On a road trip across the United States over the summer, my mom, my brother, and I made a pit stop in Fargo, North Dakota on the way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. My mom and I refused to pass through this city without stopping, but I have to admit that’s because of the film Fargo. We wanted to see what the city was like, and if locals really say “you betcha” and “aw jeez” as often as the characters do in the Coen Brothers’ film. So without further ado, here are a few things we did during our short trip to Fargo, North Dakota.
#1 thing to do in Fargo, North Dakota on TripAdvisor
We decided to trust the reviewers of TripAdvisor with the top thing to do in Fargo – go to the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center. Fargo and Moorhead both sit right along the North Dakota-Minnesota border, so the visitors center features information brochures for the two cities and surrounding area. The center is located inside a grain elevator, a tall building that used to store grain.
I have to admit it’s a top-notch visitor center, and it’s especially great for fans of Fargo. Inside, the woodchipper used in the film looms in the front left corner of the building. Chances are you’ll see several tourists getting their photo taken next to it. But there’s also a fun photo op out front with a replica woodchipper. Outside of the visitor center, you can also explore the Fargo Celebrity Walk of Fame, featuring a wide range of celebrities’ handprints. Additionally, there is a painted buffalo out front, which is one of 20 throughout the city of Fargo.
Eat at Doolittles Woodfire Grill
There are a variety of restaurants in Fagro, North Dakota’s largest city. We had lunch at Doolittles Woodfire Grill, a recommendation from a family member. The restaurant is cozy and has an expansive menu, including several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, in addition to a great beer, wine, and cocktail selection. They are most known for their woodfired rotisserie cooking. Doolittles Woodfire Grill also boasts an outdoor patio and firepit to add to the cozy ambiance.
Taste craft beer at Drekker Brewing Company
In the Fargo-Moorhead area, there are seven craft breweries. Located right in the heart of downtown, Drekker Brewing Company has a brewery and taproom. The brewery makes a variety of different beers, so ordering a flight is the perfect way to get a taste for their brews. It’s a fun spot to hang out with games like giant Jenga and cornhole, and local artwork is hung around the taproom. On top of that, the brewery will certainly get you in the Viking spirit. Skål!
Drekker Brewing Company even offers free tours every Saturday at noon, which also includes a tasting session of four beers. If you go on the tour, they kindly ask if you’d give a donation to their charity of the month. Additionally, there is live acoustic music every Friday and Saturday.
See the colorful train car mural
Downtown Fargo has a few colorful photo op’s showcasing the local art scene. Located at the Northern Pacific Depot, a beautifully painted train car is donned with the message “Greetings from Fargo” and a bright-colored bison, so you can photograph your own postcard! The vibrant mural is a wonderful piece to the thriving local art scene.
Wander down Art Alley
On 1st Avenue North between 4th and 5th Street, Art Alley is a lovely place to wander around to take in the murals by local artists. It’s a super fun alley to photograph and is constantly changing. And this has to be the most vibrant part of Fargo’s downtown.
If you’ll be driving through Fargo, North Dakota, I highly recommend stopping to explore this city. If we had more time, I definitely would have wanted to explore more of the food, craft beer, and art scenes. Have you been to Fargo?