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How Travel Guidebooks Are Working Against You

Doug Lansky | Posted 11.18.2014 | Travel
Doug Lansky

The travel tips you read in popular books and magazines are often more a like a tip sheet for which places will soon be overrun and ruined.

Rick Steves Books a New Kind of Tour: One to End Marijuana Prohibition in Oregon

Jill Harris | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Jill Harris

Guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves has travelled the world for three decades with an appetite for more than just new foods and cultures. He's also had a keen interest in understanding how different countries address similar problems.

Rick Steves Hitting The Road In Support Of Oregon Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Travel guru and longtime marijuana legalization advocate is taking a break from his European excursions to lend his support to Measure 91, the campaig...

Rick Toasts Kid Travelers

Rick Steves | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

We took our kids out of school every May for many years, and I always considered it good parenting, great education, and a bonus for the adult tour ...

Cinque Terre Lemon Festival--Anything But Sour

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The Cinque Terre towns love their festivals, and we hit Monterosso during its lemon festival. The town was decked out in lemons and rather than sour, ...

Looking Good for the AARP

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Occasionally a publication wants to run an article about my work and they need a photo of me. While I always offer them fine shots from our press depa...

Cinque Terre: A Burst of Riviera Magic

Rick Steves | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

On our Rick Steves Best of Europe in 21 Days tour, the meat of the itinerary is the middle week when we visit Venice, Florence, and Rome in rapid succ...

Guide Work in Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

With more than 600 Rick Steves tours a year, we have guides working all over Europe all the time. It's an amazing pool of talent, passion, and trave...

The Gondola Experience

Rick Steves | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Another Venice cliché, which I absolutely love, is the gondola ride. Sure, it's expensive (about $160 for a 50-minute ride). But the cost (and romanc...

Why Rick Steves Is Wrong About Wiesbaden, Mainz and Rudesheim

Susan Kraus | Posted 08.02.2014 | Travel
Susan Kraus

I was smack in the middle of wrapping up loose ends with work, deciding on what to pack and squeezing in a few last-minute doctor appointments when it...

Making Venice Magic

Rick Steves | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

My Best of Europe in 21 Days tour has left Austria and crossed through the Alps to Italy. Our first stop: Venice. During some of my free time, I'm tak...

Armin's Vision for Ehrenberg

Rick Steves | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When I first hiked up to the Ehrenberg Castle ruins, it was overgrown with trees and entirely desolate. Today, it's more welcoming for adventurous tra...

"Mad" King Ludwig's Castle

Rick Steves | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Tour guides love to refer to Bavaria's Ludwig II as "Mad" King Ludwig for building his three extravagant castles in the foothills of the Alps, here in...

Fine-Tuning Our Tour Program

Rick Steves | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm dedicating three weeks this month to fully experiencing our flagship tour itinerary -- The Best of Europe in 21 Days -- just as our tour members d...

Inside a Dutch Windmill

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Climbing into a working windmill when the wind is strong, I feel the wonder and excitement industrious people must have felt a thousand years ago when...

Walking on Water at Keukenhof

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The flower festival at Keukenhof (a treat for any visitor to the Netherlands in May) comes with fun diversions...like this chance to walk on water. ...

Tour Time

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

For 25 years, I led our tour groups. For the past decade, rather than lead our tours, I actually take them. Each year I sign up (with a pseudonym) for...

Wetlands Safari -- Canoeing in Holland

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

An amazing thing about Amsterdam is that, in 10 minutes (by bike or public bus), you can be in the wide-open polder land -- the vast fields reclaimed ...

Bike Band in Haarlem

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The TV crew has flown home with two great new shows in the can, and I'm in the Netherlands. How do I know? Where else would you find a "marching band"...

Post-Flood Cinque Terre

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Two and a half years ago, horrific flash floods buried two of the five Cinque Terre towns in mud. My favorite town, Vernazza, was left uninhabitable f...

A Tomb with a View

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

From Vernazza's cemetery, the dearly departed enjoy the best views in town. ...

Meeting Up with Andy Steves

Rick Steves | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

My son, Andy Steves, runs his own tour company. His mission: to help American students in foreign study programs enjoy smart, experiential, and inexpe...

Filming in the Cinque Terre

Rick Steves | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

We're having a great time filming our new public television show on the Cinque Terre, Italy's perfect little traffic-free stretch of Riviera. Here are...

Coming Soon to a TV Station near You -- Italian Travel Thrills and More

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

This spring and summer, we're filming six new public television programs to wrap up our new season: Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Ve...

Pondering History in Ravenna's Church of San Vitale

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

As a tour guide, I strive to get into the mindset of the people for whom art was created. Ravenna's mosaic-slathered Church of San Vitale dates from a...