News Release: Let North Dakota ‘microcations’ turn weekends into adventures

A recent U.S. Travel Association study found that Americans left 768 million vacation days unused. You’ve earned the time, so use it for the physical and emotional benefits that travel brings. “Microcations” may be the answer for a quick vacation to recharge and reconnect.

Microcations, trips ranging three to five days, are on the rise in travel and now is the perfect time to take advantage of the trend right here in North Dakota.

These trips allow more time for exploration and recreation and spending quality time with family or friends. Find a place to stay in a nearby city or region of North Dakota and spend a few days experiencing the local nightlife, dining, recreation and entertainment.

Here are a few options:

Grand Forks

Start your trip off at the North Dakota Museum of Art featuring inspirational pieces, including an eight-foot giraffe head as part of the new exhibition of works by Barton Benes. Take a tour of Ralph Engelstad Arena, deemed one of the finest facilities in the country and home of the UND Fighting Hawks hockey team. Downtown has a college-town vibe with small eateries and brew houses offering local creations. Ely’s Ivy and Sky’s fit the bill for fine dining, while Rhombus Guys serves up unique craft brews and pizza. Top off the evening with friends at Half Brothers Brewing Company. 


A visit to the Magic City must include a stop at Roosevelt Park Zoo and Scandinavian Heritage Park. Watch many of the 89 species frolic in the snow or within their indoor winter homes. Snow on a Stave Church, stabbur or Dala Horse is nothing new to Scandinavia or the park honoring the area’s Scandinavian heritage and icons. Find the key to get out of a live-action adventure game at Escape Point then head over to The Putt District for some indoor mini golf. Cap off the day with a cup of coffee at Broadway Bean and Bagel or grab a drink at Atypical Brewery and Barrelworks or Souris River Brewing.

Watford City

Explore the Badlands that inspired Theodore Roosevelt to become president with a visit to the north unit of the national park named in his honor. Hardy species like bison, deer, bighorn sheep and elk traverse the park year-round. Back in the charming downtown, stop at Door 204 for creative food and handcrafted drinks then find something fun at Rhianna’s Boutique. Try the hand-cut steaks at Outlaws Bar and Grill then end the night with a movie at Six Shooters Showhall and a drink at Stonehome Brewing.

Start making plans and find more ideas to inspire your microcation here.