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.

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Bonanzaville USA USA Explore 40-plus 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.

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.

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.

Plains Art Museum The sunny former International Harvester building houses a collection of 4,000 pieces, including contemporary Native American art. Admission is free.

Red River Market Every Saturday from mid-July to October, enjoy fresh produce, live music and food trucks along 1st Avenue. Be sure to check out the area's evolving street art scene.

Unglued The indie emporium stocks handmade goods—think a brick-and-mortar Etsy—from 250 local and regional artists.


46 North Pints and Provisions Downtown's newest gastropub dishes a fresh take on fare such as fish and chips, plus a rye flight and cocktails. Try the Hired Man (beer and a shot).

Bernbaum's Nordic flavors—lamb with lingonberries, smoked trout salad—combine with Jewish standbys like matzo ball soup and swoon-inducing bagels at a new Broadway location.

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

Ishtar Mediterranean Cuisine Meals like chicken shawarma, stuffed grape leaves and lentil rice reflect the international flavors that entrepreneurial immigrants are bringing to the city. Ishtar Mediterranean Cuisine's Facebook Page

Luna Fargo Creative fare might include duck breast with bok choy and wild blueberries. Purple Rain ice cream? Don't ask—just eat.

Mezzaluna Fine dining spotlights pan-seared salmon and bison meatloaf. Staffers at the U-shape marble bar shake up high-end cocktails.

Wild Terra Cider and Brewing Sip on-tap ciders and kombucha teas in a former stable converted to a loft-like cidery with reclaimed wood.

Wild Terra Cider and Brewing
Wild Terra Cider and Brewing. Photo courtesy of Wild Terra.


Hotel Donaldson Regional art adorns the 17 rooms in this 1893 brick hotel. The HoDo Restaurant serves smoked bison hanger steak as well as daily vegan creations. ​

Sky Prairie Lounge
Sky Prairie Lounge at Hotel Donaldson.

Element Fargo Stylish rooms, bright public spaces, a 24-hour fitness center and pool offer a welcoming stay.

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