 23
The ultimate guide to Minnesota's best small-town festivals

The ultimate guide to Minnesota's best small-town festivals

We visited the most unusual festivals, celebrating everything from pie and potatoes to Judy Garland and the historic fur trade. We also offer a curated list of other gotta-see fests.
May 17
Donkey Kong Country in Super Nintendo World.

Six U.S. airlines are suing the Biden administration to halt new rule on 'junk fees'

Also: a preview of the new Super Nintendo World in Orlando; where to go glamping near Acadia National Park.
May 17
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, policemen are silhouetted against the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. Scientists have found a previously undisc

Travel Troubleshooter: Airline customer is entitled to a refund for downgrade

British Airways rebooked Maureen Kelleher's flight home from Cairo — but it also downgraded her from business class to economy.
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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May 10
Bordeaux, France, is hosting some of the Summer Olympics soccer matches.

9 places to see the French Olympics without setting foot in Paris

You may have trouble finding tickets to Olympics events in Paris, but a variety of the competitions are being held in other parts of France.
May 10
Hawaii lawmakers hope that phasing out Airbnb and other short-term rentals could help ease the housing crisis.

Maui is poised to phase out Airbnb-style rentals

Also: A cruise line has announced a solar eclipse itinerary around Spain for 2026.
May 6
My daughter started the ropes course at Wolf Ridge with ease, but was fully panicked by the time she got to the finale, a zipline.

A reporter and her child navigate a Minnesota rite of passage: a ropes course

A three-day trip to one of the state's environmental learning centers offered outdoor experiences, bird encounters and decisive moments 30 feet off the ground.
April 26
Boston city skyline is illuminated at dusk in 2012 as it reflects off the waters of Boston Harbor. The U.S. Olympic Committee picked Boston on Thursda

Travel Troubleshooter: We accidentally paid for our hotel twice

Wife prepaid for the Marriott. Husband paid again at the counter. Can they get one of the payments back?
April 26
A view of Manhattan from the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building on a cloudy March afternoon.

How my family aced our first-time trip to New York City

Thousands of steps, music history and a Dylanesque sighting made up an immersive first-time visit to NYC.
April 22
Park Point Beach in Duluth was named one of Travel and Leisure magazine's best beaches.

Minnesota beach makes Travel and Leisure's top beaches in the country list

It was cited for its "ocean locale" feel.
April 20
Las Vegas' newest attraction, the Sphere shows an immersive film that can make you feel like you're soaring over picturesque landscapes.

9 reasons you won't recognize Las Vegas on your next trip

The immersive Sphere arena, smoke-free options, millennial nostalgia and Minnesota-friendly spas are keeping Sin City fresh.
April 19
A cocktail on the 66th floor terrace of Alle Lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Dining with altitude: Top-floor restaurants give new meaning to 'high roller' in Las Vegas

High above the Strip, thrill seekers can sip cocktails, take in a four-course tasting dinner, swim or just enjoy the view.
April 17
The turbulent course of carbon offsets in recent years means that many travelers should think twice before buying them.

Think twice about buying carbon offsets when you fly

Airlines are moving away from the practice and toward broader strategies to combat climate change. Do your research if you buy them.
April 12
Neuschwanstein Castle is the fantastical Bavarian palace that inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Tripadvisor names the 10 best castles in the world to visit

The list is topped by Neuschwanstein, the Bavarian palace that inspired Sleeping Beauty.
April 12
The grounds at Castle & Key Distillery, where E.H. Taylor Jr. began making bourbon in 1887.

Fast horses, bourbon, boutiques and even castles are found in one Kentucky county

Woodford County in the Bluegrass Region has all you need for a compact Kentucky vacation.
April 6
Carolyn Wharton left , John Whaley, Annette Whaley and Lauren Whaley join hundreds of other people to watch a partial eclipse at the Science Museum of

Minnesotans traveling to see Monday's solar eclipse hope to catch 'cosmic dance'

Many Minnesotans are embarking on road trips across the country to witness three or four minutes of a total solar eclipse on Monday.
April 6
"Bungalow" guests at Cuyuna Cove have access to a shower house inspired by an outdoor spa.

New upscale camper cabins add to Cuyuna options

Cuyuna Cove's new "bungalows" near Crosby, Minn., are a step above glamping.
April 5
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Boats float on the blue waters of Cala de Calobra near Torrent de Pareis on August 15, 2009 in Palma de Mallorca

The next total solar eclipse will hit these two popular world travel destinations in 2026

Set a calendar reminder for Aug. 12, 2026, in Iceland and Spain.
April 5

Renting a car abroad: Don't get taken for a ride

Familiarize yourself with the local policies and protocols ahead of time.
April 5
Visitors watch the Strokkur geyser which is the most visited geyser in Iceland and is a common stop for tourists along the famed Golden Circle in Hauk

Travel Troubleshooter: On this complicated trip to Iceland, the buck stops with the airline

When United Airlines cancels the last leg of his flight to Iceland, he must buy a new ticket. The airline blames a "desynchronization."
April 4
Gail Mattson, shown here on the day her vehicle was hit by an elephant in Zambia. Mattson did not survive.

Twin Cities woman killed by elephant on African safari

The elephant charged and struck the vehicle that Gail Mattson, 79, of Minnetonka and others were riding in while on a game drive in Zambia.

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