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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?
#1 Quiet Places: Boundary Waters
With portions of the Boundary Waters connected to Voyageurs National Park, as well as some Canadian parks, it serves as a vast landscape of peacefulness. Serving as the literal boundary between Minnesota and Canada, it provides a harmonious exit or entrance into either location. It is the ideal place in Minnesota to set up a tent and spend the night looking at the stars or even the Aurora Borealis.
#2 Quiet Places: Coteau des Prairies Lodge
Nestled on a prairie hill in small Havana, North Dakota is the Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Overlooking the sweeping Great Plains skyline, you can enjoy an escape from everything. Though it lies close to the South Dakota border, it provides its inhabitants a slice of North Dakota beauty with little chatter involved.
#3 Quiet Places: Sylvan Lake
Within Custer State Park in Southwest South Dakota is a lake as tranquil as any in America. Sylvan Lake provides you with a calm environment with a sweeping view of the Badlands around you. It truly is one of South Dakota's most hidden gems.
#4 Rugby, ND
The Geographical Center of North America
If you are heading for the Canadian border, be sure to take a pit stop in Rugby. This small town is roughly 225 miles Northwest of Fargo-Moorhead. However, despite how small it is, it's known for one very significant landmark. Rugby has long been considered the Geographical Center of North America, meaning where the continent reaches its halfway point. There are American, Canadian and Mexican flags representing this point in geographic lore. Since it gained that title, geographers have been in long discussion as to if Rugby actually is the center of the continent. Some argue that it is 15 miles Southwest of the town. Yet, it still remains a point of pride for the citizens of Rugby and is worth visiting along with your weekend getaway trek.
#5 Spirit Tour: Far North Spirits
Far North Spirits in Hallock, MN
If you are on your way up towards Canada for a weekend getaway, consider diverting to Hallock and Far North Spirits. Their small town sensibility certainly plays into their distilling.
#6 Spirit Tour: Badlands Distillery
Badlands Distillery in Kadoka, SD
A family tradition of making spirits has spilled over to full-scale operations at Badlands Distillery. Distilling since the prohibition days, this family uses locally sourced ingredients in their liquor.
#7 Spirit Tour: Glacial Lakes Distillery
Glacial Lakes Distillery in Watertown, SD
This Eastern South Dakota distillery relies heavily on the glacial water produced after winter to make their spirits. From that, they use South Dakota made products to round it all out.
#8 Spirit Tour: Panther Distillery
Panther Distillery in Osakis, MN
Panther was the first legal whiskey distillery in the state of Minnesota. Opening in 2011, this small distillery has become one of the most popular in Western Minnesota.
#9 Spirit Tour: Skaalvenn Distillery
Skaalvenn Distillery in Brooklyn Park, MN
If habanero rum seems like an intriguing combination, it can be found at Skaalvenn. They produce small batches of that plus vodka, regular rum and aquavit.
#10 Spirit Tour: 11 Wells
11 Wells in St. Paul, MN
Located in what was formerly a Hamm's Brewery is 11 Wells, a name which stems from, you guessed it, the number of wells they have on site. The distillery currently produces two types of whiskey and rum. Find their products at various places around the Twin Cities.
#11 Spirit Tour: Vikre Distillery
Vikre Distillery in Duluth, MN
Duluth's only distillery is located just a few feet from Duluth's iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. Aside from that, they feature all sorts of spirits.