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Introduction

Fargo is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. Its population is a little over 100,000. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as adjacent West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has over 200,000 inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

  • FargoDome, 1800 N University Dr, ☎ +1 701 241-9100. Offers athletic events (most notably North Dakota State football games), broadway shows, music concerts. During some concerts 1/4 of the population fits inside the Fargodome. Fargodome on Wikipedia Fargodome (Q5435127) on Wikidata edit

Roger Maris Museum, 3902 13th Ave (West Acres Shopping Center (at I-29)). Open year-round. Admission is free.

  • Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, ☎ +1 701 239-8385. The Fargo Theater show mostly independent films, on actual film, not digital. Inside the theatre there is a statue of Marge Olmstead Gunderson, of the movie Fargo carved out of wood, also inside on the stage is a functional Wurlitzer pipe organ that is occasionally used to score silent films.
  • North Dakota State University. North Dakota State Bison. The university's sports teams, competing in eight men's and eight women's sports, mostly in the Summit League. The most prominent program by far is the football team, a major power at the Division I FCS (second) level, including five consecutive national championships from 2011–2015 and another in 2017; it plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Most Bison teams play on campus, but football plays at (and frequently sells out) the Fargodome.
  • Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave, ☎ +1 701 232-3821.
  • Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave N, ☎ +1 701-293-8043. Open year round.
  • Children's Museum, 1201 28th Ave (Yunker Farm).
  • Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (Newman Outdoor Field, NDSU campus). Minor league baseball. While you are there, check out the Maury Wills Museum.
  • Horse Racing, 5180 19th Ave N (North Dakota Horse Park), ☎ +1 701 277-8027. Season is from early August to mid-September.
  • Red River Zoo, 4220 21st Ave SW, ☎ +1 701 277-9240. Open daily May to October, weekends only rest of year. Has red pandas.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Weather

Because of its location in the Great Plains and its distance from both mountains and oceans, Fargo has a humid continental climate. The city features long, cold, windy, and snowy winters, with lows falling below -18 °C 48 nights per year, and sometimes falling to -29 °C. Snowfall averages 117 cm per season. Spring and autumn are short and highly variable seasons. Summers are warm with frequent thunderstorms, and highs reach 32 °C on an average of 13.6 days each year. Annual precipitation of 538 mm is concentrated in the warmer months.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-9.2 °C-6.1 °C1.4 °C12.1 °C20.3 °C25.2 °C28.6 °C27.4 °C20.8 °C13.7 °C2.7 °C-6.6 °C
Avg Min-19.8 °C-16.3 °C-8.2 °C0.1 °C6.6 °C12 °C14.9 °C13.6 °C7.7 °C1.4 °C-7 °C-16.1 °C
Rainfall17 mm11.4 mm26.9 mm46.2 mm62.2 mm71.6 mm68.6 mm61.7 mm50.5 mm42.7 mm18.5 mm16.5 mm
Rain Days4.134.86.27.37.776.564.93.64.1

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Getting There

By Plane

Hector International Airport (FAR) near Fargo has flights to/from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orlando, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Salt Lake City and Denver.

By Train

The Empire Builder, operated by Amtrak, travels between Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington, stopping en route in Fargo.

By Car

Fargo is located at the intersection of Interstate Highways 29 and 94. It's about 230 miles northwest of the Twin Cities on I-94, about a three-hour and twenty minute drive.

By Bus

Check Greyhound buses for options.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Eat

  • Babb's Seattle Coffee House. A fantastic independent coffee shop located across the street from the Fargo Theater downtown. Credit cards are accepted for a $0.25 surcharge.
  • Grand Junction. East Coast Style Subs serves hot subs grilled fresh right in front of you. A local favorite. Try the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich, very delicious.
  • Boppa's Bagels, 3051 25th St S # O, ☎ +1 701 241-7800. Boppa's Bagels makes wonderful bagels, of note are their speciality bagels, that are also available at some coffee shops around the city.
  • Passage to India, 855 45th St, ☎ +1 701-281-0277. An excellent Indian buffet place. A flavourful and delightful selection from soup to dessert is available.
  • Santa Lucia. Offers excellent Greek and Italian food.
  • The HoDo Restaurant (Hotel Donaldson). An elegant but unpretentious restaurant.
  • Maxwells Restaurant & Bar. Unprepossessing exterior, but fine dining inside.

