Kerri Westenberg | Star Tribune
Travel editor

Travel editor Kerri Westenberg has twice been named Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. She previously worked at Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and National Geographic magazines.Westenberg’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple and other national publications.

During Westenberg's tenure, which began in 2004, the society has named the Star Tribune's Travel section among the top three in the country many times. She is also the author of "State of Wonder," a book that celebrates Minnesota and derives from a series that first appeared in Travel.

Top tip for getting to MSP airport on time

Traffic was inching along, and I was getting nervous. It was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. As I zipped along Crosstown Hwy. 62, I felt confident…

What's the best gift for developing brains? Travel

One year for the holidays, Dad gave us all a trip to Hawaii. He was on to something.Parents, there's a good reason for giving the…

Why head to Gunflint Trail in winter? Ample snow, 130 miles of cross-country trails, cozy lodges

The road to winter fun, where snow arrives early and stays late.

Want to ski? Minnesota has loads of options

Across Minnesota, people will soon be retrieving skis from storage, applying wax, checking the bindings — if they haven’t already. There are giants of the…

Where to stay, eat and play along the Mississippi River? Book on Great River Road tells all

Dean Klinkenberg stopped counting the miles he’s cruised on the Great River Road when he hit 120,000. “I wore out one car, and I’m working…

Eight essentials to help you survive air travel over the holidays

According to AAA, 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving this year, 2.5 million more people than last year. While most…

Why you shouldn't hold a baby in flight

Just because the Federal Aviation Administration allows children under age 2 to ride on laps in airliners doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. I write…

Seeking the wild side of Maui? Easy, it's everywhere

Everywhere on Maui, lush, authentic, uncrowded places abound.

No more Ufly when you fly: Sun Country changes rewards program

The Ufly program will end, and members' points will be automatically transferred to a new rewards program. The airline says the changes are meant to simplify the rewards process for customers.

How FAA reauthorization will alter your experience at TSA checkpoints

Last week, I wrote about what the 2018 FAA Reauthorization means for fliers and airlines. The new law will affect our experiences at the…