Snow monkeys bathe in the hot spring of Jigokudani Monkey Park in the mountains in Yamanouchi town, Nagano, central Japan.

Our beautiful world: Star Tribune photographers share their travel pictures

Travel destinations are quiet, their streets and beaches empty. But these photos from our staff photographers let us slip away for a moment.

How to explore the world online when you're stuck at home

March 28
When you are quarantined or cancel your trip, you can still go on a journey. The secret? The author Reif Larsen says it's Google Street View.
If you're quarantined, you can still go on a journey with Google Street View.
Diners sat at an outdoor restaurant, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. The area experienced some of the state's first COVID-19 deaths, but l

Florida tourist haven at nexus of debate about next steps

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Hours after her father died, an angry and distraught Lori Hannaford typed out a 3 a.m. Facebook post aimed at…
March 29
Mel Jacobson, left, with neighbor Rod Hyde, abandoned Minnetonka for his cabin across the St. Croix River to wait out the virus pandemic.

Minnesotans hunker down at cabins to escape coronavirus

Despite concerns of year-round residents, some cabin owners head north to wait out the crisis
March 27
Passengers waited for their flights at the Marrakesh Airport on March 15. Several special flights departed Morocco, taking thousands of stranded Europ

Questions about medical evacuation during a pandemic

These insurance plans can't guarantee service during a lockdown.
March 27
Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Ariz. A landmark of Sedona's skyline and one of the most photographed sights in Arizona, Cathedral Rock is located in the Co

Travel section to temporarily move to Variety

Since homo sapiens walked out of Africa about 60,000 years ago, we have been a traveling species. That early exploratory impulse, which likely lives on…
March 26
An ambulance sits parked on the plaza outside the U.S. Capitol March 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Travel Troubleshooter: Can I get a refund from Airbnb after the coronavirus outbreak?

Q: I recently rented a home in Washington, D.C., through Airbnb for April. The museums have been closed in Washington, and the Centers for Disease…
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March 23
The golden tips of aspen trees in fall are sprinkled throughout the boreal forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Where to get away from it all (including other people) in Minnesota

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this story was published, U.S. public health officials have advised Americans to stay at home to help slow the spread of the…
March 21
A woman wipes down a counter in the Transportation Security Administration screening area at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Coronavirus and plane travel: If you must fly, here's what to expect

Some air travel remains unavoidable. Here's what you'll experience at the airport and onboard.
March 21
Egypt’s Pyramid of Djoser was built in the 27th century B.C.

Egypt's oldest pyramid restored; Wisconsin Dells resorts closed; truck destroys Easter Island statue

Oldest pyramid restored Egypt’s so-called Step Pyramid was finally reopened to the public on March 5, following 14 years of restoration work. It is properly…
March 20
File photo: The Lost World Adventure outdoor water park seen from one of Wilderness Resort's Glacier Canyon condominiums in Wisconsin Dells. Some of t

Travel Troubleshooter: Surprise! We chose this Jamaican resort for the water park, but it was under construction

Q: I booked four rooms for my family at Iberostar Selection Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We chose the Suites for its family-friendly…
March 20
The Inn at Death Valley at Death Valley National Park.

The grand lodges at Yosemite and Death Valley are a splurge – are they worth it?

Comparing the Ahwahnee at Yosemite and the Inn at Death Valley.
March 20
Summer activity at the Black Rocks of Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan. The dark geological feature is a popular place for jumping into Lake S

Midwest Traveler: Why Marquette, Mich., is your base for fun on the Upper Peninsula

Marquette, Mich., is a fine base for biking, hiking, brews and day trips.
March 20
Sunset at Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Ariz. Mick Richards, Burnsville

A special glow at Sedona's Cathedral Rock

THE Traveler: Mick Richards of Burnsville.The scene: The warm colors of sunset set off Cathedral Rock, a popular red rock formation in Sedona,…
March 20
The “Jerusalem” cookbook can let you visit vicariously.

How to explore the world without ever leaving home

I spy the streets of Rome, and they are exquisitely empty. Not because its citizens are stuck inside, but because the year is 1960 and…
March 19
Compass Airlines, a Twin Cities-based regional carrier, is shutting down.

Twin Cities-based Compass Airlines points to coronavirus as factor in shutting down

The Twin Cities-based regional carrier with an NWA heritage says it's done as of April 7.
March 15
In this Saturday, March 15, 2020, photo, travelers wait in line to go through customs at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Lori L

Pandemonium at airports follows new European travel ban

CHICAGO - Airports nationwide were thrown into chaos this weekend as workers scrambled to roll out the Trump administration’s hastily arranged health screenings for travelers…
March 14
Everything travelers need to know about being sick overseas

Everything travelers need to know about being sick overseas

Navigating medical care in another country is a challenge even when you're feeling well. Here's what you should do if you do get sick.
March 13
Somewhere in New Mexico, the dining car awaits the lunch crowd aboard Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which links Chicago and Los Angeles.

Two days solo but not lonely aboard an Amtrak train

Trip from Chicago to L.A. begins in one Union Station, ends in another.
March 13
Tikal, an ancient Mayan citadel, lies deep within the forests of Guatemala. It is part of Tikal National Park, opened to the public in 1955.

In Guatemala and Belize, from forested Tikal to shark-invested ocean

Spiders, caves and sharks: A mother steps outside her comfort zone in Belize and Guatemala.
March 13
Fliers can find cheap tickets now for cities such as New Orleans.

Cancel or book a vacation? Consider doing both

A week of fast-moving coronavirus news has puzzled travelers.
March 13
A scene at Flood Bay, along the North Shore, by Dale K. Mize of Plymouth.

The look of adventure along the Minnesota's North Shore

THE Traveler: Dale K. Mize of Plymouth.The scene: A rainbow arced across a moody sky above Lake Superior's Flood Bay near Two Harbors,…