Rick Steves

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas

Europe’s youngest and northernmost capital city — feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic… Continue reading

Helsinki highlights: creativity, architecture, saunas
Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Here are some lesser-known Swiss travel treats.

Off the beaten track in Switzerland
Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre

There’s a host of ways to enjoy a classic Italian Riviera experience.

Italy’s Riviera: Beyond the Cinque Terre
Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

Long gone are the days where Irish food was something you ate to survive rather than to savor.

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes
Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites

Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites

The sweeping impact of fascism in the 20th century can be felt to this day in the many monuments and memorials across Europe that remind… Continue reading

Pomp and consequence: Visiting 20th-century fascist sites
Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys

Abbeys continue to inspire thoughtful travelers.

Mellowing out at France’s serene abbeys
Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

The charming town is a fun stop for everyone — not just Bard buffs.

Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford
It’s more than a tour — it’s an education

It’s more than a tour — it’s an education

Group tours in places like Central America will increase your understanding of the world.

It’s more than a tour — it’s an education
Scotland’s most intoxicating places

Scotland’s most intoxicating places

Even teetotalers owe it to themselves to tour a distillery.

Scotland’s most intoxicating places
Sightseeing skills for the ancient world

Sightseeing skills for the ancient world

If you approach ancient wonders thoughtfully, you’ll bring home an appreciation of antiquity.

Sightseeing skills for the ancient world
Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free

Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free

Norway’s prosperous, futuristic capital city is a joy to explore.

Oslo: The stuff is expensive, but the stunning sights are free
Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face

Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face

No matter where you go on this island, you’re surrounded by stunning vistas.

Greek island of Santorini is more than just a pretty face
Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland

Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland

This is the best place to experience Irish culture and the Gaelic language.

Tidy and Tiny: Top towns of coastal Ireland
Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity

Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity

Destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, the Dutch city literally rose from the ashes.

Rotterdam: Europe’s showcase of bold modernity
Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines

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

Once the sun goes down, Venice shines
Britain’s royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown

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.

Britain’s royal residences: Where the queen cools her crown
Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums

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

Scandinavia’s Viking days may be long gone, but its legacy of maritime exploration (and plunder) continues to capture our imagination. Tap into the region’s seafaring… Continue reading

Wrecks, rafts and replicas: Scandinavia’s remarkable maritime museums
Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe

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

Strasbourg: The bicultural crossroads of Europe
Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

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

Lake Geneva: A freshwater Riviera in Switzerland

Europe’s emigration museums: Remembering the long goodbye

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