Statue and church at Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot.
Statue and church at Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot.
Scandinavian arts at Norsk Hostfest in Minot
Scandinavian arts at Norsk Hostfest in Minot
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor
Places to Visit: Honorable Mention - "A Real Beauty," Katherine Plessner, Verona
Places to Visit: Honorable Mention - "A Real Beauty," Katherine Plessner, Verona
The Norsk Hostfest is a Scandinavian festival held annually in Minot North Dakota
The Norsk Hostfest is a Scandinavian festival held annually in Minot North Dakota
Kids attack the Viking warriors at the Norsk Hostfest
Kids attack the Viking warriors at the Norsk Hostfest
Downtown Minot
Downtown Minot
Souris River Brewing in Minot
Souris River Brewing in Minot
Point of View Winery near Minot
Point of View Winery near Minot
The North Dakota State Fair at Minot
The North Dakota State Fair at Minot
Statue and church at Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot.
Scandinavian arts at Norsk Hostfest in Minot
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor
Places to Visit: Honorable Mention - "A Real Beauty," Katherine Plessner, Verona
The Norsk Hostfest is a Scandinavian festival held annually in Minot North Dakota
Kids attack the Viking warriors at the Norsk Hostfest
Downtown Minot
Souris River Brewing in Minot
Point of View Winery near Minot
The North Dakota State Fair at Minot

Minot

Best known as the “Magic City,” Minot was founded in 1887 when the Great Northern Railway set up camp for the winter. As if by magic, the tent town grew rapidly into a bustling population of 5,000 in five months. The city continued to grow with the construction of Minot State University (formerly known as the State Normal School) in 1913 and the Minot Air Force Base in the 1950s.

Each July, the largest event in the state, the North Dakota State Fair, draws visitors from around the region. This vibrant city is full of attractions, including Roosevelt Park Zoo, Dakota Territory Air Museum and the Scandinavian Heritage Park, which honors the five Scandinavian countries. It includes a full-size replica of the Gol Stave Church. 

Minot has a 65-piece symphony orchestra making it one of the smallest cities with a symphonic ensemble in the country.  Norsk Høstfest, which translates to “Norwegian fall festival,” occurs annually and draws international travelers from around the world, including some trolls and Vikings. The largest Scandinavian festival in North America features traditional cuisine and top-notch entertainment.

Half of the fun while traveling is eating your way through the city's cuisine. Local favorites blend with flavors from around the globe, including bakeries, pubs, fine dining and family style restaurants. For the best of both worlds, visit Minot and experience this small-town atmosphere with big-city style.

Other things to see and do in Minot
Roosevelt Park Zoo
Dakota Territory Air Museum
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Taube Museum
62 Doors Gallery and Studios
 

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

Special events in Minot
North Dakota State Fair
Norsk Høstfest
Y's Men's PRCA Rodeo
Minot Symphony Orchestra
The Big One Arts and Craft Shows
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