In Fergus Falls, Minn., a prairie paradise for snowshoeing, hiking

November 7
The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.
At the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, you can explore a unique type of grassland: prairie potholes.

Food for thought: Should you accept inflight snacks or bring your own?

November 12
Airlines are bringing back food and beverage service in a limited way.
Airlines are bringing back inflight snacks and drinks. But should you eat on the plane?
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Light lines greet holiday week travelers

Light lines greet holiday week travelers

Holiday travel, amid a global pandemic, saw light lines, inexpensive flights and spacious seating on planes for some travelers.
Duluth
November 23
Lilian Reing, 6, from Cook, Minn. stuck her head out of the sunroof as her family drove through the first tunnel of lights.

Live-streamed and socially distanced, Duluth traditions carry on

Bentleyville Tour of Lights can't be walked this year, but many are happy to see it on wheels.
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November 21
New Orleans’ Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras parade in 2018.

Debating holiday travel? Questions and answers from the CDC

CDC’s holiday questions If your family is thinking about gathering for the holidays with friends or relatives, these answers to common questions from the CDC…
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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November 20
Bride-to-be Megan Brathall, 25, center, of New Richmond, WI, brought her bachelorette party to Dick's Last Resort restaurant in the Mall of America in

Travel Troubleshooter: Bachelorette party gets double-booked on Airbnb

Q: I was planning a bachelorette party in Los Angeles for 14 girls. Just days before our trip, the Airbnb property that we had booked…
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November 20
Rocky Mountain National Forest

Find the whitetail in a Colorado whiteout snowstorm

The Traveler Dave Marsh of Mahtomedi During a visit to Denver to see his son in December 2019, Marsh took a drive to Rocky…
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November 17
Glensheen Mansion is asking visitors, like Lori Schafer, to come sooner rather than later to avoid any state shutdown.

North Shore's balancing act: How to 'stay safe and stay open'

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, northeastern Minnesota officials are grappling with how to promote public health without hurting the local businesses in desperate need of tourism traffic.
Variety
November 12
Passengers arriving from four Mediterranean countries at Milan's Malpensa airport wait in a line to be tested for COVID-19, Aug. 20, 2020.

Travel troubleshooter: European airlines slow down COVID refunds

Q: I booked a ticket through Or­bitz on TAP Air Portugal to fly from Washington, D.C., to Milan in May. The flight was…
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November 12
SeaDream launched the first Caribbean cruise since March.

First cruise in Caribbean since March reports COVID-19 case

Coronavirus on first cruise The first Caribbean cruise to launch after the CDC’s no-sail order lifted has already seen its first positive coronavirus test, just…
Nation
November 7
An open-air section of the Beaver Bar, a popular spot during the annual motorcycle rally that was held in August, in Sturgis, S.D., Oct. 24, 2020. Inf

A motorcycle rally in a pandemic? 'We kind of knew what was going to happen.'

STURGIS, S.D. – Albert Aguirre was amped as he and a buddy skimmed across the South Dakota plains, heading to join 460,000 bikers for a…
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November 6
Airbnb and other vacation-rental sites are seeing an uptick in demand.

Travel Troubleshooter: Rash of Airbnb account deletions suggests bigger problems with the company

Q: Airbnb kicked me off the site, and it won’t tell me why. All of my e-mails and requests for an explanation have been answered…
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November 6
Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indonesian islands of Raja Ampat are one of the best diving spots on the planet

The Traveler Bradford Benson of MinnetonkaAn Indonesian diver dips below the waters off Batanta Island, one of the 1,500 islands that make up the archipelago…
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November 6
The Norwegian Encore, like other cruise ships, is on hiatus until Jan. 1.

Cruise lines suspend sailings until 2021, but ski resorts are reopening soon

Maybe cruise next year The cruise industry has jettisoned hopes of restarting operations this year. The group that represents cruise lines with 95% of global…
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November 3
Visitors on the island of Skellig Michael, Ireland.

When flying picks back up, will you be ready?

Now makes a good time to heed the Real ID deadline and passport expiration dates.
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October 30
A visitor looks at the view from the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Eiffel Tower reopens after the coronavirus pandemic led to t

Paris rental owner can't make up his own rules

Q: I booked a vacation rental in Paris through VRBO. VRBO charged $863 to my credit card. A day later, the owner contacted me, saying…
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October 30
The Ayrakty-Shomanay Mountains of Kazakhstan.

'Very Nice!' Kazakhstan tourism embraces Borat catchphrase; Costa Rica opens to all Americans

Kazakhstan: ‘Very nice!’ If you can’t beat Borat, join him. After condemning Sacha Baron Cohen’s first “Borat” movie for portraying the country as backward and bigoted…
Duluth
October 27
The Duluth City Council approved $300,000 in additional tourism tax money for Spirit Mountain to help it open this year.

Will there be pent-up demand for Duluth's troubled Spirit Mountain?

Spirit Mountain hopes for pent-up demand and local travel to help right itself.
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October 24
The five mini-cabins at Cuyuna Cove abut a popular state recreation area.

COVID-cation options in Minnesota include new tiny cabins and grain silos

Surprising lodging offerings in central Minnesota are perfect for social-distancing vacations.
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October 22
American Airlines ticket agent Henry Gemdron, left, works with a customer at Miami International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel Troubleshooter: Someone stole my 50,000 American Airlines miles!

Q: Someone stole 50,000 miles from my American Airlines AAdvantage account. The points were redeemed for a flight. I reported the theft to the Internet…
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October 22
Southwest Airlines will begin filling middle seats on Dec. 1.

MSP sees rebound of air passengers; Hawaii reopens; Southwest to fill middle seats

Air travel rebound at MSP Air travel out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has crept back slightly since spring. The annual Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA)…
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October 17
An Airbnb yurt outside Gunnison featured a king bed, electricity and wood stove, overlooking the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Road trip to Colorado, where scenery is abundant, but COVID was not

A 1,000-mile road trip to a luxe yurt provides an escape from the pandemic.