Nothing clears the mind and refuels our sense of adventure like hitting the open road, even if it’s just for a Sunday afternoon. When traveling to Fargo-Moorhead, one of the best ways to experience this gorgeous region is to drive it in an RV. You have every convenience while you also have adventures only available in North Dakota and Minnesota. Discover plenty of good food, history and attractions galore.
While in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, you can look around before getting out on the road again. But first make your home base at an RV campground with wonderful amenities. One of these is the Lindenwood Park Campground in Fargo. This campground opens in May but the Red River Valley Fair Campground is open all year.
Absorb some of the history of Fargo-Moorhead by visiting some of the museums. You may be in time to catch an event at the Plains Art Museum or take the kids to the Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm. Here the younger ones (and the adults as well) will have fun with the numerous hands-on exhibits. WW II takes the front seat at the Fargo Air Museum and it is baseball at the Maury Wills Museum.
It is time to get on the road now! Take Highway 10 east from Fargo to Detroit Lakes. On the way you can stop at Buffalo River State Park. Break out your hiking boots as this is a wonderful place to hike and picnic. Adjacent to Buffalo River State Park (south) is the Nature Conservancy. Taking care of our forests and grasslands is what it is all about and this organization does it all. Explore the area to view the wildlife. Be sure to bring your camera along! Two other places you will come to as you drive along Highway 10 are the Gruhl State Wildlife Management Area and the Lunde State Wildlife Management Area. You’ll want to stop here too.
When you reach Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, you will find a perfect place to stop for a while and take in this lovely lake country. There are more than 400 lakes very close by. If you are here in May, be sure to attend the Festival of Birds event so you can stoke your spring fever. In Detroit Lakes, you can grab some good food at the Bleachers Bar & Grill on the southwest corner of Big Detroit Lake or at 917 Sports Bar & Grill at 917 Washington Avenue.
Leaving Detroit Lakes, head west again on Highway 59/34, following Highway 34 as it branches off to your right. You will be heading back to Fargo. On the way you can stop at any of the lakes offering water sports or just plain awesome views. Tamarack Lake is the place to throw in a fishing line. You can see six feet down and hopefully catch sight of the fish before you hook it. Catch Rock Bass, Walleye or large Bowfin. You will find decent-sized Largemouth Bass too.
Now you can catch Interstate 94 north to head right back to Fargo. Back in Fargo, you may want to stop at the Red River Zoo. The inhabitants include rare and endangered animals, and the zoo also has a great petting area for anyone, young or old. Time for some delicious food at some of the eateries in Fargo! Sample some Italian food at the popular Toscana, an award-winning restaurant. The Granite City Food and Brewery is another great place to have food and a brew.
For history buffs, there are more historic sites you won’t want to miss. For instance, you can see the Viking Ship, something you’ll remember for a long time to come. And you can hop over to Moorhead to visit the Bergquist Pioneer Cabin. This is the oldest house in the region. When evening time comes, you will want to enjoy some of Fargo’s nightlife before turning in. Leave your RV in your campground and head to the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre where you can relax and be entertained by some drama, comedy or a lively musical. Want to catch a movie? Try the Fargo Theatre to see both current and classic films.
Yes, a trip around Fargo-Moorhead provides a wonderful vacation to the RV traveler. If it is time to head home, you will want to make plans to come back another time. There is nothing quite like North Dakota and Minnesota to quench the thirst of exploration in an adventurer.
About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, your nationwide source for RV rentals. El Monte RV also sells used motorhomes through eight different locations across the United States. For more information on purchasing a used motorhome see http://www.elmontervsales.com/.