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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.

Until recently, this homey outpost for hipsters was a best-kept secret of the North, known to most people only for a cult-classic film. Now it’s the second-fastest-growing Midwest city. Walk around, and it’s not hard to see why. 

Do

Bonanzaville USA Explore 43 buildings (such as a general store, log cabin, blacksmith shop and saloon) that simulate 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 in mid-July, 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.  fargoairmuseum.org

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center Grab a fur-lined bomber hat and pose with the wood chipper from the Coen brothers’ cult-classic film Fargofargomoorhead.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 exhibits include a re-creation of an ancient stave church.  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 handmade goods—think a brick-and-mortar Etsy—from 200 local and regional artists.  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 specialty 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 A chalkboard tracks Pint It Forward activity. The program encourages people to buy pints, flights or even growler refills for friends to find on their next visit.  drekkerbrewing.com

Drekker Brewing Company

Drekker Brewing Company

Luna Fargo Creative fare 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

Twenty Below Coffee Company The owners call their shop a "radically inclusive" space. So they invite the whole town to dine with staff on a weekly basis. Potluck lunch on Fridays extends an open invite to anyone who wants to bring some food and eat a meal at a community table. 20below.coffee

Stay

Hotel Donaldson Regional art adorns the 17 stylish rooms in this 1893 brick hotel. The HoDo Restaurant serves smoked bison hanger steak as well as daily vegan creations. Herbs from the rooftop garden flavor some HoDo Lounge cocktails. ​hoteldonaldson.com

Sky Prairie Lounge

Sky Prairie Lounge

More information: fargomoorhead.org

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