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Do You Want A Scenic Summer Trip? Look No Further

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-GH-JK-L and M.

#1 National Parks: Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Roughly 500 miles to the Southwest of Fargo-Moorhead lies one of South Dakota's two National Parks. The eroded buttes and grassland make it a premier spot for camping and hiking. You may even see a buffalo or two along the way.

#4 National Parks: Voyageurs National Park

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Voyageurs National Park

In the far Northeast corner of Minnesota lies one of the state's crown jewels. Voyageurs National Park provides a serene getaway for any outdoor enthusiast. The surrounding waters are perfect for the fisherman or canoeist in all of us. There are also several wilderness trails to peruse at Voyageurs.

#5 Otter Tail County, MN

Otter Tail Lake

With 21 square miles of lake, Otter Tail is the largest in the county, which should provide you some space from others enjoying what the lake offers. It is a great place to fish for walleye and northern pike specifically. There are also several beaches, which will allow you to hit the shoreline and enjoy some food and drinks.

Shooting Star Casino

For those up for spending a little money and enjoying some nightlife, Shooting Star is the place. The closest casino in proximity to Fargo-Moorhead is only 70 miles Northeast in Mahnomen. Outside of the gambling, Shooting Star consistently brings high-end musical acts to its stage. Those two put together make for a night out unlike any other in Otter Tail County.

Maplewood State Park

If you are looking for a perfect place to enjoy the lakes of Otter Tail County, as well as adventure through Minnesota's forests, Maplewood is your spot. The park is surrounded by eight lakes, as well as many other ponds, which should provide you with open water. Back on land, there are 9,500 acres of forest for you to hike and explore.

#6 Pembina Gorge

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 180 miles

Unaltered River Valley:The largest stretch in the state going into Canada too.

Ideal Conoeing:The Pembina Gorge area is a fertile river valley, perfect for this water sport.

12,500 acres:The region is one of the largest areas of untouched woodlands.

61 Rare plants and animalscall Pembina Gorge home and are considered to be "rare" in North 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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