Coronavirus
July 1
Grand Marais Lighthouse stood tall among the sparkling waters of Lake Superior.

Wanted or not: Northern Minnesota a top destination for visitors this weekend

Tourism-dependent towns are anticipating a rush of visitors.
Variety
June 26

Travel Troubleshooter: Israel tour rescheduled for next year without asking

Q: We booked a trip on Grand Circle Travel to Israel for a May 4 departure. Soon after our purchase, Grand Circle Travel canceled all…
Variety
June 26
San Carlos, Costa Rica

A striking view of basilisk lizard in Costa Rica

The Traveler: Verna Hillstrom of Maple GroveA basilisk lizard hides among leaves in San Carlos, Costa Rica. Hillstrom was dining with her husband…
Business
June 25
Delta Air Lines has parked dozens of planes at Pinal Airpark, in Red Rock, Ariz., as part of its adjustment to lower demand for air travel during the

Delta will add 1,000 flights in August but that may be it for the year

The dominant airline at MSP expects passenger volume this summer to be 25% of a year ago.
Variety
June 19
A Shoreline Sightseeing architecture boat tour in Chicago.

Chicago architecture cruises return; airlines to step up mask enforcement

Split Rock Lighthouse, petroglyph site to reopenSplit Rock Lighthouse, near Two Harbors, and Jeffers Petroglyphs, with 5,000 ancient rock carvings near Comfrey, will reopen July…
Coronavirus
June 19
The Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs to reopen July 15

The iconic Minnesota sites are popular stops on road trips.
Travel
June 18
Masked passengers fill a Southwest Airlines flight from Burbank, Calif., to Las Vegas on June 3, with middle seats left open.

Flying brings new kinds of discomfort

Air travel this summer is a matter of fewer people, more masks, more disinfectant, less food and drink and less talk.
Coronavirus
June 18
Europe's Danube River is a frequent route for Viking River Cruise.

Travel Troubleshooter: After their cruise is canceled due to pandemic, customer uses the nuclear option to get a refund

Q: Viking Cruises is refusing to issue a total refund after canceling operations and promising refunds. My wife and I paid $10,096 for…
Variety
June 18
A very chill moment at Monument Valley.

A chill moment at Monument Valley in Arizona

The Traveler: Peter Molenda of Minneapolis Sandstone buttes rise from the valley floor, while a desert shrub wears a coat of ice one…
Variety
June 13
Pierre the Voyageur statue in Two Harbors, MN has been fitted with a mask amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and stood tall on April 23, 2020.

How to stay safe, and have fun, on your summer vacation amid a pandemic

Sunny summer getaways take on a fresh twist in the shadow of a pandemic.
Variety
June 12
Mount Rushmore will be open to tourists this summer, including a ticketed Independence Day weekend fireworks display.

Current travel restrictions for states bordering Minnesota (plus Canada)

Canada: All nonessential travel between the U.S. and Canada is restricted until at least June 22. Canada has begun admitting immediate family members of citizens…
Variety
June 12
Melgeorge's Elephant Lake Lodge near Orr, Minn., offers lodge rooms and cabins.

What health experts say about summer vacation

Summer vacation can seem suspect at a time when the coronavirus is circulating and as many as 40% of transmission may come from those bearing…
Coronavirus
June 6
Kurt and Edwige Moses camp for the night in their teardrop camper trailer, built by St. Paul company Vistabule.

Summer of the road trip: Why we're hitting the road, and how to do it safely

Pandemic worries are fueling a surge in driving vacations.
Variety
June 4
Dolomites in Northern Italy

Viewfinders: Hard work leads to heavenly view in Dolomites

The Traveler: Brian Tell of Edina Above the clouds, morning casts a rosy glow in Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a nature park in…
Variety
June 4
In this Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, visitors gather at an outlook on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.

The Grand Canyon is open; Delta extends social distancing

Grand Canyon is open Grand Canyon National Park has reopened as rangers put plans for the summer in place, despite pandemic cases and deaths. The…
Variety
June 4
A Southwest Airlines jet moves on the runway at a terminal restaurant at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Travel Troubleshooter: Southwest Airlines refunds canceled flight, but not EarlyBird fee

Q: Southwest Airlines canceled my flight from Baltimore to Las Vegas in April. I was supposed to be there for a convention. The airline offered…
Variety
May 29
Kayaking on Whisky Creek

In Wisconsin national forest, a moment of reflection and a nice place to visit

The Traveler Doug Killian of Lake ElmoKillian and his son Keith (pictured) kayaked on Whisky Creek, which connects Tea Lake and Coffee Lake…
Variety
May 28
Angkor Wat is available for virtual tours.

Changes at airport checkpoints and a virtual trip to Angkor Wat

Airport screening changes The Transportation Security Administration is allowing passengers to carry one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces. Since this exceeds the…
Variety
May 28
Pacific waves roll onto Oceanside beach, overlooking one of the West Coast's longest piers.

Travel Troubleshooter: Vrbo rental owner cancels a reservation due to the pandemic, but wants to keep money

Q: I made a reservation and paid $2,200 for a rental in Oceanside, Calif., through Vrbo. After the coronavirus outbreak, I contacted the…
Variety
May 22
Overnight camping is now allowed at Voyageurs National Park.

Dive in the Great Barrier Reef, national parks begin to reopen

Virtual trip of the weekNeed to plunge into a place far, far away? Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef with British naturalist David Attenborough. He'll guide…