City Experiences

North Dakota has an array of things to see and do and a large variety of unique downtown dining

What exactly is a city experience? Ask 50 people and you will get 50 answers. A city experience might be an afternoon window shopping unique stores in a large downtown. It might be a nice dinner followed by a concert at the arena of a traveling Broadway play or local production at the theater. Or maybe it's a college football, basketball or hockey game. North Dakota has an array of things to see and do and a large variety of unique downtown dining and entertainment offerings.

Consider these options when planning your next weekend in the city.

Fargo-West Fargo

North-dakoota-downtown-fargo-JL.jpgFargo. The name itself stirs up a number of images: the Old West, the movie, one half of a major stage coach line in the 1800s. Well, this isn’t the 1800s and Fargo is more than just a lot of tired old clichés. The Fargo of today is a vibrant downtown of unique lodging, eating establishments and entertainment venues. It’s the largest city in North Dakota and the home of a two-time Football Championship Subdivision national champion in North Dakota State University. The metro area has several colleges and an active arts community. Metropolitan Fargo has much to see and do, so we urge you not to make it a stop on your way to parts unknown. Stop and stay awhile. You’ll be glad you did.

Things to see and do

Plains Art Museum
Take picture with “The Woodchipper”
Fargo Theatre
Yunker Farm
Red River Zoo
RedHawks Baseball
Fargo Force Hockey
NDSU Bison Football

Unique places to dine

Hotel Donaldson
JL Beers
Nicole’s Fine Pastries
Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill

Special events

Big Iron Agricultural Show
Cruisin’ Broadway
Fargo Blues Festival
Fargo Film Festival
Fargo Marathon
Fiber Arts Festival
Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville
Red River Valley Fair


Grand Forks

Urban Stampede

Put all the flood stuff you know about Grand Forks out of your mind. This bustling college town is back and has a knack for making visitors feel young at heart, like the thousands of University of North Dakota students that call it home. Visitors don’t have to settle for the same old song and dance here. Live local music, a relaxing greenway along the Red River and unique dining in the historic downtown add a buzz to any stay. Don’t miss out on art exhibits and tours, special dining and attractions both downtown and at the university. This is a new city rebuilt from the ashes and water by hard work and great people. Take time to check it out.

Things to see and do

Ralph Engelstad Arena
North Dakota Museum of Art
Grand Forks Air Force Base
Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Empire Arts Center
River Cities Speedway
UND Football
UND Hockey

Splasher’s of the South Seas Water Park

Unique places to dine

Sanders 1907
Toasted Frog
Rhombus Guys
Red Pepper
Kegs Drive-In
Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub

Special events

Blues on the Red
UNDIA Powwow
Art and Wine Walks
Art on the Red
Prime Steel Car Show
Town Square Farmers Market



North-Dakota-State-Capitol-Grounds.jpgFrom the observation deck on the 18th floor of the North Dakota State Capitol, visitors get a bird’s-eye view of just what it is that makes Bismarck a true destination. History stares back from the Fort Abraham Lincoln blockhouses on the bluffs to the west and boats ply the Missouri River, which separates Bismarck and Mandan. Trees cover the Capitol Grounds just as they do the land on either side of the river and buildings downtown bustle with life. Bismarck is a shining light of arts, culture, history and the great outdoors. And it’s just a stone’s throw between eclectic dining and entertainment venues and exciting outdoor things to do.

Things to see and do

North Dakota Capitol and North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum
Lewis and Clark Riverboat
Fort Abraham Lincoln/On-A-Slant Indian Village
Dakota Zoo
Hawktree Golf Club
Buckstop Junction

Unique places to dine

Peacock Alley
Toasted Frog
40 Steak and Seafood
Pirogue Grill
Blarney Stone
The Bistro
Space Aliens

Special events

United Tribes International Powwow
Mandan Rodeo Days and Fourth of July Parade
Capital A’Fair
McQuade Softball Tournament
Bismarck Marathon
Downtowners Street Fair



873.jpgThis is a growing city with new hotels and dining and many activities to keep you occupied both day and night during an extended stay. It’s a college town, a boomtown, a small town and a big town … all at the same time.

Things to see and do
Railroad Museum of Minot
Taube Museum
62 Doors Gallery and Studios
Roosevelt Zoo
Minot Area Council on the Arts

Unique places to dine in Minot
Baan Rao Thai Restaurant
Souris River Brewing
Ebeneezer’s Eatery and Irish Pub
Off the Vine
The Starving Rooster
Minot's Daily Bread

Special events in Minot
North Dakota State Fair
Norsk Høstfest
Y's Men's PRCA Rodeo
Minot Symphony Orchestra