Kerri Westenberg | Star Tribune
Travel editor

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.


What good can come from lost luggage? Designer dresses for a steal, plus help for the needy

The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., has intrigued me for as long as I've known about it — and that's a long time. The…


On Carnival, an upgrade to a grand suite comes with a few headaches

I had been preparing for the cruise for more than a year. The Carnival ship hadn't even made its maiden voyage when I booked two…


For wonderful surprises, let your friends lead the way on your next vacation

The villa is a marvel. Built on what was once marshland in Boston's Fenway, the building designed after an Italian palace awed me. The courtyard…


MSP slips a bit in ranking of large airports in U.S. and Canada

Using a scale of 1,000 points, how would you rank Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport? On average, fliers who participated in J.D. Power’s 2018 North American…


National Public Lands Day is coming up. Just how much land do Minnesotans own? Lots.

Sept. 22 is National Public Lands Day, and there are about 12 million reasons to celebrate in Minnesota.Our state counts more than 12 million acres…


Fall colors: Get them while you can

Summer is fading away, but at least we have autumn's brilliant blazes ahead. The trick is knowing where to find them at their peak. Fortunately,…


Autumn reveals the best of Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northern Minnesota

In autumn, ducks in the millions flock to the waters of Rice Lake.


Tips for train travel, from someone who was stuck on one in Wisconsin

When traveling on Amtrak, pack well, warns Wyatt Johnston of Rochester, Minn. “Bring snacks, bring extra batteries, bring one of those portable Wi-Fi hotspot…


Fort Myers, Sanibel and other Fla. locations hit by toxic algae blooms. Is it safe to visit?

I logged onto the beach camera at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island and saw a remarkable sight — at least for this summer.…


Best days to book your holiday travel

I know where I’ll be at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’ve got the airline tickets to get me there. I bought too early, if you…