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Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion

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Gliding across northern Minnesota's Lake Vermilion on a sleek, deluxe racing sailboat known as an A-scow is like any other lake-sailing experience -- only with the adrenaline cranked up to 10.

My group of four friends, along with 4-year-old twin girls, were seated on the starboard deck of Pehrson Lodge Resort's fearsome 38-foot flagship, dubbed...Read more

Bismarck beckons with revitalized downtown, new breweries — and butterhorns

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The state capital of North Dakota feels more like a small town than a surly legislative city.

It's the kind of place where people smile at you when you walk down the street. Stop to ask them a question, and you'll likely get an answer along with some hospitable banter about the weather.

In this town of roughly 72,000, no one ...Read more

Around the World: In Hawaii, Make Mine Maui

Travel / Around the World /

Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Island, packs an awesome array of natural scenic wonders into its 728 square miles. The beaches alone keep tourists content for days, but there are Maui’s decidedly different but equally interesting towns to visit, and trek into the rugged mountains reveal exquisite island flora and spectacular ...Read more

Please fix the name on my baby's airline ticket, Expedia

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My husband booked us a trip to Greece for this summer on Expedia. Our flight is on Air Canada.

He called Air Canada to pick seats, since we will be traveling with a 9-month-old baby. Air Canada informed us that our child was booked under the name "S. Cassill" instead of the name on her passport, "Stevie Anne Marie Cassill."

He asked Air ...Read more

Taking the Kids: When you can't let it rain on your parade

Travel / Taking The Kids /

We're soaked through, despite good rain gear. But no one is heading indoors. Did I mention we are on bikes? "This is the first time I've seen people actually choose to bike in the rain," my daughter Reggie Foldes said.

At least it wasn't cold -- or too hot. I'm impressed that our entire homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2081771">Read more

Mackinac Island named the No. 1 summer destination in America

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The vacation planning website TripAdvisor just named Michigan's Mackinac Island the No. 1 summer travel destination in America for 2018.

That's ahead of the likes of Martha's Vineyard (Mass.), Jackson Hole (Wyo.), Lake George (N.Y.) and Ocean City (Md.).

"This charming island is a throwback to old-timey seaside leisure with the candy-colored ...Read more

Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close

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Niagara Falls is nature at its mightiest. More than just a look at a waterfall, a visit is a full vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of the area and the luxury that has drawn tourists from around the world.

A great introduction to the Niagara Falls is from the water with a tour from Niagara Cruises. Voyage to the Falls boat tour visits ...Read more

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I love Venice at night, and recently, I was reminded why. The evening started at one of my favorite Venice restaurants. The chef served up a seafood bounty from the lagoon, accompanied by deliciously grilled local vegetables and polenta. After dinner, twinkling from my sprightly Venetian white wine, I wandered through the tangle of back lanes, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kirk Acevedo

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Growing up in New York, actor Kirk Acevedo says he learned early on to be self-reliant. "Having lived on my own since I was 16 in a big city taught me to be very self-sufficient," says Acevedo, who portrays Ricardo Diaz -- aka The Dragon -- on the CW series "Arrow." "I trust people very slowly. And then I suffer no fools. And for these skills I ...Read more

Catalina Island beckons with new hiking trails, vestiges of old Hollywood

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California sun sends shimmers of light across the choppy waves as I depart Long Beach and head out to sea aboard the high-speed ferry Catalina Express.

My destination: a 76-square-mile fortress of rock that's marooned 23 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.

Catalina is one of eight of the Channel Islands, and it's the only one with a ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Following in the footsteps of royalty

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Didn't get an invite? You're in good company. President Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other world leaders also didn't make the cut for the May 19th wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. After all, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle can only hold 800 people (600 have reportedly been invited to attend, with ...Read more

That time when a bear broke into our minivan on a family vacation in the Smokies

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As we checked in and got directions to our mountain cabin, we were told we might encounter bears on the property.

Don't feed them, we were warned.

OK, we said. Got it.

Not long after completing a 600-mile, nine-hour road trip from Chicago, we followed a winding road to an area just west of downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn., the gateway to Great ...Read more

The fires could not quench the beauty of California's wine country

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NAPA VALLEY, Calif. -- As I floated 2,500 feet above this storied wine-producing valley in a hot air balloon, all I could see below was a vast mosaic of greens. Greens in every shade -- from palest lettuce to soft sage to vivid emerald. Soaring over the Mayacamas Mountain Range, a tantalizing view of Mount St. Helena (not to be confused with ...Read more

What's around the Fillmore

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The Fillmore stands near the confluence of three neighborhoods. Here's what to visit in each.

Fillmore District

For a jazzier scene in a throwback setting far smaller than the Fillmore, step across Geary Boulevard to the Boom Boom Room at 1601 Fillmore St. Once known for its association with John Lee Hooker, the Boom Boom Room is a long, ...Read more

Museum of Ice Cream staying for the summer in San Francisco

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It will be a sweet summer in San Francisco.

The wildly popular Museum of Ice Cream is extending its run yet again. You can immerse yourself in icy-creamy goodness and flop into that pool of sprinkles anytime between now and Sept. 3. Tickets for the latest extension went on sale last week.

And there are new whimsical art installations at the ...Read more

Britain's royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Chances are you weren't invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taking place at Windsor Castle -- neither was I -- but that doesn't mean you can't visit the place where it happened, or other royal residences in Great Britain. In addition to Windsor Castle, London's Kensington, Buckingham and Hampton Court palaces -- and the more...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With MAX

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

MAX's platinum single "Lights Down Low" was written as a love song for his girlfriend -- now wife -- Emily. Based out of New York City, the singer (born Max Schneider) met the Brit in Chicago. "The best travel memory I have is a proper Sunday lunch with my wife's family in Brighton, England, where she grew up," says MAX, 25. "It was just ...Read more

Finding Hidden Mickeys

Travel / Around the World /

Walt Disney World features fun adventures from one end of the realm to the other, but one of the most popular with kids of all ages is the Hidden Mickeys hunt.

Yes, Mickey is a presiding presence throughout the theme park, clearly visible in all the usual places -- on the signs, admission tickets and guide maps that ...Read more

Feel the music at the Fillmore

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It's 10 minutes to showtime. Step up to the three-story Italianate brick box at Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Avert your eyes from the payday-loan operation that takes up much of the ground floor. Submit to a brief search by security.

Then climb the stairs, grab an apple from the giveaway bin and check out the hundreds ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Useful gadgets and gizmos for the moms in your life

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Gadget or Gizmo? If you're thinking expensive flowers for Mother's Day, think again, as there are so many useful new affordable gadgets and gizmos, not to mention apps, which will be appreciated by the moms in your life every time they travel.

Of course, anything you can do to make a family vacation easier and more relaxing for ...Read more