Fall for North Dakota
Fall is in the air, and there are numerous ways to enjoy the season in North Dakota. Fill your cultural cup with local art, get in on the street food movement or sneak away for a few nights with your special someone. Whatever your mood – adventurous or laid back - this is the perfect time to Fall for North Dakota.
Fall for Art
Stroll the streets of Fargo with the locals and pay a visit to the Plains Art Museum as you discover the works of local artisans during the FM Studio Crawl. Take a scenic fall drive and enjoy the Nelson County Barn Quilt Trail, created by quilters from across the region. Discover the Grand Forks art scene by taking in a Wine Walk and sampling the fine wine and works by local artists then end your day with a stop at the Empire Arts Center or North Dakota Museum of Art.
Fall for Food
Explore downtown Fargo’s eats, from the wood-fired pizza at Blackbird Woodfire to Asian themed pastries at Bun Appetit. Get a flavor for mobile street food at Bismarck’s first-ever Food Truck Festival in Sertoma Park. Check out Minot’s Sweet and Flour Patisserie, where they serve up pumpkin spice and maple bacon donuts in their French inspired bakery. Or head out west to taste locally raised bison and poultry at Stix and Twigs in Dickinson.
Fall for Camping
Get cozy and camp at one of many state parks in North Dakota. Lake Sakakawea State Park and Fort Stevenson State Park offer picturesque views of the fall colors along Lake Sakakawea, and cabins are generally available throughout the fall. See what it’s like to spend the night in a yurt along the Missouri River at Cross Ranch State Park. After a cool, brisk day of fishing on Devils Lake, unwind in a camper, tent or cabin at Grahams Island State Park.
Fall in Love
Rekindle the romance and book a stay at the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo. From there, walk to dinner at local favorite Mezzaluna and finish your evening with a nightcap at the intimate D’Vine wine bar. Lose track of time during a rustic – yet refined – getaway to Coteau Prairies Lodge in Havana. Retreat to the Eagle Ridge Lodge outside Medora to glimpse spectacular views of the fall foliage in the Badlands, and then head to town for a massage at Cedar Canyon Spa and dinner and drinks at Theodore’s Dining Room,
Fall for the Supernatural
Ghosts and goblins pop up across the state every October, and there are several haunted hideaways to get your spook on. Take the terrifying Acres of Terror tour in Leonard where an abandoned school house serves as a backdrop or dare to explore Fort Lincoln State Park that converts from a historical landmark to a nightmarish haunted fortification. Too scary? For a lighter mood, enjoy the Halloween Parade in Cavalier where children of all ages dress up and trick or treat around downtown.