A family kayaked down a river that feeds into Lake Superior in Big Bay Town Park on Madeline Island, WI.

North Coast: The 12 best Midwestern beaches to visit this summer

Don't let the coastal elites tell you that the Midwest has no beaches.

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Valdez, Alaska. In a state the size of Texas, California and Montana combined, planning an affordable itinerary in Alaska can be a challenge, especial
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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
While travel to many overseas destinations remains restricted, domestic travel is hot.
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June 11
Boyd Lodge on Whitefish Lake.

Family reunions, taking turns, gratitude: What to expect at Minnesota lake resorts in 2021

After a year of challenges, masks come off, smiles come out, and shrieks and splashes return to beaches and pools.
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June 11
A boat navigates the waters of Namakan Lake near Kettle Falls in Voyageurs National Park.

Don't have a reservation at the lake this summer? Here are your options

Here's what you can do to still enjoy Minnesota this summer.
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June 11
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem waits at the Port of Miami.

Norwegian Cruise Line plans fully vaccinated cruising, defying Florida governor

Cruise vax controversyNorwegian Cruise Line announced Monday that it plans to resume cruising from Miami in August with fully vaccinated passengers, a plan that threatens…
Bloomington, MN, Minneapolis St. Paul International has long carried its weight amongst national airports. Now, with a flurry of hot new restaurants,
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June 11
The Grand Ducal Palace of Luxembourg, a country about the size of Rhode Island at 998 square miles, is in the historic center of Luxembourg City.

Travel Troubleshooter: We couldn't use our annual travel insurance policy during the pandemic. Is it refundable?

Q: Before the pandemic, I paid $1,025 for an annual travel insurance policy through Allianz for my wife and me. She's in her 70s, and…
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June 5
An image provided by Lise Mannich shows a 4,450-year-old Egyptian papyrus depicting a watermelon-like object, suggesting that the sweet fruit, possibl

Question of Egyptian tomb's art uncovered watermelon's origins

About 4,300 years ago, someone drew a melon on the wall of a tomb in Egypt. It's fat, green and generously striped: Everything you'd expect…
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June 4
Arches National Park, near Moab, a city in eastern Utah, has more than 2,000 natural arches - the greatest concentration in the world. Photo by Elizab

Travel Troubleshooter: Couple may not be able to use a credit for their canceled national park tour

Q: My husband and I booked a nine-day land package to see the national parks in June 2020 through Insight Vacations. The tour operator canceled,…
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June 4
Little Island “floats” over the Hudson River near W. 13th Street in New York.

The new Little Island park floats over the Hudson River, just off Manhattan

Big Apple has a Little IslandA whimsical new park that appears to float on pilings above the Hudson River has opened to the public just…
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May 31
One possible Spirit Mountain solution the city is exploring is to lease it to a private operator.

Why can't Duluth just sell Spirit Mountain? It's complicated.

Federal and state laws, Indigenous concerns make sale an impractical answer.
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May 30
Retired Dr. Tony Stifter and Carol Giuliani, owner of Senior Travel Companion Services, on a tour of Scotland in 2018.

St. Anthony: How a lawyer built a business helping seniors take their dream trips

A couple of years ago, Carol Giuliani was helping an elderly fellow from Iowa dress for a wedding at a resort on a lake in…
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May 28
Camel herders in Morocco cross the Erg Chebbi dunes, a sweeping sea of sand reaching skyscraper heights in some places. (Norma Meyer/Los Angeles Times

Travel Troubleshooter: Tour company isn't allowed to rescind refund for Morocco tour

Q: I'd like some advice for obtaining a refund for a trip to Morocco my wife and I booked with Overseas Adventure Travel. We originally…
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May 28
The Grand Princess cruise ship near Juneau, Alaska, in 2018.

Cruise ships returning to Alaska; Spain to allow vaccinated Americans

Cruising to AlaskaPresident Joe Biden on Monday signed into law legislation that opens a door for resumed cruise ship travel to Alaska. The measure will…
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May 28
Susie Hilback and son Zeke, 2, swung around Jay Cooke State Park. Nearly 93% of park lodging is booked this weekend.

Throngs of pandemic-weary travelers expected to hit the road

Some 37 million Americans, many of them vaccinated and weary of being cooped up, are taking to the roads, rails and skies this holiday weekend.
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May 22
Alaska Airlines says it’s been wanting to add a nonstop flight from MSP to Anchorage for years. 

As Minnesotans return to the skies, a new fight emerges at MSP to take them to Alaska

Millions of Americans are planning getaways now that the pandemic is in retreat.
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May 21
On bikes provided by Cycle Portland, cyclists enjoy an easy-paced tour of historic Old Town while pedaling the Eastbank Esplanade though the Green Par

Travel Troubleshooter: Booking.com never returned my $250 deposit on a Portland vacation rental

Q: I recently booked a reservation on Booking.com at Pelican Stay, a furnished apartment building in the Pearl District in Portland, Ore. I paid…
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May 21
People watch as lava flows from the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

Icelandic volcano eruption is 'a wonder of nature'; European Union to open to vaccinated travelers

Iceland volcano amazesThe glow from the bubbling hot lava spewing out of the Fagradalsfjall volcano can be seen from the outskirts of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik,…
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May 21
Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez • Washington PostExperience the history and culture of Montana’s original inhabitants at Madison Buffalo Jump State Park,

A local's guide to exploring Montana, beyond Glacier and Yellowstone

There's more than the big parks in Big Sky Country. Here's what to see and do, according to a Montanan.
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May 14
Yoga and surfing go together in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Travel Troubleshooter: Rescheduled yoga retreat in Costa Rica is a real stretch for schoolteacher

Q: In late 2019, I put a $500 deposit on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. I paid the balance of $2,550 a few weeks…
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May 14
Tara and Jordan Harvey, founders of Knowmad Adventures, at Machu Picchu, Peru, in 2013.

Pandemic complications have more vacationers turning to travel agents

"Travel advisers" help folks navigate the world of changing rules and newly unfurled welcome mats.
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May 14
Las Lajas Beach Resort

In Panama, the day starts with a walk on the beach

The Traveler: Teri Joyce of Minneapolis.In the early morning, "campers and beachcombers greet the new day after a night of music, laughter and bonfires at…
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May 14
Ireland is looking at late June for an announcement on travel.

Broadway shows announce fall reopening dates; Ireland reopening gingerly

Viking cruising to St. PaulViking Cruises is already advertising St. Paul and other cities on the Mississippi River for its slate of new tours scheduled…