These apps guide you on outdoor social-distance getaways

July 3
There are a few apps you may want to download before you escape to the great outdoors for a socially distant summer. (Joanne Kim/The New York Times)
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Visitors young and old, from all over the world, travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Sunny summer getaways take on a fresh twist in the shadow of a pandemic.
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July 10

Why did Candlewood Suites charge a nonsmoker a smoking fee?

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July 10
Monument Valley

Rainbow over Monument Valley

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July 10
St. Lucia is requiring COVID-19 tests within seven days of arrival.

Caribbean islands reopen, makeover at Disney

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July 3

Does Sun Country Airlines abide by the 24-hour cancellation rule?

Q: I bought a ticket on Sun Country Airlines for $272 and then canceled the flight 16 hours later. I made the purchase over seven…
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July 3
Travel shots in Honduras

Honduras contains many wonderful sights

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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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Looking for a road trip? We have a section that highlights events and destinations within a day's drive.
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July 3
The North House Folk School’s buildings perch on the harbor in Grand Marais, Minn.

Delta requires health survey

Health check before flyingDelta Air Lines will soon require customers to answer questions about whether they've experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or been in contact with…
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July 1
Grand Marais Lighthouse stood tall among the sparkling waters of Lake Superior.

Wanted or not: Northern Minnesota a top destination for visitors this weekend

Tourism-dependent towns are anticipating a rush of visitors.
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June 26

Travel Troubleshooter: Israel tour rescheduled for next year without asking

Q: We booked a trip on Grand Circle Travel to Israel for a May 4 departure. Soon after our purchase, Grand Circle Travel canceled all…
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June 26
San Carlos, Costa Rica

A striking view of basilisk lizard in Costa Rica

The Traveler: Verna Hillstrom of Maple GroveA basilisk lizard hides among leaves in San Carlos, Costa Rica. Hillstrom was dining with her husband…
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June 25
Delta Air Lines has parked dozens of planes at Pinal Airpark, in Red Rock, Ariz., as part of its adjustment to lower demand for air travel during the

Delta will add 1,000 flights in August but that may be it for the year

The dominant airline at MSP expects passenger volume this summer to be 25% of a year ago.
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June 19
A Shoreline Sightseeing architecture boat tour in Chicago.

Chicago architecture cruises return; airlines to step up mask enforcement

Split Rock Lighthouse, petroglyph site to reopenSplit Rock Lighthouse, near Two Harbors, and Jeffers Petroglyphs, with 5,000 ancient rock carvings near Comfrey, will reopen July…
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June 19
The Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs to reopen July 15

The iconic Minnesota sites are popular stops on road trips.
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June 18
Masked passengers fill a Southwest Airlines flight from Burbank, Calif., to Las Vegas on June 3, with middle seats left open.

Flying brings new kinds of discomfort

Air travel this summer is a matter of fewer people, more masks, more disinfectant, less food and drink and less talk.
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June 18
Europe's Danube River is a frequent route for Viking River Cruise.

Travel Troubleshooter: After their cruise is canceled due to pandemic, customer uses the nuclear option to get a refund

Q: Viking Cruises is refusing to issue a total refund after canceling operations and promising refunds. My wife and I paid $10,096 for…
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June 18
A very chill moment at Monument Valley.

A chill moment at Monument Valley in Arizona

The Traveler: Peter Molenda of Minneapolis Sandstone buttes rise from the valley floor, while a desert shrub wears a coat of ice one…
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June 12
Mount Rushmore will be open to tourists this summer, including a ticketed Independence Day weekend fireworks display.

Current travel restrictions for states bordering Minnesota (plus Canada)

Canada: All nonessential travel between the U.S. and Canada is restricted until at least June 22. Canada has begun admitting immediate family members of citizens…
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June 12
Melgeorge's Elephant Lake Lodge near Orr, Minn., offers lodge rooms and cabins.

What health experts say about summer vacation

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June 6
Kurt and Edwige Moses camp for the night in their teardrop camper trailer, built by St. Paul company Vistabule.

Summer of the road trip: Why we're hitting the road, and how to do it safely

Pandemic worries are fueling a surge in driving vacations.
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June 4
Dolomites in Northern Italy

Viewfinders: Hard work leads to heavenly view in Dolomites

The Traveler: Brian Tell of Edina Above the clouds, morning casts a rosy glow in Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a nature park in…
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June 4
In this Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, visitors gather at an outlook on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.

The Grand Canyon is open; Delta extends social distancing

Grand Canyon is open Grand Canyon National Park has reopened as rangers put plans for the summer in place, despite pandemic cases and deaths. The…