Variety
November 7, 2020
The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.

In Fergus Falls, Minn., a prairie paradise for snowshoeing, hiking

At the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, you can explore a unique type of grassland: prairie potholes.
Variety
November 6, 2020
Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indonesian islands of Raja Ampat are one of the best diving spots on the planet

The Traveler Bradford Benson of MinnetonkaAn Indonesian diver dips below the waters off Batanta Island, one of the 1,500 islands that make up the archipelago…
Variety
November 6, 2020
The Norwegian Encore, like other cruise ships, is on hiatus until Jan. 1.

Cruise lines suspend sailings until 2021, but ski resorts are reopening soon

Maybe cruise next year The cruise industry has jettisoned hopes of restarting operations this year. The group that represents cruise lines with 95% of global…
Variety
November 3, 2020
Visitors on the island of Skellig Michael, Ireland.

When flying picks back up, will you be ready?

Now makes a good time to heed the Real ID deadline and passport expiration dates.
Variety
October 30, 2020
The Ayrakty-Shomanay Mountains of Kazakhstan.

'Very Nice!' Kazakhstan tourism embraces Borat catchphrase; Costa Rica opens to all Americans

Kazakhstan: ‘Very nice!’ If you can’t beat Borat, join him. After condemning Sacha Baron Cohen’s first “Borat” movie for portraying the country as backward and bigoted…
Duluth
October 27, 2020
The Duluth City Council approved $300,000 in additional tourism tax money for Spirit Mountain to help it open this year.

Will there be pent-up demand for Duluth's troubled Spirit Mountain?

Spirit Mountain hopes for pent-up demand and local travel to help right itself.
Variety
October 24, 2020
The five mini-cabins at Cuyuna Cove abut a popular state recreation area.

COVID-cation options in Minnesota include new tiny cabins and grain silos

Surprising lodging offerings in central Minnesota are perfect for social-distancing vacations.
Variety
October 22, 2020
Southwest Airlines will begin filling middle seats on Dec. 1.

MSP sees rebound of air passengers; Hawaii reopens; Southwest to fill middle seats

Air travel rebound at MSP Air travel out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has crept back slightly since spring. The annual Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA)…
Variety
October 17, 2020
An Airbnb yurt outside Gunnison featured a king bed, electricity and wood stove, overlooking the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Road trip to Colorado, where scenery is abundant, but COVID was not

A 1,000-mile road trip to a luxe yurt provides an escape from the pandemic.
Variety
October 16, 2020
Jesse Katayama had Machu Picchu all to himself.

After seven-month wait, man gets Machu Picchu all to himself

Machu Picchu, at long lastJesse Katayama had planned to end a journey around the world at Machu Picchu, the sprawling 15th-century Inca citadel high in…
Duluth
October 14, 2020
Visitors took in the fall colors and Lake Superior view Tuesday at the Summit Chalet in Lutsen. Winter tourism is looking promising for northern resor

North Shore's busy summer has extended into fall, winter

Resorts are adding more amenities to lure new visitors.
Coronavirus
October 9, 2020
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Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays

Experts on airfare deals say costs are lower than in previous years and deals can still be found.
Variety
October 9, 2020
Ms Ly’s restaurant is well know in Hoi An.

Peek into Miss Ly Cafe, which turns out the best food in Hoi An, Vietnam

The Traveler Bonnie Dickel Hoffman of Golden Valley.In her eponymous Miss Ly Cafe in Hoi An, Vietnam, Miss Ly rests as staffers cook…
Variety
October 9, 2020
The Chicago skyline, seen from a tour boat in Lake Michigan.

Chicago scores a four-peat

Chicago scores a four-peatChicago has been voted the best large city in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row — a first in…
Variety
October 2, 2020
Upgrades are underway on MSP’s Glumack Drive.

Delta drops more ticket change restrictions and fees; cruises banned until Oct. 31

Road to airport repaved A steep decline in air travel due to COVID-19 gave the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport an opportunity. Glumack Drive, the quarter-mile…
Travel
September 26, 2020
John Richardson, the Hawk Ridge fall count director, showed off a sharp-shinned hawk to visitors. The hawk was caught in their banding center and was

A parade of raptors at Duluth's Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve offers sweeping views of Lake Superior and gorgeous autumn color. But most visitors keep their eyes on the skies. This 235-acre…
Variety
September 25, 2020
San Sebastian in Spain

A rainbow hugs San Sebastian, in the Basque region of Spain

The Traveler: B. Rowe Winecoff of EdinaA rainbow paints the sky above San Sebastian, a resort town in the Basque region of northern…
Local
September 22, 2020
Delta Air Lines will resume long-haul international flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport next month, with four roundtrips a week to A

Delta will resume long international flights at MSP, first with Amsterdam

Delta will resume flying route four times a week, starting on Oct. 25. MSP is now averaging 288 daily departures, down from 500 a year ago.
Variety
September 21, 2020
Be sure to plan ahead and use caution when taking road trips amidst the pandemic.

Pop-up outhouses and advance research fuels road trips south

My family was among the millions of Americans taking a road trip this summer. We learned a few things along the way.
Magazine
September 18, 2020
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.