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Fargo Trip Guide

This city on North Dakota’s eastern border beckons with sophisticated food, cool shops and classy accommodations. Check out our trip guide for ideas on what to do, where to eat and where to stay.

Do

Bonanzaville USA Explore 40 buildings (such as a log cabin, blacksmith shop, general store and saloon) that re-create life when “bonanza” farms—huge acreages, most of which grew wheat— ruled the prairies in the late 1800s. bonanzaville.org

Downtown Fargo Street Fair Downtown buzzes July 13–15, 2017, with 250 booths of goods handmade by artists from across the country. Billed as North Dakota’s largest free outdoor event, it also has plenty of fair-style food. downtownfargo.com

Fargo Air Museum Volunteer guides explain the history of the airplanes on display, from a replica of the Wright Brothers’ Flyer to an unmanned drone with a 100-foot wingspan. During special events, take a flight on one of its planes. fargoairmuseum.org

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center Grab a fur-lined bomber hat and pose with the wood chipper from the Coen brother’s cult-classic film Fargo at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center. No bungled kidnapping required. fargomoorhead.org

Fargo Theatre The marquee of this restored 1926 Art Deco spot announces its independent films, concerts and other live events. Come early on Saturdays to hear the Wurlitzer organ. fargotheatre.org

Fargo Theatre

Fargo Theatre

Hjemkomst Center In neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota, a full-scale replica of a Viking ship stands as the centerpiece of this museum. Other highlights include the re-creation of an ancient stave church and displays about the region’s history and culture. hcscconline.org

Plains Art Museum Sun shines past wooden beams in this former International Harvester building, now home to a collection of 4,000 pieces, including contemporary Native American art. plainsart.org

Unglued The indie emporium stocks hand-made goods—think: a brick-and-mortar Etsy—from 200 local and regional artists. Shoppers find beans from Minneapolis’ Peace Coffee and lavender-ginger-honey cupcakes from Bakeology. ungluedmarket.com

Zandbroz Variety Coffee-table books and titles by local and regional authors fill shelves in this independent bookshop, which branches out to include jewelry, tableware and gifts. zandbroz.com

Eat

Blackbird Woodfire Soft, chewy crusts made with North Dakota flour support premium toppings on wood-fired pizzas. blackbirdwoodfire.com

Cafe Aladdin The laid-back Mediterranean restaurant carries speciality grocery items at its three Fargo locations. We recommend the savory sampler of spanakopita, falafel, baba ghanoush, hummus and stuffed grape leaves. cafealaddinfargo.com

Drekker Brewing Company Bold brews such as the Pillager Porter, a dark beer with hints of chocolate and coffee, please "the Viking in all of us," as the menu promises. But these Norsemen are anything but greedy: The owners donate a portion of their proceeds to nonprofits. drekkerbrewing.com

Drekker Brewing Company

Drekker Brewing Company

Luna Fargo Don't be put off by the strip mall setting. Creative fare on the frequently changing menu might include duck breast with bok choy and wild blueberries. Purple Rain ice cream? Don't ask—just eat. lunafargo.com

Mezzaluna Fine dining spotlights miso-glazed salmon and bison meat loaf. Staffers at the U-shape marble bar shake up high-end cocktails. dinemezzaluna.com

Stay

Hotel Donaldson Regional artwork adorns the 17 stylish rooms in this 1894 brick hotel. Its Sky Prairie Lounge and HoDo Lounge serve cocktails and tapas, while the HoDo Restaurant leans on local and organic ingredients for fare such as ribeye or squash pasta. hoteldonaldson.com

Sky Prairie Lounge

Sky Prairie Lounge

More information: fargomoorhead.org

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