Fargo is a modern city of just over 100,000 on the Red River in the southeast corner of North Dakota. Many people relate Fargo to the eponymous 1996 Coen Brothers movie starring Oscar-winner Frances McDormand and William H. Macy, though none of the movie was filmed in Fargo. Neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota is across the river from Fargo and the area is generally referred to as Fargo-Moorhead. Fargo is the seat of Cass County.
Amtrak serves the city with its Empire Builder line, with one train east and one train west every day. The station is located at 420 4th Street North. There are several restaurants near the station, and during the summer you may eat outside overlooking the train tracks. The Empire Builder goes from Seattle to Chicago.
Bus transportation is available to most parts of the city. They are phasing out the tokens, so if you want a souvenir, get one now. Parking is plentiful, even on the main thoroughfares in downtown areas.
FargoDome, 1800 N. University Drive, 701 241-9100, . Offers athletic events, broadway shows, music concerts. During some concerts 1/4 of the population fits inside the Fargodome.
Roger Maris Museum, at the West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Avenue (at I-29). Open year-round. Admission is free.
Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, 701 239-8385, . The Fargo Theater show mostly independent films, on actual film, not digital. Inside the theatre there is a statue of Marge Olmstead Gunderson, of the movie Fargo carved out of wood, also inside on the stage is a functional Wurlitzer pipe organ that is occasionally used to score silent films.
Celebrity Walk of Fame, 2001 44th St. SW, exit 348 Interstate 94. Tel: (701) 282-3653. No fee. The walk where more than 100 celebrities have left their marks in cement. Stars from music, the arts, politics, and sports, like: Garth Brooks, Neil Diamond, KISS, Maury Wills, Debbie Reynolds, and Governor Jesse Ventura, have left their signatures, handprints and footprints.
Life's Options(5/6-5/7) Entertainment for mature adults. Fargodome, Fargo
Scheels Fargo Marathon (5/14) Civic Center, Fargo.
""High Plains Reader""  The source for what is happening in the city, an alternative newspaper that from the start was doomed to fail due to the small population of the city, but has since lasted over 10 years and remains as strong as ever. Free.
KNDS Radio for Everyone A collaborative university and community radio station, that thanks to the extreme flatness of Fargo can broadcast about the whole metro area on a Low Power FM Dial.
Fargo shopping means the million square foot West Acres, featuring Sears, JC Penney and Macy's plus a hundred other stores. During and post construction West Acres was colloquially referred to by residents as "Wasted Acres" as it was build on farm land.
Zandbroz Variety, has an eclectic collection of books and trinkets, including a fargo memorabilia.
Fargo also has many interesting boutique and specialty style shops downtown.
Locally owned Ristreto Coffee & Tea located near West Acres (5050 13th Ave S) serves Fair Trade/organic coffee, tea, frappes, smoothies, Italian sodas, gelato, and pastries quickly, consistently, and exquisitely. Free wireless Internet access is available. No extra charge for Credit/Debit card purchases!
Babb's Seattle Coffee House is a fantastic independent coffee shop located across the street from the Fargo Theater downtown. Credit cards are accepted for a $0.25 surcharge.
Grand Junction - East Coast Style Subs  serves hot subs grilled fresh right in front of you. A local favorite. Try the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwhich, very delicious.
Boppa's Bagels, 3051 25th St S # O, Fargo, ND 58103-6102, ☎ (701) 241-7800, . Boppa's Bagels makes wonderful bagels, of note are their speciality bagels, that are also available at some coffee shops around the city.edit
Boppa's Bagels, 14 Roberts St, Ste 100, Fargo, ND 58102, ☎ (701) 478-7337, . Neat little coffee shop that is involved in the music and arts scene in Fargo.edit
The Bismark, 6th Ave. and Broadway. The PBR is always cold, all the whiskey drinks are doubles, and pull tabs litter the dirty floor that is inexplicably emblazoned with the New York Yankees logo. This downtown Fargo watering hole is Fargo's best dive bar. Black jack tables, off-sale liquor, and pinball are available.edit
Dempsey's Public House (226 Broadway) is Fargo's only traditional Irish pub. Upstairs of Dempsey's is The Aquarium, a live music venue featuring bands of every musical style.
HoDo is the Hotel Donaldson bar featuring pub food and tapas-style dishes as well as beers and ales on tap.
Great variety of hotels and motels ranging from budget to luxury. Major national chains like Motel 6, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Howard Johnson's, Ramada, Radisson, Courtyard by Marriott, and Travelodge all have Fargo locations.
In addition, you may rent rooms from $300 per month or less. There are signs everywhere and some interesting residential hotels scattered about.
Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway 701-478-1000 is a beautiful experience. The Donaldson has only 17 rooms, each featuring original works by a Plains artist. It was immaculately renovated in 2003. Room decor is modern. Amenities include flat screen cable TV, rooftop spa and high speed internet access. Outstanding personal service includes complimentary gourmet breakfast bar in the morning and wine and cheese bar in the early evening.
La Maison des Papillons B&B. Tel: (701) 232-2041, Toll-free: (888) 273-3380
Radisson Hotel Fargo. Tel: (701) 232-7363, 800-333-3333
Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center. Tel: (701) 277-9000
Fargo is a safe city, with little violent crime, however, use common sense especially when it comes to personal property, just as you would anywhere else. The only area in which a person would need to be on the look-out is downtown on the weekends, especially during the school year. With the many colleges and bars it makes for an unpredictable experience.
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