Kerri Westenberg | Star Tribune
Travel editor

As a travel writer and editor, Kerri Westenberg focuses on destinations and consumer travel issues. She has worked at Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and National Geographic and has written for those magazines and others, including National Geographic Traveler and Real Simple.


How to safely evacuate an airplane

When smoke began to fill the cabin after a Delta Air Lines flight landed in Denver on May 8, passengers made an emergency evacuation.…


Minnesota abounds with resort vacation options

An interactive tool carries more than 60 resort reviews written by Star Tribune readers and reporters.


Top 9 places to dig into pie, from Lake Okoboji to Castle Danger

From Amboy to Whalan, these Minnesota pies are worth the drive.


Why drive to Des Moines in springtime? So you can get to summer faster

As I drove down Interstate 35 last weekend from the Twin Cities to Des Moines, my spirits lifted. Each passing mile brought me closer…


Improvements coming to beloved Superior Hiking Trail

Last spring, I took a walk on the miracle of a forested path that runs 326 miles through some of Minnesota’s most beautiful terrain, the…


Sun Country adds nonstop service to vacation hot spots New Orleans, Santa Barbara

Sun Country Airlines announced service to two new destinations from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, both vacation favorites: New Orleans and Santa Barbara. The…


Snowstorm reveals why smaller airlines like Sun Country may not save you money in the end

The airline's initial response may have been a rookie mistake by new owners.


Alabama's Rural Studio provides sleek modern buildings — and shelter for the soul

An architectural outpost in one of the country's poorest regions, where modern buildings dot Alabama's bucolic landscape.


Overall, airlines getting the job done

Recent news about airlines could have travelers checking Amtrak and Greyhound schedules. Airplane seats keep getting squeezed. Choosing a seat at the time of booking…


How to find the best tour company for your trip

Finding the right tour company can be tricky, but your vacation — and your safety — may depend upon it. A reader recently asked me…