Flights to Fargo
Famous for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, Fargo has become quite a tourist destination in North Dakota. Ironically, none of the movie was actually filmed in the city of Fargo. Originally, the town was a busy steamboat port in the 1870s.
There is international air service at many points in North Dakota, but Fargo, the largest city, is the most common arrival point. Hector International Airport (airport code: FAR) is served by a number of American Airlines, but none directly from overseas. All flights to Fargo therefore have two connections. Flights to Fargo with Northwest Airlines stop in Amsterdam, and then in Minneapolis. Another option is a flight stopping in London and Chicago, with British Midland. Virgin Atlantic also connects in London, but the second transfer city is Denver.
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The Tourist Attractions in Fargo:
Walk of Fame
Far from Hollywood, you can still see the impressions of hundreds of celebrities that have put their handprints in the Celebrity Walk of Fame in Fargo. You can find it starting at 2001 44th Street S, near the corner of 20th Avenue SW. It’s free to walk along and see the famous names. You’ll see Garth Brooks and the members of KISS, among many others.
Fargo Air Museum
The Fargo Air Museum is near the airport, to the north of the city and has a collection of many historical aircraft. You can see Cessnas, Corsairs, and Mustangs. For something a little older, there is a full-size model of the flyer flown by the Wright brothers. There is also an area where you can see airplane restoration at work. Open 7 days a week, except during the winter when the museum is closed on Mondays.
The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm is a fun place for the whole family. Kids can play and learn about the body, sound, space and nature. There is a carousel outside, and nature trails provide a great place for a peaceful family walk. It’s open year-round, and closed Mondays during the school year. There is a small admission fee for both adults and children.
Red River Zoo
Though not a particularly large zoo, Red River Zoo has some interesting animals and rare species amongst the 300 or so animals, from around 80 species. You will get a chance to see a rare red panda for example. The grounds are around 33 acres, and there is a restored 1920s carousel for rides. The zoo is on 21st Ave SW, and is open daily through the warmer months. In the winter, it’s only open to the public on weekends.
Plains Art Museum
There are more than 3,000 works of art at the Plains Art Museum, located in downtown Fargo. Must of the collection is contemporary, but there are also several large exhibits of traditional Native American art as well. Of great interest to some visitors is the fact that there are pieces by Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali on permanent display.
When Should You Visit?:
Fargo is known for its long cold winters, so don’t plan on visiting between November and April. Many attractions are closed during the winters anyway. July and August are the hottest months, and reach 28C (82F) during the day. The most comfortable months in Fargo are May and June, and then again in September and October.