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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?
Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 222 miles
It has been around for decades and follows a theme of unity. Not only is it where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, but it also serves as a gathering place for Americans and Canadians alike. The Forks feature a central market, dining accommodations and even a skate park. The meeting of the two rivers has become a sign of peace and inclusion in Winnipeg.
Though it looks spectacular from the outside within the walls of the Winnipeg Art Gallery is some of the most stunning art Canada has to offer. Most of the pieces are Canadian or Manitoba centric, but it also features the largest collection of Inuit art. In total, the gallery has roughly 24,000 different pieces.
One of the trendiest spaces in all of Winnipeg is the Exchange District. It features turn of the century buildings while boasting some the cities hippest eateries and antique shops. The Exchange District aims to preserve the 20th Century buildings in Winnipeg.
One of Winnipeg's newest attractions is this museum meant to promote discussion and change in the world. The architectural gem features 11 awe-inspiring exhibits with the final one taking place on the top floor of the museum. This provides the visitor with a view of the city that cannot be matched.
A vast prairie lies within Winnipeg's city limits. Here you can find various places to canoe, roam and sail. You can even see packs of bison roaming around the prairie. There is also the opportunity to sit and dine and drink at the restaurant patio.
The Manitoba Museum is one of the most all-encompassing museums around. It features artifacts from almost every era of history in nine permanent galleries. The museum also features a planetarium on one of the most advanced projection systems. For anyone intrigued with Canadian and human history, the Manitoba Museum is the place to be.
A stunning architectural sight, the Royal Canadian Mint produces all of Canada's circulation coins. Tours are available for those interested in the mint process. The Royal Canadian Mint was also tasked with making the medals for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Those are on display at the Mint as well.
If you need a relaxing getaway, Winnipeg has a state of the art spa for you to consider. Thermëa offers thermal pools, Finnish saunas, massage treatment and even dining options. If you feel like being pampered, this is the place for you.
Canada's finest legislative building is filled with hieroglyphics, Masonic symbols and numeric codes on its walls. During the Hermetic Code Tour, you will learn what all of these symbols mean and how they relate to Canadian history.
As is customary with any large city, Winnipeg has a bustling Downtown area. There are plenty of trendy spots to eat, drink and play as well as museums and historical items to take in. Beyond that, the architecture will stun you as you gaze at the Winnipeg skyline.
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