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Drink

  • The Bismark, 6th Ave. and Broadway. The PBR is always cold, all the whiskey drinks are doubles, and pull tabs litter the dirty floor that is inexplicably emblazoned with the New York Yankees logo. This downtown Fargo watering hole is Fargo's best dive bar. Black jack tables, off-sale liquor, and pinball are available.
  • Dempsey's Public House, 226 Broadway. Fargo's only traditional Irish pub. Upstairs of Dempsey's is The Aquarium, a live music venue featuring bands of every musical style.
  • HoDo. The Hotel Donaldson bar featuring pub food and tapas-style dishes as well as beers and ales on tap.

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Sleep

  • Airport/Dome Days Inn, ☎ +1 701 232-0000, toll-free: +1-800-329-7466.
  • Chez Susanne, ☎ +1 701 293-9023, toll-free: +1-866-787-2663.
  • C'Mon Inn, ☎ +1 701 277-9944, toll-free: +1-800-334-1570.
  • Flying J Inn, ☎ +1 701 282-8473, toll-free: +1-800-845-1311.
  • Lindenwood Park Campground, ☎ +1 701 232-3987.
  • Motel 75, ☎ +1 701 232-1321, toll-free: +1-800-828-5962.
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Fargo, 12th Ave, ☎ +1 701 281-2109.
  • AmericInn Lodge and Suites, ☎ +1 701 234-9946.
  • Best Western Doublewood Inn, ☎ +1 701 235-3333, toll-free: +1-800-433-3235.
  • Best Western Kelly Inn, ☎ +1 701 282-2146, toll-free: +1-800-635-3559.
  • Candlewood Suites Fargo-N. Dakota State Univ, 1831 NDSU Research Park Dr N, ☎ +1 701-235-8200, toll-free: +1-888-226-3539.
  • Comfort Inn East, ☎ +1 701 280-9666, toll-free: +1-800-228-5150.
  • Comfort Inn West, ☎ +1 701 282-9596, toll-free: +1-800-228-5150.
  • Comfort Suites, ☎ +1 701 237-5911.
  • Country Inn & Suites, ☎ +1 701 234-0565.
  • Econo Lodge, ☎ +1 701 232-3412, toll-free: +1-800-553-2666.
  • Expressway Inn, ☎ +1 701 235-3141, toll-free: +1-800-437-0044.
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott, ☎ +1 701 281-0494, toll-free: +1-800-228-2800.
  • Hampton Inn, ☎ +1 701 235-5566.
  • Holiday Inn Express, ☎ +1 701 282-2000.
  • Holiday Inn, ☎ +1 701 282-2700, toll-free: +1-877-282-2700.
  • Howard Johnson Inn Downtown, ☎ +1 701 232-8850, toll-free: +1-888-232-8850.
  • Kelly Inn, ☎ +1 701 277-8821, toll-free: +1-800-635-3559.
  • MainStay Suites, ☎ +1 701 277-4627.
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, ☎ +1 701 281-2109, toll-free: +1-888-771-7171.
  • Motel 6, ☎ +1 701 232-9251, toll-free: +1-800-466-8356.
  • Red River Lodge, ☎ +1 701 282-9100, toll-free: +1-800-843-7663.
  • Rheault Farm, ☎ +1 701 241-1350.
  • Rodeway Inn, ☎ +1 701 239-8022.
  • Scandia Hotel, ☎ +1 701 232-2661, toll-free: +1-800-223-2913.
  • Select Inn, ☎ +1 701 282-6300, toll-free: +1-800-641-1000.
  • Sleep Inn, ☎ +1 701 281-8240, toll-free: +1-800-905-7533.
  • Super 8 Motel & Suites, ☎ +1 701 232-9202.
  • Wingate Inn, ☎ +1 701 281-9133, toll-free: +1-800-228-1000.
  • Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway, ☎ +1 701-478-1000. A beautiful experience. The Donaldson has only 17 rooms, each featuring original works by a Plains artist. It was immaculately renovated in 2003. Room decor is modern. Amenities include flat screen cable TV, rooftop spa and high speed internet access. Outstanding personal service includes complimentary gourmet breakfast bar in the morning and wine and cheese bar in the early evening.
  • La Maison des Papillons B&B, ☎ +1 701 232-2041, toll-free: +1-888-273-3380.
  • Radisson Hotel Fargo, ☎ +1 701 232-7363, toll-free: +1-800-333-3333.
  • Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center, ☎ +1 701 277-9000.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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