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What Do Xtreme Sports, Yummy Food And Zoos Have In Common?

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway. Check out our A to Z adventure guide! Today learn about X, Y and Z.

A guy posing while taking a break from mountain biking
Mountain biking @ CCSRA

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?

See the rest of the places mentioned in our A to Z Adventure Guide here: A-CD-EF-GH-JK-LMN-PQ-STU-V and W.

#1 Xtreme Sports

A guy rock climbing off the cliffs at Blue Mounds State Park

What is Extreme North Dakota Racing?

North Dakota is becoming an extreme sports hotspot thanks to a combination of the rugged terrain and weather. Due to that, Extreme North Dakota Racing was spawned to provide the most extreme races for North Dakotans and others around the Tri-state area. For example, their most recent races involved Fatbike only races on a 15 to 20 mile stretch of snowy terrain. That race even had participants riding over the icy Red River.

Another recent race had contestants running throughout the Sheyenne National Grasslands. There was a multitude of lengths with the lowest being a 25K and the longest being a 100K race. Still, Extreme North Dakota Racing considered that a warm-up. Extreme North Dakota Racing has cultivated a culture of extreme sports that has stretched into Minnesota and South Dakota as well.

#2 Yummy Food Stops: Minnesota State Fair

Butter Queen Coffee Ice Cream from Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair: Butter Queen Coffee Ice Cream

#3 Yummy Food Stops: Nook in St. Paul, MN

The Famous Juicy Lucy from Nook in St. Paul, MN

Nook in St. Paul, MN:The Famous Juicy Lucy

#4 Yummy Food Stops: Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm Waseca, MN

Lola Pizza from Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm in Waseca, MN

Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm Waseca, MN:Lola Pizza

#5 Yummy Food Stops: Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, SD

The Spicy G Burger from Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, SD

Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, SD:The "Spicy G" Burger

#6 Yummy Food Stops: Cru Restaurant and Bar in Nisswa, MN

Pasta Carbonara from Cru Restaurant and Bar in Nisswa, MN

Cru Restaurant and Bar in Nisswa, MN:Pasta Carbonara

#7 Zoo Visits: Como Zoo in St. Paul

Giraffes walk around at the Como Zoo in St Paul, MN

Not only is Como a zoo but it is also a conservatory for various plants. That conservatory is also available for private events as well. Animals you can see at Como Zoo include gorillas, giraffes and snow leopards.

#8 Zoo Visits: Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN

A mother and her child look at an aquarium at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN

The diversity in species at Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley is almost incomparable to any other zoo in the Tri-state area. Animals that inhabit this zoo are Amur tigers, Komodo dragons and pumas.

#9 Zoo Visits: Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, ND

People walk up to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, ND

Though it was recently renovated, the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck is still a great attraction thanks to the animals brought in. They are famous for their peacocks, bobcats and Bengal tigers.

#10 Zoo Visits: Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg

People look at a polar bear ar the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

Many native Canadian animals among other arctic animals make up the vast animal population at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Some of these species include polar bears, caribou and even yaks.

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Nolan Schmidt

Written by Nolan Schmidt

Nolan is the Co-Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated publication. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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