The weather outside will soon be frightful, so now is the time to start planning your trips to escape the cold this winter. Together with Hector International Airport, we bring you the top five flights out of Fargo and some places worth checking out in each city, as well as an inside look into Frontier Airlines coming to Fargo.
TOP 5 FLIGHTS
Musical Instrument Museum
You can see, hear and play instruments from all over the world. You’re given a headset that syncs as you move throughout the galleries, allowing you to hear thousands of instrument sounds as you tour through different cultures and artists.
One of the area’s iconic landmarks, it’s named for its resemblance to a kneeling camel. Hiking its trails is worth it when you get to the “hump” of the mountain and get a panoramic view of the city.
Heritage Square Dining
Located in downtown Phoenix, Heritage Square is home to several delicious restaurants. Pizzeria Bianco is highly rated and includes ingredients that are homemade and locally grown.
Old Town Scottsdale
Trying to find the perfect souvenir? Looking for the local boutiques? Want to get your groove on with some dancing? Head over to Old Town, a popular destination for both shopping and nightlife.
Jump off the Stratosphere
Located at the Stratosphere hotel-casino, jump off the tallest building west of the Mississippi. This controlled free fall will have you reaching speeds up to 40 mph and give you a gorgeous view of the city the entire 855 feet.
Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘O’
This Cirque Du Soleil production is different from the rest. The ‘O’ distinguishes itself by being the only one of its kind to be performed in water. Get your tickets now to experience up to 85 acrobats performing in or above a pool full of 1.5 million gallons of water.
Red Rock Canyon
An escape from the large groups of people and quick pace of The Strip, Red Rock is located west of the city and has hiking, biking and nature watching opportunities. The scenery features desert vegetation, sandstone cliffs and red rock vistas as far as the eye can see.
Las Vegas Strip
The Strip is known for its resort hotels, casinos and performance venues for all kinds of entertainment. More than 4 miles long, put on your walking shoes and check out the contemporary architecture and lights that line the most popular road in Vegas.
There are many theme park choices to make when going to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Check out Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom or experience Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure. Can’t choose? Get a Park Hopper pass and move freely between them.
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology
This museum gives you a one-of-a-kind look at different parts of the world through the more than 500 real animal skeletons it features. Its exhibits include the African Safari, Marsupials and Florida Wildlife.
To the west of Orlando, the Tibet-Butler Preserve offers you a look into the wilderness, looping you through the major habitats found in the region, including forest, swamp and lakeshore.
Wall Street Plaza
Right in the heart of Downtown, Wall Street Plaza offers visitors a local experience. Full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, you’ll be sure to find something to do on a night on the town.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Experience one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S. where you can stand before classics and contemporary masterpieces, traveling the world through the galleries featuring art from ancient places, including Africa, Greece and Japan.
Want to get your heart pumping? Step out onto the Ledge and you’ll be suspended by a glass box at more than 1,350 feet in the air with a straight-down view of the Windy City.
Wrigley Field is home to the Chicago Cubs. Whether you want to catch a game, explore one of America’s oldest ballparks or you just really love baseball, Wrigley Field is the place to go.
Lincoln Park Zoo
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, check out Lincoln Park Zoo. The 35-acre zoo is one of the last free-admission zoos in the U.S. and also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1868.
Get a unique view of L.A. and head over to Runyon Canyon Park. Located only two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, the park is a popular hiking area and known for its celebrity sightings.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Jump on some theme park rides, explore a working movie studio and discover some of the best shops and restaurants all in the same place. Located in the entertainment capital of the world, it offers unique experiences the whole family will enjoy.
If you love to shop Rodeo Drive is the place to stop, as long as you ignore the fact that it’s probably out of most of our price ranges. You’re also likely to spot a few celebrities on your outing.
Featuring collections by artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne, the Getty Center is one of the world’s largest arts organizations. You’ll get to view beautiful art, architecture and gardens all in the same location.
Frontier Airlines joins Hector International Airport
Frontier Airlines announced in July that by spring of 2018, it will be doubling its number of routes by adding about 20 other cities, including Fargo, to its list of reached places, bringing cheaper options to the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Flights aren’t available until May 15, but you can start booking now. Frontier will fly mostly on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out FlyFrontier.com for more information.
In a Q&A with Hector International Airport Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein, here is the inside scoop on Frontier joining our local airport’s list of airlines.
Frontier Airlines has joined Hector International Airport before–four times, to be exact. Why did it begin to operate in Fargo those times?
The Frontier Airlines brand has always been very popular in this region. The version of Frontier Airlines that operates today was founded in 1994. This was shortly after Continental Airlines closed their Denver hub. Frontier Airlines has changed ownership and management a few times over the past few years. Republic Airways Holdings purchased Frontier in 2009. Republic sold Frontier to Indigo Partners, LCC in 2013. This started the transition for Frontier to become known as an ultra-low-cost carrier. Their business model has varied from being a hub and spoke air carrier to a point-to-point carrier. Over the past year, it appears that Frontier is now focusing on re-establishing their Denver hub, which will allow passengers to connect to other markets beyond Denver.
Why did the airline stop operations in Fargo?
The new ownership and management changed the business model from a traditional hub and spoke airline to a point-to-point airline. They focused on serving significantly larger markets than Fargo. They ended service to a number of smaller markets as they were competing with other low-cost carriers in the larger markets.
Why again now? Is it here to stay?
The Frontier staff who I work with always indicated they would someday return to Fargo. They’re in the process of re-establishing their Denver hub, which has been very popular for the passengers in Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding region. They have continued to have success in Sioux Falls and Bismarck that is positive for the Fargo market. Nothing is certain in the airline industry. Airlines continually enter and exit markets as they decide where to deploy their limited resources, which are the aircraft. I think they are committed to serving our market.
How will having Frontier Airlines as part of Hector International affect the airport and the Fargo-Moorhead community?
Frontier is branded as an ultra-low-cost carrier. Their fare structure will help to lower fares on routes where they are competing for the same passenger as Delta, United, American and Allegiant. Their presence will stimulate our market, which is expected to increase the number of passengers we serve each day.
FRONTIER FLIGHTS OUT OF FARGO
- El Paso
- Kansas City
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Orange County/Santa Ana
- Saint Louis
- Salt Lake City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Washington D.C.