Rick Steves, USA TODAY

Rick Steves


Edmonds, WA, United States

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Past articles by Rick:

Rick Steves: Switzerland's Matterhorn is worth the hype and here's when you should go

After seeing Switzerland's famed Matterhorn, Rick Steves says he finally understands why tourists trek to Zermatt. But when's the best time to go? → Read More

Europe's most beloved pilgrimage sites: Camino de Santiago, Assisi, Wittenberg and beyond

With pilgrimages, the point is to go beyond tourism and connect more deeply with a place, a culture or a faith. Rick Steves shares several favorites. → Read More

Going to Ireland in 2020? Here's what you need to know before you go

Ireland is an isle filled with cultural and historic wonders … and lately with lots of tourists, too, prompting many sites to require reservations. → Read More

Going to Italy this year? Here's what you need to know, like which tours to book early

These days, enjoying Italy requires some advance planning so you don't end up spending half your trip waiting in lines. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

Traveling to the UK post-Brexit? Here's what you need to know before you go

While many travelers are understandably curious about how Brexit is affecting tourists, it isn't – at least not yet. It is a little cheaper, though. → Read More

Notre Dame isn't France's only must-see Gothic cathedral. Here are four more to check out

It will be some time before visitors can once again experience Pairs' Notre Dame; however, France has plenty of other spectacular Gothic cathedrals. → Read More

Booming Belfast: See how Northern Irish capital went from Titanic to Troubles to 'Thrones'

There's much more to the booming Northern Irish capital than the Titanic and the Troubles. See why you should consider a day trip from Dublin. → Read More

What’s new in Northern Italy for 2020

Nighttime's the right time -- and reservations are smart any time -- when it comes to seeing the great sights in Northern Italy. With all the crowds heading for the same few attractions, popular sights and destinations are packed, and ticket lines are long. → Read More

Europe's rail passes are affordable again — and much less confusing

Europe's rail passes underwent some sweeping changes this year that have made them an affordable option again, and much less confusing to shop for. → Read More

Explore port wine in Portugal's Douro Valley

An endearing slice of Portugal is the Douro River Valley, the winding, terraced region that produces the country's beloved port wine. This is Portugal's answer → Read More

European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein

From France's Versailles to Portugal's Pena Palace, the best royal retreats provide insight into the dynamic, often quirky monarchs who built them. → Read More

Rick Steves: Slovakia’s capital is the fastest-changing city in Europe (in a good way)

Bratislava's compact old town bursts with colorfully restored facades, lively outdoor cafés and swanky boutiques. → Read More

Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites

Iceland was steamy long before Jon Snow and Ygritte found their love cave in "Game of Thrones." Rick Steves takes you on a tour of geothermal sites. → Read More

Tapas 101: Rick Steves' guide to eating adventurously, authentically and affordably in Spain

Opt for tapas in Spain and you'll be rewarded with bite-size punches of flavor, a reasonable bill, and the unrelenting energy of the locals. → Read More

Rick Steves' guide to driving in Europe: Conquer your fear of the roundabout

Public transportation in Europe is great but sometimes, a rental car is the best – and, sometimes, only – way to get off the beaten path. → Read More

Rick Steves: The best foods to try in Belgium

Hungry? Belgium is ready for you with its famous fries, waffles and mussels – and, of course, beer. → Read More

Rick Steves: Edgy, artsy Glasgow is Scotland's most underrated destination

Glasgow offers an energetic dining and nightlife scene, fanciful architecture and top-notch museums – most of which are free. → Read More

Rick Steves: Explore historic Évora, Portugal, from Roman ruins to a chapel of bones

Évora has impressive sights — Roman ruins, a 12th-century cathedral and a macabre chapel of bones — coupled with a laid-back local scene. → Read More

Rick Steves: 7 European souvenir ideas that won’t load down your luggage

Shopping in Europe can be fun, but don't let it overwhelm your trip. Here are a few ideas for lightweight, packable souvenirs. → Read More

Rick Steves: What's new in Germany and the Netherlands for 2019

Germany is busy renovating sights and transportation, beefing up security and updating ticketing procedures for attractions like the Pergamon Altar. → Read More