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Five Festivals + Waterfalls You Need To Check Out This Summer

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! So far we’ve featured A-C and D-E.

#4 Top Five Festivals to Plan a Getaway Around: MN Renaissance Fest

Renaissance Fest

Minnesota Renaissance Festival, August 18-September 30 (weekends only)

Shakopee, MN

A Minnesota summer staple, the Renaissance festival brings in roughly 320,000 people per year. That number is massive given that the festival is only open on the weekends in late summer. Never the less, you can feast like royalty while knights joust as you take in this spectacle of a festival.

#6 Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry Falls

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 282 miles

Why Should You Visit?

Minnesota's North Shore is one the most scenic and peaceful areas in the entire state. Those two qualities are married together to create Gooseberry Falls, one of Minnesota's must-sees. The state park has five waterfalls along the Gooseberry River, which eventually empties into Lake Superior.

There is no shortage of things to do while at Gooseberry. There are several areas to camp with one even requiring you to kayak down the river. Hiking and mountain biking are also very much encouraged with 20 miles of hiking trails and nearly 11 miles for mountain biking. If you love to fish, you can do so right along the shores of the river. However, you will need a Minnesota fishing license and a trout stamp.

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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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