Travel
May 7
Mother and daughter duo Allison McVay-Steer and Amelie Steer made plans to visit the BWCA in all four seasons during the pandemic. The last in the ser

Minnesota mom, daughter tackle BWCA camping trips in every season

Four seasonal Boundary Waters trips bring escape from the pandemic, and so much more.
Variety
May 7
The High Falls of the Pigeon River straddle the U.S. and Canada.

Hike to Minnesota's highest waterfall, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border

Minnesota's highest fallsThe United States and Canada technically share 120-foot High Falls in Grand Portage State Park, where the Pigeon River forms the international border…
Variety
May 7
Lanai’s Shipwreck Beach offers interesting sights and hiking trails, including one that leads to ancient petroglyphs.

Travel Troubleshooter: Airbnb says no COVID refund for Hawaii rental, but the owner disagrees

Q: Last spring, I made an Airbnb reservation for a vacation rental in Lanai, Hawaii, for November 2020. Because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions,…
The Good Life
May 6
After receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, Barbara Rawley and Dan Nordby were reunited with their Minnesota granddaughter.

Vaccinated vacationers: Baby boomers who got the jab first were ready to roll

Older travelers have been the first to burst out of the gate as travel returns.
Travel
April 30
The skyline in Reykjavik, Iceland, on April 7, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Arnaldur Halldorsson.

7 European countries that Americans can travel to right now

As Europe considers opening, these seven countries are already welcoming Americans.
Variety
April 30
A couple take pictures in the village of Oia, on the cliffs of the island of Santorini, Greece.

Travel Troubleshooter: What can you do with a nonrefundable hotel reservation when you couldn't get there?

Q: I booked a room at the Hotel Tzekos Villas in Santorini, Greece, last year through Hotels.com. The reservation was nonrefundable. Due to the virus,…
Variety
April 30
Visitors explore The Ledge glass boxes on the 103rd floor of the remodeled Skydeck on April 21, 2021, at Willis Tower in Chicago.

Get a new look at Chicago at the newly renovated Willis Tower

A new view of ChicagoThree years in the making, the renovated Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower has reopened for public tours. The 45,000-square-foot space has…
Travel
April 26
FILE — A rainbow above Castellina, Italy, in the Chianti region on Dec. 16, 2020. American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

E.U. set to let vaccinated U.S. tourists visit this summer

The fast pace of vaccination in the United States, and advanced talks about vaccine certificates, will enable the European Commission to recommend a switch in policy that could see trans-Atlantic leisure travel restored.
Travel
April 23
Voyager Station

A stellar getaway: Company plans for space hotel

What would it take to make a four-star space hotel?
Variety
April 23
Travelers at Hong Kong International Airport, where a general strike grounded almost 200 flights, most of them with Cathay Pacific, in Hong Kong, Aug.

Travel Troubleshooter: I paid $1,300 more for a premium economy ticket to Hong Kong and got plain old economy

Q: I recently requested a refund from Overseas Adventure Travel for an air ticket I purchased through them for a Cathay Pacific flight. I had…
Variety
April 23
Duluth’s Old City Hall on E. Superior Street.

More countries are opening to vaccinated American tourists, but State Department and CDC pump the brakes

Psst! Countries are openingMore countries have announced plans to reopen to vaccinated American tourists this summer — but don't tell the State Department and the…
Travel
April 22
Acadia National Park in Maine was submitted by Britta Dornfeld. “This park has mountains, forests, the ocean and great hiking (you can be the first

Readers: These are the must-see spots in America

We invited you to submit your favorite vacation spots throughout the country. Here's what you shared.
Travel
April 22
Wondering about pools during the pandemic? If you can maintain social distancing, experts say you should be okay. If not, best to hit the beach.

How to plan vacation with unvaccinated kids

Family trips are clouded by unanswered questions about virus mutations and spread.
Travel
April 22
The West Chop Light and Coast Guard Station are shown, Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Tisbury, Mass. on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The lighthouse wa

Celebrate a return to travel with these 7 essential U.S. vacation destinations

While travel to many overseas destinations remains restricted, domestic travel is hot.
Variety
April 16
FILE - In this March 14, 2020 file photo, Royal Caribbean International cruise ship docked at PortMiami, among other cruise ships, as the world deals

Travel Troubleshooter: Royal Caribbean promised a 125% credit for canceled cruise – but only sent about 75%

Q: In 2019, my wife and I booked a Royal Caribbean cruise to New England and Canada. The plan was to celebrate our 50th wedding…
Variety
April 16
The new Jurassic World VelociCoaster.

You'll need a reservation for the pool in Las Vegas and at these national parks

Vegas reboundIn Las Vegas, there have been a slew of reopenings, including the restarting of pool parties across a number of hotels. "If you're in…
Variety
April 16
Galapagos islands

Veiwfinders: Ecuador's picture-perfect wildlife paradise

The Traveler: Greg Surma of Rice, Minn."This picture has the complete Galapagos experience in a single photo," Surma wrote in an e-mail. A Darwin's finch…
Travel
April 16
The flowering crabapple trees are a popular spring attraction at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

3 Minnesota road trips to enjoy beautiful spring scenery

These destinations offer lovely views.
Variety
April 9
Lisbon, Portugal skyline at Sao Jorge Castle at dusk.

Travel Troubleshooter: This refund request is not about the pandemic

Q: In August 2019, I booked two round-trip tickets to Lisbon on TAP Air Portugal, using Flight Network, an online travel agency. In March 2020,…
Travel
April 9
Dashboard views inside Yellowstone National Park may cost more this year. Rental car prices are on the rise due to low supply and high demand.

Why rental car rates are soaring – and how to beat the trend

Blame the stunning rates on a massive sell-off of cars.