Rick Steves

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

Venice under a cloak of darkness has an extra dose of magic and mystery.

 

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

Put yourself in the royals’ shoes, sort of, with a day trip to one of their palaces.

 

Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums

Scandinavia’s Viking days may be long gone, but its legacy of maritime…

 

Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe

Fascinating history makes it one of the continent’s most intriguing cities.

Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Its laid-back vibe makes it the perfect place to just be on vacation.

Europe’s emigration museums: Remembering the long goodbye

Visiting these places can help us understand those currently seeking refuge in the US.

If you’re alive, you can stay in a European hostel

‘Youth’ hosteling is a thing of the past. Today, the low-cost lodgings welcome travelers of all ages.

Make the most of 24 hours in Iceland

Many American travelers are dropping in to Iceland on their way to or from Europe.

A rookie’s guide to traveling in France

If you’re a first-time visitor to Paris, here are some more tips.

Ljubljana: An underrated gem in the heart of Europe

wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic — is one of Eastern Europe’s most unexpectedly delightful destinations. Located where the Germanic, Mediterranean… Continue reading

Four best cross-border day trips in Europe

With close borders and modern trains, it’s easy to make a quick visit to another country.

Discovering the romance of Germany’s Black Forest

Avoid the tourist traps and immerse yourself in the region’s charming countryside.

Welsh revival: Cardiff sheds rust-belt past for glossy future

Just an hour from major English destinations such as Bath and the Cotswolds, spunky Cardiff offers a taste of Welsh flavors that will leave you… Continue reading

All aboard! Making the most of your cruise ship vacation

Last year I spent two weeks on a Mediterranean cruise, filming a one-hour TV show that will present an honest look at the pros and… Continue reading

Celebrate Estonia’s singing revolution

On my last visit to Tallinn, while I was admiring the view from the terrace atop the city walls, a kindly middle-aged man approached. From… Continue reading

What’s new for travelers in France and Switzerland for 2018

You’ll pay more to ride the Eiffel Tower elevator, and Uber may not be your best option.

What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

The nations are improving tourism infrastructures and adding exhibits to well-known sights.

What’s new for 2018 for travelers in Scandinavia

Sweden, Norway and Finland have embarked on many urban, cultural and transit projects.

What’s new for travelers in Italy for 2018

With new sights to see, the country’s as exquisite — and exasperating — as ever.

Porto: Portugal’s ‘second city’ is second to none

The city gives you an excellent taste of life as it’s actually lived by the Portuguese.