Where to go in Minnesota to enjoy the fullest of fall colors

Where to go in Minnesota to enjoy the fullest of fall colors

Ideas and photographic inspiration to fuel an autumn drive.

Pop-up outhouses and advance research fuels road trips south

September 19
Be sure to plan ahead and use caution when taking road trips amidst the pandemic.
My family was among 700 million Americans taking a road trip this summer. We learned a few things along the way.

For digital nomads, traveling for work takes on new meaning in pandemic age

September 5
Cecily Cutshall, an employee at TCF Bank, works at a family cabin on Half Moon Lake in Wisconsin.
A growing number of professionals are working remotely — really remotely.
September 18
The Starflyer, a ride on International Drive, stands unused in Orlando, April 29, 2020.

Travel Troubleshooter: Airbnb rental was surrounded by loiterers and weed smokers. Can we get a refund?

Q: We booked an Airbnb for three weeks in Orlando. When we arrived at the property, my wife and I feared for our safety. While…
September 18
Catch a glimpse of history along Stuntz Bay Boathouse Historic District on Lake Vermilion in Breitung Township, Minn.

These 143 historic boathouses offer a peek into Minnesota's past

A collection of boathouses on Lake Vermilion, built by miners, hint at the area's work-hard, play-hard past.
September 18

Viewfinders: Along a time-worn street in quiet Hoi An

The Traveler: Maxine Saul of LakevilleA boy and a man who is likely his father made their way along a canal in the…
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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September 16
Take in sprawling views of the mighty Mississippi at the Buena Vista Park overlook in Alma, Wis.

3 mini-vacations in the Midwest that offer spectacular scenery and won't break the bank

These three quick trips feel worlds away.
September 14
Haley Lindberg, 8, happily skipped a rock on Lake Superior. The family was visiting from Minnetonka.

Tourism downturn hits Duluth hotels, restaurants hard

Duluth's tourism industry is way down this year, as visitors are opting for day trips and avoiding coronavirus trouble spots like hotels, indoor restaurants and enclosed attractions.
September 11

After cancellation, where's the Singapore Airlines refund?

Q: I booked a flight on Singapore Airlines for my husband to join me on a business trip from Singapore to Penang, Malaysia, last year.…
September 8
Some $40 million paid by airlines to operate at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could be waived. File photo of the airport this spring

MSP Airport could waive millions in fees to airlines

Move intended to preserve air service here, but some disagree.
September 3
Passengers stand at a British Airways check-in desk after the airport suffered an IT systems failure, at London's Gatwick Airport, Saturday, May 27, 2

Travel Troubleshooter: The airline thought we were no-shows, so it canceled our tickets home from Glasgow

Q: I visited Scotland with my family. It was an amazing trip, except for our return flights, booked through Orbitz. The first segment of our…
August 28
The Laurentian Divide Recreation Area near Virginia, Minn., has hiking and biking trails that cut across the Laurentian Divide and lead to great views

Near Hibbing, Minn., a geological force of nature

The Iron Range area is the site of a rare three-way continental divide.
August 28
In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, the Upe members wait to vote in the Bougainville referendum in Teau, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

Travel Troubleshooter: Can't get a refund from Expedia after colleague 'busts' her knee in Papua New Guinea

Q: I recently flew to Papua New Guinea with a colleague. We booked the tickets through EVA Air and Expedia. While we were there, my…
August 28
Lisa Novak Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Viewfinders: A magnificent waterfall, whose name says it all

The Traveler: Lisa Novak of PlymouthTakakkaw Falls spills into the Yoho River in British Columbia's Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Amid a…
August 22
Rick Steves stops during a hike on Italy's Cinque Terre. Provided by Rick Steves' Europe.

Why Europe guru Rick Steves wants travelers to stay home

The author and television personality on tourism's future, the mark of a good traveler and how Italy is the India of Europe.
August 21
Coty George in Waianae, Hawaii, wearing a cloth mask made by the Hawaii designer Air South. Face masks made with the same colorful prints used for alo

Travel Troubleshooter: Rebooked flight to Hawaii isn't practical during a pandemic

Q: Hawaiian Airlines canceled my flight from San Jose, Calif., to Honolulu in June. The airline rebooked me on another flight to a different airport…
August 21
Zermatt, Switzerland

A view of Matterhorn, the photographer's 'happy place'

The Traveler: Kay V. Christianson of MinneapolisA sunny day in Zermatt, Switzerland, offers an exceptionally clear view of the Matterhorn, one of the…
August 15
Devil’s Bridge (Ponte della Maddalena) crosses the Serchio River near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in northern Tuscany, Italy.

From kids' camps to pilgrimage hikes, virtual travel hits its stride

Increasing numbers of tour companies are offering online experiences for would-be travelers.
August 14
A pedestrian with a face mask walks past a produce shop in the Brixton neighborhood of London, May 21, 2020.

Travel Troubleshooter: VRBO doesn't require owners to give refunds due to pandemic

Q: I saw your recent article about getting your money back after a VRBO owner canceled a vacation stay during the pandemic. I’m facing the…
August 14
“Anything goes” in Acapulco?

State Department eases global travel warnings, but you still can't get there from here

You can travel, but you can't The State Department on Aug. 6 relaxed its pandemic warnings that Americans should avoid all international travel. However, as…
August 14
Voyageurs National Park

An anniversary trip to Minnesota's only national park, Voyageurs

The Traveler: Melinda Bennett of Plymouth"Last week my husband [Tom Nelson] and I took our granddog, Millie, camping for a week on…
August 9
With long-distance trips on hold, many families are relying on outdoor activities that are close to home to scratch the travel itch.

The future of travel: How tourism slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic

Brief stays, last-minute excursions and road trips are easing people back into tourism.
August 8
Travelers at the Delta Air Lines ticketing counter Thursday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

In a downsized airline industry, focus shifts to leisure travelers

Perks and amenities are no longer the focus — health and safety are.