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How To Spend 12 Hours In The Twin Cities

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-LMN-P and Q-S.

#2 Hours 3 and 4: Visit Paisley Park

From Bloomington, you can travel 17 or so miles West to Chanhassen where Paisley Park lies. For those who are unaware, Paisley Park was the recording studio and living residence of Minnesota music legend Prince. He lived there from 1988 onward until his death in 2016. Prince's actual intention was to turn Paisley Park into a Graceland type venue for people to come and visit. Currently, the space is available for tours to see where Prince lived and recorded his iconic songs. It is the all-encompassing experience in learning more about Prince and the state he loved.

#3 Hours 5 and 6: Visit the Walker Art Center

As you leave Chanhassen, you travel back into the city of Minneapolis to get a view of the city's most famous sculptures. At the Walker Art Center, you will be able to see the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture along with many others in the Sculpture Garden. Then, you can travel inside the actual museum to gander at cutting edge, contemporary artwork.

#4 Hours 7, 8 and 9: Cheer on the Twins at Target Field

Right in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis is where you will find the home of the Minnesota Twins. Regardless of the number of people in attendance, Target Field is one of the newest and most exciting stadiums in Major League Baseball. This will give you a fantastic experience outside of watching a baseball game. There are gourmet foods and drinks that can be enjoyed too. Even if you hate baseball, you will love going to Target Field.

#5 Hours 10, 11 and 12: Peruse Downtown Minneapolis

Not only is it the foremost area for nightlife in the Twin Cities area, but Downtown Minneapolis is a cultural mecca of the Midwest. From a nightlife perspective, there are several options for you to look into. You could take in a concert at the famous First Avenue or you can go bar-hop. Might I suggest starting at the Shout! House with dueling pianos and then making your way down the street to Cowboy Jacks. Beyond that, I'm sure the night will sweep you away to all the Minneapolis hotspots.

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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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