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Have An Adventurous Summer With History, A Park And Jazz

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway. Check out our A to Z adventure guide! Today let’s talk about H, I and J.

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-CD-E and F-G.

#1 Historic Tour Down I-94: Enchanted Highway


Enchanted Highway near Gladstone

Although you need to take a slight diversion from I-94, the Enchanted Highway is certainly worth it. Beginning at exit 72 and ending 32 miles South in Regent, along the county highway, you will see spectacular metal sculptures of grasshoppers, geese and even pheasants.

#2 Historic Tour Down I-94: Badlands Dinosaur Museum

Badlands Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson

Within its walls, you will find the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state of North Dakota. This includes a complete Triceratops skull along with six full dinosaur skeletons.

#3 Historic Tour Down I-94: Heritage Center in Bismarck

Heritage Center in Bismarck

The newly renovated center takes you through the various ages of North Dakota history. From the Ice Age to the present day, you will learn about everything that lives or once lived in the state. You will find its beautiful campus on the grounds of the State Capitol.

#4 Itasca State Park

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 100 miles

Why visit Itasca?

Located at the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Itasca State Park allows you to experience a getaway that is not terribly far from the Fargo-Moorhead area. It is this convenience that makes it one of the most popular state parks in Minnesota. Roughly 500,000 people visit the park each year, but that is not to say it lacks exclusivity. Outside of the various camping sites throughout the park, there are 38 indoor lodging units so you can relax in style. 

There is no shortage of things to do at Itasca either. Whether it's visiting the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, hiking the 49 miles worth of trails or visiting the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, there is something for everyone. With over 32,000 acres in the whole park, you can find your own secluded portion of Itasca for your weekend getaway.

#5 Jazzfest 2018

What is Sioux Falls Jazzfest?

We're sure South Dakota is one of the last places you would think of when you hear jazz music. Never the less, Sioux Falls plays home to some of the biggest jazz and blues acts in America. The free two-day event welcomes roughly 130,000 people per year. That makes it one of the biggest free music festivals in the country. Since its inception in 1988, Jazzfest has recorded consistent success both with the number of people and the artists they welcome.

Who is headlining Jazzfest 2018?

Jimmie Vaughan

Though he is known as the older brother of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan has carved out his own place in blues lore. He has opened for Jimi Hendrix and has also shared the stage with Eric Clapton and B.B. King.

Taj Mahal

Having been around since 1964, Taj Mahal (real name Henry Fredericks) has become one of the more well-known figures in the genre. The self-taught musician plays the guitar, banjo, piano and harmonica. His rendition of the song "Statesboro Blues" has become one the hallmarks of blues music.

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Nolan Schmidt

Written by Nolan Schmidt

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

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