Duluth
December 5, 2020
Travel Ski Section cover (Steve Thomas/Special to the Star Tribune)

Here's where and how to ski safely in Minnesota this winter

Now is the time to hit the slopes and trails, and not just because snow is flying.
Variety
December 4, 2020
An ancient Roman marble statue sat among tables of a restaurant in Rome, where travelers may be able to return soon without quarantining.

Amsterdam? Rome? You may be able to travel to Europe sooner than you think

Delta Air Lines will begin trial flights to Amsterdam and Rome in the coming weeks.
Variety
December 3, 2020
A United Airlines jet.

Travel Troubleshooter: Flight attendant was a no-show. Why did I have to pay $386 to fix it?

Q: I booked a round-trip flight from Washington, D.C., to Chicago for Thanksgiving. The original flight was supposed to leave Washington at 10:45 a.m. on…
Variety
December 3, 2020
The sun rose over Spirit Mountain casting light on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River on Wednesday December 2, 2020. ]ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann

Top five reasons to ski at Duluth's Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain wins over a snowboarder with its jump lines, halfpipe and Lake Superior views.
Variety
December 3, 2020
Volunteer Mark Helmer groomed ski trails from the back of his snowmobile last January at Korkki Nordic Center, between Duluth and Two Harbors. The net

Cross-country ski trails you just might have all to yourself

During a winter of social distancing, head to trails you just might have all to yourself.
Travel
December 3, 2020

Details on taking a trip to Spirit Mountain

Getting thereSpirit Mountain is approximately 150 miles north of the Twin Cities, on the south side of Duluth. Because of the nature of COVID-19, as…
Variety
December 3, 2020
Erik Skon of Stillwater and his wife, Kathy, had just begun a one-day drive into Denali National Park when he captured this ghostly image of the mount

In Denali National Park a ghostly giant looms

The Traveler: Erik Skon of Stillwater   Skon and his wife, Kathy, had just begun a one-day drive into Denali National Park when he…
Coronavirus
December 1, 2020
Instead of sitting out the pandemic winter, Stillwater — reflected Tuesday in the St. Croix River — has decided to decorate and plan low-key outdo

With rink, ice maze, ice-cream social, Stillwater hopes to light up pandemic winter

Town wants tourists but not too many at once.
West Metro
November 30, 2020
Sara Weidler, right, an instructor for InFlight Pilot Training, worked with student pilot Shea Kieren at Flying Cloud Airport. Regional airfields are

Rising interest in flight lessons fuels traffic at suburban airports

A rising interest in flight lessons is fueling steady traffic at Flying Cloud and Blaine airports
Coronavirus
November 27, 2020
Holiday travelers, unfazed by advice to stay home, on Wednesday crowded the ticketing area at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Thanksgiving fliers continue to flock to MSP despite warnings

Traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was occasionally brisk Wednesday morning as travelers hurried to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family.
Travel
November 27, 2020
The Tiber, Rome’s iconic river, makes a cameo in the film “The Great Beauty.”

Best movies and shows to watch for taking a vacation via your screen

The view highlights the Ionian Sea, with a tiny island off on the horizon. On shore, the turquoise walls of the home-turned-lodge have begun to…
Variety
November 27, 2020
Yellowstone National Park - Mammoth Hot Springs ( Canary Spring)

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces are a hot spot at Yellowtone National Park

The Traveler: Jeff Cepek of St. PaulAt Yellowstone National Park, which covers parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, action stirs below the ground as well…
Variety
November 27, 2020

Travel Troubleshooter: China has a 144-hour visa-free policy, but my airline didn't get the memo

Q: I was traveling with a friend to a wedding in Asia in 2018 and decided to make a stopover in Beijing after learning about…
Variety
November 27, 2020
MSP airport has introduced the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program.

MSP airport adds program for travelers with hidden disabilities

Program for people with disabilities at MSPThe Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program, which is designed to ease travel for people with disabilities, has arrived at Minneapolis-St.…
Coronavirus
November 24, 2020
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, 2020
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.
Variety
November 21, 2020
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…
Travel
November 20, 2020
The American Swedish Institute’s julglädje party will go virtual this year, with traditional tunes and games on Nov. 28.

Virtual classes, parties and tours bring on holiday traditions from around the world

This year, one present I know I won’t get is a trip to Europe. Even a place like New York — shorter flight, just as…
Variety
November 20, 2020
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…
Variety
November 20, 2020
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…