Some of my favorite trip memories have been girlfriend getaways. What I’ve learned about such trips is they are not a one-size-fits all. Depending upon whom you are traveling with your itinerary is likely to be quite different. For example, if you’re traveling with your
mom, sister, college roommates, long-time best friend, or your other mom friends every trip is going to be tailored to the dynamic of your relationship. That means a bevy of choices is a good thing when trip planning. One place that offers an array of girlfriend getaway options is my neighboring state, North Dakota. I’ve visited this lovely state many times and have found the people to be welcoming, the sunsets to be spectacular, and an amazing amount of diversity among things to do…especially for a girls getaway. Here are some suggestions:
1. Beer & Wine Trail. Craft beer is an art and in North Dakota, the nation’s largest barley producer, the artists or microbrewers are especially passionate about their work. You may be surprised to learn that North Dakota has their own beer and wine trail with 24 wine producers and eight breweries. What’s especially fun are the number of fruit wines found in the state. For example, Maple River Winery in Casselton has an assortment of uniquely flavored wines including Wild Plum, Apricot, Aronia, Gooseberry, Apple Jalapeno Pepper and even Dandelion!
2. Art and culture. The first time I visited North Dakota I was pleasantly surprised to see how much art was displayed across the state. Sculptures, statues and things that could certainly be considered roadside attractions, like Salem Sue World’s Largest Holstein Cow, were everywhere. In fact, you can make a scavenger hunt in finding other larger-than-life statues like Tommy the Turtle and the Tin Family. There are also a number of museums worth a stop. The North Dakota Museum of Art has three galleries exhibiting regional, national and international art. Fun fact: the building is a former gymnasium. The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown is devoted to the cultural and natural history of bison and the prairie but what is especially fascinating is the herd of Buffalo on the property which includes White Cloud, a rare albino buffalo. Washburn, ND is home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center where the expeditionists’ story comes to life with newly-installed exhibits at the Interpretive Center immerse you in the journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition with sound and interactive displays. Here are 8 ways to enjoy North Dakota’s Art & Culture.
3. Great Outdoors. Did you know North Dakota has Badlands? The Theodore Roosevelt National Park, found in the western part of the state, can be explored via hiking, biking and horseback, just like the former president did. Horse and high-performance bike rentals are available for rent or if you and your pals would rather explore on your own two feet, walking trails are well marked and easily accessible throughout the North and South units of the park. If you’re up for something more extreme, the 140-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail is an intense challenge accompanied by stunning views of North Dakota’s Badlands. If you visit Grand Forks, I recommend a stroll through the Grand Forks’ Sertoma – Japanese Garden Park.
4. Sports. Hockey fans can watch a University of North Dakota game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena “The Ralph” in Grand Forks. Named for a UND graduate and hockey player, the arena’s marble floors and leather seats make watching a game a remarkable experience. In fact, the arena is noted as one of the finest in the country. If you’re visiting during another sports season, the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center “The Betty” (named for Ralph’s wife) is home to UND men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer teams and also recognized as a beautiful facility.
5. Bring the family. Sometimes a girlfriend getaway isn’t 100% girlfriend. For example, sports moms may have a kids’ hockey or softball tournament in Fargo and decide to add on some time with another family. This is a perfect opportunity to let the dads have some kid-bonding time after the games while the moms visit a spa or go shopping. If dad needs some ideas, the Northern Air Family Fun Center in Grand Forks is a large trampoline park with 92 trampolines in an open jump area, a basketball dunking station and foam pit. The Red River Zoo in Fargo is home to over three hundred animals of seventy-five species while the Fargo Air Museum is another family-friendy choice with interactive children’s exhibits. Here’s 16 places to visit with kids.
Are you ready to pack your bags and visit North Dakota for girl’s getaway? If you have already explored North Dakota what activities do you recommend?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by North Dakota Tourism.