North Dakota's largest urban enclave perches on the banks of the Red River of the North, just across from its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota. This practical prairie community prizes grit, resourcefulness, and a DIY spirit. But there's a whimsical side hiding under that stoic surface. This is a place where you can ride an indoor Ferris wheel at Scheels, take photos with macabre movie props, color on the walls in the Art Alley, and do yoga in the snow at Frostival. Join a thunderous crowd cheering for NDSU (one of the winningest college football programs in the country). Kick back with beer, crafts, and pinball at Brewhalla. View contemporary works in a sunny former tractor showroom turned Plains Art Museum, and visit the Hjemkomst Center to see a dream transformed into a ship that sailed the Atlantic. Family-owned restaurants, unusual shops, an eclectic art scene, and a calendar full of festivals showcase flavors and traditions from around the world and deepen the diversity of a place that's been a cultural crossroads for centuries. Locally grown ingredients pop up on menus, in markets, and flavor the craft beers, wine, spirits, and ciders served all over town. 100 Things to Do in Fargo Before You Die shows you the city through a local's eyes. Travel writer and Fargo resident Alicia Underlee Nelson turns her attention to her home city, sharing insider tips, locals-only spots, and detailed itineraries tailored by season and by traveler type.
Alicia Underlee Nelson has written for Thomson Reuters, Food Network, Delta Sky Magazine, AAA Living, Midwest Living, Rent.com, trivago Magazine, Matador Network, and craftbeer.com. Her photos have appeared in these outlets, as well as in USA Today, North Dakota Tourism, and Explore Minnesota materials. Alicia is the author of North Dakota Beer: A Heady History, the creator of prairestylefile.com, a KFGO AM contributor, and co-author of Midwest Road Trip Adventures and Midwest State Park Adventures.