The working class Sanita neighborhood, once considered too dangerous to visit, now attracts tourists to its stunning churches and catacombs.

Discovering the Baroque beauty of a revived Naples

Cleaner and safer than it was 20 years ago, the city is a storehouse of art and history.

Midwest Traveler: Mille Lacs workshops highlight Ojibwe art and crafts

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The Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia, Minn., offers classes in traditional Ojibwe arts, such as this two-day beading workshop.
Crafting and resorts bring people together in winter in the Mille Lacs region.

Diving right into the Australian summer

December 12
Crowds gather at the Cape Byron Lighthouse for sunset in Cape Byron, Australia.
Sunny summer days are underway in Perth and the Northern Rivers region.
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December 13
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky.

New standards for Airbnb, bad passengers

New standards for AirbnbIn response to the deaths of five people at a mansion party in California, Airbnb announced changes aimed at protecting the safety…
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December 13
Svalbard, Norway.

Polar bear makes itself at home in Svalbard, Norway

THE Traveler: Thomas Fletcher of Farmington.The scene: A polar bear relaxes on a cliff overlooking the water in Svalbard, a group of Norwegian…
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December 13
Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas is the fourth Quantum-class ship for the cruise line.

New cruise rankings list the best bets at sea

Annual rankings include best cruise lines for families, couples, value and more.
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December 13
Sleek skyscrapers and towering mountains meet in Vancouver, a city with great shopping, dining and outdoor fun.

Lower fares to Vancouver may be coming – here's what to do when you're there

Last week, Sun Country Airlines announced plans to offer nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Vancouver International Airport beginning May 20. The route will…
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December 13
Travelers experience a homestay in the village of Aroumd, Morocco.

Homestays: finding comfort in a stranger's home

Travelers seeking more intimate, local experiences are discovering homestays.
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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December 12
A walking path surrounds Mound 59, one of the Twin Mounds, at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill.

An ancient spiritual hub in Illinois almost as cool as Giza

Small town has a giant UNESCO-anointed burial mound, and it's gaining recognition.
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December 12
The organization ConservationVIP is involved in reforestation in the Scottish Highlands, such as at Glen Affric.

The world needs trees more than ever – here's how to plant some on your travels

Volunteer on a reforestation program, or support tourism-related businesses that plant trees.
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December 12
The Empire State Building, left, and 432 Park Ave., center, dominate the midtown Manhattan skyline in New York in a view from One World Observatory.

Travel Troubleshooter: New York hotel charges a $136 resort fee, then tacks on a hidden $307

Q: I have a question about a hidden hotel fee. I booked two rooms at the InterContinental New York Barclay through Hotwire recently. I paid…
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December 12
The Kiwanis Holiday Lights display transforms Mankato’s Sibley Park with 1.5 million colored lights.

Quick Trips: Lakota Invitational, Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato, Pella Historical Village

Rapid City, S.D. Celebrate the culture of the Lakota Nation during the 43rd annual Lakota Nation Invitational Wed.-Sat. Youths from around the U.S. will compete…
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December 7
The Sugarbush Ski Trail System cuts through the Superior National Forest in the Lutsen-Tofte area.

Where to hit the slopes or trails for a wintry Minnesota getaway

There are lots of down-home places in our state to play in the snow.
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December 7
Portraits of Chester and Clara Congdon, the wealthy heads of the Congdon family, still hang proudly in the halls of the Glensheen mansion.

Quick Trips: Christmas at Gleensheen, Old World Christmas, Wahkon snowmobile festival

Duluth Glensheen, one of Minnesota’s grandest mansions, is offering holiday tours. Guided candlelight Christmas tours take place on select dates through Dec. 27 (hours vary,…
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December 7
A common area at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler in British Columbia.

A heli-skiing experience in Iceland; a posh Four Seasons ski resort in British Columbia

Heli-skiing in Iceland LineUpExplorers, a travel agency based in Germany that specializes in surf and ski vacations, and Iceland-based tour operator Arctic Heli Skiing offer…
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December 6
Views are great at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, which is on the massive Chugach Mountain range. Photo by

An extreme spring break: skiing in Alaska

A spring break trip to Alaska turns up mountain skiing and family adventures.
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Alaska's Alyeska Resort

About Alyeska Resort: In the Chugach Mountains, this year-round resort has 300 hotel rooms, a spa, several dining options and 76 ski trails served by…
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December 6
“Minnesota Love Location” photo art was created by Heather Buchma; it’s available, from $42, at www.minted.com.

Best ways to get your travel photos into your life

My job requires me to organize travel photos. When it comes to family trips, though, I'm hopeless. Some photos are on my phone. Some are…
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December 5
The author carves it up in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, a mountain range so stunning it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

How a 40-year-old novice skier learned to take on black diamond runs

Lessons, custom boots and learning to find and engage her core helped a beginning skier progress.
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December 5
A crowd watched holiday lights come on as fireworks lit up the sky during the Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City on Nov. 28.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City glows with holiday sparkle

With lights, toys and free activities, Kansas City is the Midwest's epicenter of holiday mirth.
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December 5
Naili Basiladze prepares a supra table, a feast to welcome her guests, as featured in “Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus.”

Six cookbooks that double as travel guidebooks

Travelers who consider dinner reservations first should select cookbooks celebrating the cuisine of a place.
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December 5
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Picture-perfect bucolic life near Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

The Traveler: Julie Aasgaard of Eden Prairie. The scene: A patchwork of green is punctuated by farm buildings near Lake Lucerne, a sprawling…
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December 5
Mikaela Shiffrin, shown with her parents Eileen and Jeff, says she likes to have her mother with her during the competition season because “if you c

On the road with Olympic gold-medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin

The 24-year-old on travel, jet lag, music and the power of Mom.