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Often, when trips are planned for North Dakota, the first item that comes to mind is nature and its surroundings. One of it’s most famous sites is the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which embodies all things outdoors. What is often overlooked is the diversity of North Dakota, especially when experiencing the cities.
Food, Drink and Entertainment:
Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and is also the hub for great culinary and entertainment options. One of the best options in town, that best represents cuisine from this territory is The Pirogue Grille at 121 N 4th Street Bismarck ND, 701-223-3770. Their food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients, and the menu changes seasonally, offering a mix of new and signature dishes. Just about everything is made from scratch from their stocks, sauces, breads, desserts, and ice creams. A great culinary experience is not complete without local lamb, beef, and bison, which they do best.North Dakota also has it’s share of Breweries. Bismarck has one of the best in Laughing Sun Brewing Company 107 N 5th St, Bismarck, North Dakota 58501, (701) 751.3881. The Brewhouse and Pub is an excellent destination for a night out amongst locals, tourists, and beer enthusiasts. There is also local live music every Wednesday and Saturday for great entertainment.
Fargo will forever be engrained in most people’s heads as the type of town depicted in the movie by the same name. It was a great movie for sure, but it doesn’t represent the range that Fargo has as a city. This is best represented by the city’s art scene.
To experience this burgeoning movement, visit the Ecce Art Gallery 216 N Broadway, Fargo, ND, USA, +1 701 298 3223. Located in a modern and clean space, the art draws its attention toward contemporary artists from the Midwest, which include artists such as photographer Meghan Duda and mix media visual artist Amber Fletschock.
Also, not to be missed is the Plains Art Museum 704 First Avenue, North Fargo, North Dakota 58102, Phone: 701.551.6100, which is one of the most respected non-profit museums in the country. The permanent collection’s emphasis is on modern American Art with artists that include James Rosenquist who was a native of North Dakota and was one of the more popular artists during America’s pop art movement.
For a bit of fun, a visit to the Fargo Theatre is a must, 314 Broadway, Fargo, North Dakota 58102, (701) 239-8385. Built in 1926 and restored in 1999, it’s one of the best representations of art deco style. Catch a film while you’re at it and make a night out of it.
Wine and Shopping:
Few combinations are more fun than that of shopping and a little wine. One may not think of North Dakota as a destination for these two categories, but in fact some of the best can be found in its cities. The one that stands out in my book is Grand Forks. Skip the big malls, instead opt for a more unique experience and head to Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The streets are filled with small shops, boutiques, and galleries.
End your day with a glass of wine at HELIX Wine & Bites 110 N 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-757-1444. The intimate wine bar provides a quaint atmosphere and delicious small plate delicacies while allowing guests to sample wines from their pour-it-yourself taps.
If simply having a glass is not enough to whet your appetite for wine, not to be overlooked are the beautiful vineyards that exists all over the state. Tours and tastings are available and a great way to spend the day. The Southeast region of the State has two of the better-known vintners in Red Trail Vineyard and 4E Winery.
So, the next time you are putting together your itinerary for visiting the state of North Dakota, take a break from the great outdoors and spend some time in the cities and enjoy the diversity they offer.