Grand Forks: Hockey Town USA

Grand Forks North Dakota is known as one the America’s great hockey towns. In fact, the website SmartAsset.com has again named the city the top hockey town in the nation. A weekend trip to this hockey crazed town makes a great getaway. The University of North Dakota has a long tradition of putting great teams on the ice and has the championship banners to show for it. The newly dubbed Fighting Hawks are currently ranked second in the nation and have been ranked as high as No. 1. Ralph Englestad Arena is full of conference and national recognition banners, trophy cases and memorabilia making it feel as much museum as arena. On any given night, more than 11,000 fans pack the Ralph. Add great food, full-service bars, entertainment and general student fanfare and you don't need to be a hockey fan to have a great time. While in Grand Forks, stop at Canad Inn's Tavern United for postgame fun and food. Saturday and Sunday mornings are hopping at Tim Horton's directly across the street from the hotel.