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Where Can You Find Presidents, A Gold Mine And Peace?

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-EF-G and H-J.

#1 Keystone, SD

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: 514 miles

Mount Rushmore

One of the most famous symbols and attractions in America is the Mount Rushmore National Monument. Coincidentally, the monument lies three miles away from Downtown Keystone. It is that attraction alone that has made Keystone such a densely visited area in South Dakota. Originally, it was to depict American West figures like Lewis and Clark, but it was ultimately decided that four presidents would be featured on the monument. Now, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln keep a watchful eye over the city of Keystone. Their presence has also turned that city into a massive tourist destination.

Big Thunder Gold Mine

Another major attraction to those visiting Keystone is the Big Thunder Gold Mine. Taking place in an original gold mine, a tour is designed to give you the most accurate and comprehensive mining experience in the Black Hills. You will get a hands-on look at the Gold Rush that took place in the Black Hills from 1876 to 1914. Along with this, you will do your own gold panning which will result in you taking home some gold of your own.

The National PresidentialWax Museum

Would you ever want to see Franklin D. Roosevelt or George W. Bush in the flesh? At the National Presidential Wax Museum, you have that opportunity, kind of. The museum features every President, as well as several other wax figures. In total, the museum features 96 wax figures and with a self-guided tour, you can see them all.

#2 Lake Metigoshe

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 281 miles

The Perfect 12 hours at Lake Metigoshe

8-11 a.m.:Canoe Trail

You can rent a canoe while at Lake Metigoshe. Then you can canoe throughout the entire park, going in somewhat of a circle. You will be able to canoe around School Section Lake, Eramosh Lake and Rost Lake in the process.

11-1 p.m.:Hike the Old Oak Trail

This trail is North Dakota's first National Recreation Trail. This interpretive trek has many stops along the way despite it being only about three miles long. Be sure to devote enough time to see all the plants and animals the trail has to offer.

1-4 p.m.:Hike or Mountain Bike the park's other trails

There are several other trails to explore inside the park as well. There are four loops that make up these various trails, which end up totaling close to nine miles. While you're at it, you can do a bird checklist, which is available at the park's office.

4:30-8 p.m.:Visit the International Peace Gardens

Located 20 miles East of Lake Metigoshe State Park is one of the more visited sectors of North Dakota. The International Peace Gardens serve as a sign of peace between the United States and Canada. It welcomes roughly 100,000 people each year.

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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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