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August 1
The “Medora Musical,” shown in 2017, is the marquee event at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, N.D. This year, capacity is limited to arou

Despite the pandemic, the show goes on in Medora, N.D.

A North Dakota road trip leads to relatively healthy Medora, where the summer performance season is still going strong.
Coronavirus
July 31
Scandinavian-flavored Tallinn, in Estonia, has its own art scene and is more affordable than Helsinki.

Getting a refund from an Estonian hotel gets complicated with an online travel agency and a global pandemic

Q: I booked a trip to Tallinn, Estonia, earlier this year through Otel.com. I prepaid $919 for a refundable room at the Three Sisters Hotel.…
Coronavirus
July 31
A lush tropical landscape envelops the Hanalei Bay Resort, next to the half-moon-shaped Hanalei Bay on Kauai's North Shore, on March 1, 2014.

New U.S. passports are for 'life-or-death' situations only

New passports are ‘life-or-death’ only The U.S. State Department, which largely shut down its passport processing in March, says it is chipping away at a…
Variety
July 31
Torres del Paine National park in southern Chile.

A totally stunning sunset in Chile's Patagonia region

The Traveler: Randy Evans of EdinaThe sky above Patagonia takes on pink and purple hues at sunset outside the Hotel Rio Serrano, in…
Variety
July 24
South Dakota’s Custer State Park, with bison and other animals, is a great spot to watch wildlife.

Report from the road: An inaugural post-lockdown road trip to South Dakota

We were eager to head for the (Black) hills after months of confinement. Other Minnesotans had the same idea.
Variety
July 24
American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Travel Troubleshooter: Priceline changed my flight home from Madrid. Can they do that?

Q: I have a problem with a Priceline flight schedule change. My upcoming flight on American Airlines from Madrid to Boston originally had a stopover…
Variety
July 24
Men wore masks at MSP in March; now covering the nose and mouth is mandatory.

Delta requires a health screening if you won't wear a mask

Delta: Wear a mask or have a health screeningDelta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines say they will continue to block middle or adjacent seats…
Variety
July 24
A waterfall at Yosemite National Park in California.

A picture-perfect moment at Yosemite National Park

The Traveler: Bob Mitchell of ShakopeeA waterfall is reflected in a glassy lake at Yosemite National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada. Waterfalls throughout…
Coronavirus
July 20
A new rule will require passengers at MSP to wear masks in ticketing lobbies, parking ramps, shuttle buses and trams, rental car facilities and in any

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport will require travelers to wear masks

Also included will be shuttles, trams, parking.
Variety
July 17
A general view of Palace of Westminster and the Queen Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell known as 'Big Ben' in London, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Travel Troubleshooter: No hot water in a London vacation rental is a deal-breaker

Q: I rented an apartment in London through HomeAway. When we checked in, there was no hot water. I called the property management company. A…
Variety
July 17
Guests walk past the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction on the second day of the re-opening of Disney's Hollywood Studios at

Disney parks open with sparse crowds; Minnesota lands on N.Y. travel restriction list

It’s an empty world after all Two more Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida reopened on Wednesday. At Hollywood Studios, the Star Wars land…
July 17
Bunks in an unused communal bedroom at the Madhouse hostel in Prague, Czech Republic.

European hostels try to adapt for the COVID-19 era

European hostels, built on the idea of community and sharing, confront new challenges as they reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Variety
July 17

A Hindu Aarti ceremony in Varanasi, along the Ganges River

The Traveler: Brett Edgar of EdinaAlong the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, devotees perform a Hindu Aarti ceremony, in which light is offered…
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July 14
Chris Causey’s view from his Rainy Lake island property.

Border ban keeps Minnesotans from their Canadian getaways

Canada's ban on discretionary crossings by Americans began March 21 as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mission to send the highly contagious virus into further retreat. A recent poll of Canadians showed overwhelming support for telling leisure-seeking Americans: Stay out.
Variety
July 10
Amy Nelson disinfects a check-in kiosk after it was used by a passenger.

What you need to know about MSP and flying as people return to the air

It’s a scary time to fly across the country. Still, some people are compelled to get on a plane to bring a child to college,…
Variety
July 10

Why did Candlewood Suites charge a nonsmoker a smoking fee?

Q: I’ve been a guest at the Candlewood Suites Hawthorne in Hawthorne, Calif., several times. After my most recent stay, the hotel charged my debit…
Variety
July 10
Monument Valley

Rainbow over Monument Valley

The Traveler: Bob Bursaw of AndoverA rainbow arced across land at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Bursaw captured the sight during a March…
Variety
July 10
St. Lucia is requiring COVID-19 tests within seven days of arrival.

Caribbean islands reopen, makeover at Disney

Caribbean islands reopenThe COVID-19 pandemic struck the Caribbean at the height of high season, when snowbirds pack the beaches and provide the revenue to see…
Variety
July 3

Does Sun Country Airlines abide by the 24-hour cancellation rule?

Q: I bought a ticket on Sun Country Airlines for $272 and then canceled the flight 16 hours later. I made the purchase over seven…
Variety
July 3
The North House Folk School’s buildings perch on the harbor in Grand Marais, Minn.

Delta requires health survey

Health check before flyingDelta Air Lines will soon require customers to answer questions about whether they've experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or been in contact with…