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What Do Alexandria, Breweries And Crazy Horse Have In Common?

Special thanks to North Dakota Tourism, South Dakota Tourism, Explore Minnesota and Tourism Winnipeg for the photos featured within.

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway.

Do you need to get out of Fargo for a few days? If so, there are several places within driving distance of the Fargo-Moorhead area you can go. Whether it is North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or even Canada, there is a place or event for everyone to escape to for a weekend. Jump out of the rat race and journey across state (or country) lines as we profile the best weekend getaway spots from A to Z! Well, what are you waiting for?

Check back later this month to see the rest of the places mentioned in our A to Z Adventure Guide!

#1 Alexandria, MN

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 108 miles

Why visit Alexandria?

It is the perfect place if you are looking for an outdoor excursion. That could mean running or biking the vast amounts of trails that surround Alexandria or taking advantage of the 350 lakes in the area. If you run out of things to do on the lake (which is highly unlikely) you can also enjoy their public beaches. After a long day, sit back and enjoy a meal at one of their many restaurants or a drink at their hometown winery, brewery or distillery.

Walk, Bike or Run the Central Lakes Trail

The most famous landmark in Alexandria is the 28-foot Viking that stands tall in Big Ole Central Park. Big Ole also serves as the trailhead for the Central Lakes Trail, a 55-mile long trail going through three Minnesota counties. If you are in Alexandria at the right time, the Viking also welcomes guests to the Alexandria Farmer's Market.

Enjoy Alexandria's nightlife at Zorbaz or Bugaboo

Located on the Southwest side of Lake Le Homme Dieu are two of Alexandria's biggest nightlife hotspots. Zorbaz, a staple restaurant and bar in Minnesota lakes country is home to a mix of Mexican food and delicious pizzas. Right across the street from Zorbaz is Bugaboo, another lake staple with live music and an atmosphere unlike any other.

Spend an afternoon on the lake

Alexandria and the surrounding area is home to 350 lakes, so there is plenty to choose from. Whether it is Lake Agnes or Lake Victoria, you will be able to rent either a pontoon or jet-skis to use on the lake. If you are not feeling so adventurous, there are plenty of open beaches to occupy as well.

#2 Brewery Tours

5 Breweries to visit on your weekend getaway

Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN
Quite possibly the Mecca of Minnesota breweries, Surly offers a taste for everyone who comes through the door. You can tour their brewery on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Castle Danger Brewing
Two Harbors, MN
An underrated brewery up in the Northeast corner of Minnesota. Castle Danger has some of the most consistently tasty beers in the state. Tour their brewery on Friday or Saturdays. It was also voted the Best Minnesota Brewery by Minneapolis Star Tribune readers.

Laughing Sun Brewing Company
Bismarck, ND
If you are traveling down I-94 en route to somewhere special, make sure you stop by Laughing Sons. Their diverse group of beverages is unmatched in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Fernson Brewing Company
Sioux Falls, SD
Though you can grab a Fernson six-pack at your local liquor store here, nothing beats a freshly tapped brew. If you find yourself traveling on I-29 near Sioux Falls, you better check out their tap list!

Half Pints Brewing Company
Winnipeg, MB
Although they lie North of the border, these Canadians really know their beer. This brewery has built itself into one of the best in the entire country. Be sure to take a tour on Saturdays!

#3 Crazy Horse Memorial

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 530 miles

1948: The year the mountain carving construction began.

Crazy Horse was a warrior of the Oglala Lakota tribe who fought at Battle of the Little Bighorn.

6,532 feet: Height of the monument.

16 years: The time it took to sculpt Crazy Horse's face.

Over 1 million visitors per year which makes it one of the biggest tourist destinations in South Dakota.

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Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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