Coronavirus
April 17
The Split Rock Lighthouse was lit on Nov. 10, 2019, to honor the 29 men who died aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Historical Society extends closing of museums, other sites to June 30

The shutdown in connection with the coronavirus outbreak had been scheduled to end May 4.
Coronavirus
April 17
Airplane seats.

Airlines are blocking off the middle seat as social distancing becomes a priority in the skies

The most loathed position in the cabin is now not even an option on some flights. By Drew Jones • Washington Post   For many…
Variety
April 17
Film critic Roger Ebert's boyhood home in Urbana, Ill.

I rented Ebert's childhood home on Airbnb, but canceled too early for a refund

Q: I booked a vacation rental in Urbana, Ill., for April. I was attending Ebertfest, a film festival started by film critic Roger Ebert, with…
Variety
April 17
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa

A zebra that's a real back scratcher, in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park

THE Traveler Michael Cook of Minneapolis"A once-in-a-lifetime photo on a once-in-a-lifetime trip," is how Cook describes this shot of a zebra frolicking on…
Variety
April 11
Rendering of the Viking Mississippi in St. Louis.

Viking Cruises to launch Mississippi River voyages in 2022

The 386-passenger Viking Mississippi will sail between New Orleans and St. Paul.
April 10
Delta's has removed all non-essential items from seatback pockets.

In-flight magazines pulled from seatback pockets, including Delta Sky

The Minneapolis-based publisher of Delta Sky laid off its staff last week; its future is uncertain.
April 10
Semitrucks drive by a freeway sign along Interstate 5 that urges people to stay at home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on their way toward L

Snowbirds' dilemma: Should they stay or should they go home?

Here are factors to consider if you or loved ones are considering the big spring migration from South to North.
Variety
April 10
Quetico Provincial Park

A rainbow arcs over Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario

THE Traveler Cliff Buhman of LakevilleRain and high waves delayed Buhman and his brother Curtis from a canoe trip into Ontario's Quetico Provincial…
Local
April 8
Frontier Airlines has served the Twin Cities since 1995.

Frontier Airlines moving from Terminal 1 at MSP to Terminal 2

The move gives the airline room to grow, an airport spokeswoman said.
Coronavirus
April 4
In late March, cherry blossoms are in full bloom at Japan’s Himeji-Jo Castle.

Take these 4 virtual tours, from Glensheen in Duluth to the Bode Museum in Berlin

While people around the world stay at home, virtual tours are the new answer to wanderlust.
Variety
April 3
Churchill, Manitoba

Up close with a polar bear mother and cub near Churchill, Manitoba

THE Traveler Kerri lundrigan of farmington   A polar bear mother and cub meandered along a rocky waterfront near Churchill, a town in…
Coronavirus
April 3
Old growth Douglas fir trees stand along the Salmon river Trail on the Mt. Hood National Forest outside Zigzag, Ore., in this June 25, 2004 file photo

Travel Troubleshooter: Here's why your coronavirus tour refund is taking longer than usual

Q: Last October, I booked a Pacific Northwest and California trip with Collette Tours. At that time, I paid $519, which included a $250 deposit…
Coronavirus
April 3
The DoorDash food delivery app.

Real ID deadline extended to 2021; travel credit cards with food-delivery benefits

One more year for Real ID The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for Real ID by 12 months because of the COVID-19…
March 30
Diners sat at an outdoor restaurant, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. The area experienced some of the state's first COVID-19 deaths, but l

Florida tourist haven at nexus of debate about next steps

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Hours after her father died, an angry and distraught Lori Hannaford typed out a 3 a.m. Facebook post aimed at…
Coronavirus
March 29
Mel Jacobson, left, with neighbor Rod Hyde, abandoned Minnetonka for his cabin across the St. Croix River to wait out the virus pandemic.

Minnesotans hunker down at cabins to escape coronavirus

Despite concerns of year-round residents, some cabin owners head north to wait out the crisis
March 28
When you are quarantined or cancel your trip, you can still go on a journey. The secret? The author Reif Larsen says it's Google Street View.

How to explore the world online when you're stuck at home

If you're quarantined, you can still go on a journey with Google Street View.
Variety
March 28
Snow monkeys bathe in the hot spring of Jigokudani Monkey Park in the mountains in Yamanouchi town, Nagano, central Japan.

Our beautiful world: Star Tribune photographers share their travel pictures

Travel destinations are quiet, their streets and beaches empty. But these photos from our staff photographers let us slip away for a moment.
Coronavirus
March 27
Passengers waited for their flights at the Marrakesh Airport on March 15. Several special flights departed Morocco, taking thousands of stranded Europ

Questions about medical evacuation during a pandemic

These insurance plans can't guarantee service during a lockdown.
Variety
March 27
Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Ariz. A landmark of Sedona's skyline and one of the most photographed sights in Arizona, Cathedral Rock is located in the Co

Travel section to temporarily move to Variety

Since homo sapiens walked out of Africa about 60,000 years ago, we have been a traveling species. That early exploratory impulse, which likely lives on…
March 26
The author had her eye on a two-week G Adventures safari for less than $1,300 in South Africa and Namibia, but decided against it — for now.

A budget traveler fights off the temptation to book a great deal

In a week, incredible travel offers emerged, only to evaporate when reality set in.