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Grand Forks
Travel Guide

Grand Forks

Visit this bustling North Dakota city on the famous Red River that’s known for its fishing, hunting, golfing and butterfly garden.

Lose yourself in this North Dakotan treasure to see the art, adventure and hunting opportunities of deep North America. Grand Forks is a city on the Red River, 145 miles (233 kilometers) south of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Come for the golf courses, cycling trails and fishing by the river, and for the friendly and relaxed charm of the locals.

Downtown Grand Forks is laid out in a grid pattern that makes navigating on foot or by car easy. Start the day with breakfast at one of the many cafés and bakeries in the center of town. Shop for clothes and trinkets at the Grand Forks Marketplace.

See some of the region’s finest art at Browning Arts or the Campbell Library. Don’t miss the Empire Arts Center, which hosts music and theater and displays original artworks from greats such as Andy Warhol. Families with children should visit the Northern Air Family Fun Center, a park with more than 90 trampolines.

Visit the Butterfly Garden and Native Prairie Grassland to the southeast of Downtown. A 25,000-square-foot (2,323-square-meter) garden attracts many different butterfly species, while the 30 acres (12 hectares) of prairie is home to wild flowers and birds. Go hiking, bird watching and picnicking.

Play a game of tennis or try sport shooting at the Abbott Sports Complex or have a hit in one of the city’s many golf courses. Go canoeing down the Red River or rent a bicycle and ride the 10-mile (16-kilometer) North Star trail. This track will take you on a scenic loop through flatlands and past the streams of the Turtle River State Park. In the cold northern winter, this trail transforms into a popular cross-country skiing circuit.

North Dakotans are known for their love of hunting. Book a quail or elk hunting tour through the wilds around Grand Forks. At sunset, sit on the banks of the Red River with a drink and a fishing rod and enjoy the picturesque country that characterizes North Dakota.

Canad Inns Destination Center Grand Forks
Canad Inns Destination Center Grand Forks
3.5 out of 5
1000 South 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND
The price is CA $87 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in the heart of Grand Forks, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alerus Center, University of North Dakota, and Ralph Engelstad Arena. Columbia ...
3.9/5Very Good! (958 reviews)
"I thought my room was very clean and comfortable. I had forgotten shampoo and conditioner and the product available wasn’t very good. My problem for forgetting them."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Canad Inns Destination Center Grand Forks
Expressway Suites of Grand Forks
Expressway Suites of Grand Forks
3 out of 5
4040 11th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND
The price is CA $74 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Altru Main Clinic and Alerus Center. University of North Dakota and Ralph Engelstad Arena are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at this very clean hotel. The small kitchen area, the Jacuzzi, and the small fire place added to the enjoyment. We especially liked the small store where we could purchase popcorn to go with a movie provided by Expressway."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Expressway Suites of Grand Forks
Best Western Harvest Inn & Suites
Best Western Harvest Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
3350 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, ND
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $62 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in the heart of Grand Forks, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Columbia Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Altru Main Clinic and Alerus Center. Grand Cities ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"Clean and quiet hotel. Friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2021

Best Western Harvest Inn & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Huge House for Family get Together and Family Vacations Esta
Huge House for Family get Together and Family Vacations Esta
Grand Forks, ND
Situated in Grand Forks, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Grand Cities Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Columbia Mall and Alerus Center. University ...
Huge House for Family get Together and Family Vacations Esta
The Well Decorated Apartment With Modern Furniture and Amenities
The Well Decorated Apartment With Modern Furniture and Amenities
Grand Forks, ND
Situated in Grand Forks, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Empire Arts Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena. University of North Dakota is 1.6 mi ...
1/5 (1 review)
"The unit was not overly clean (lots of dust bunnies and such on railings, under the couch, etc.) and the only cooking tool we had was a spatula. There is also a crack in the front door and bees kept flying in until we blocked it with a small towel. We could not use the TV for most of the stay because ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

The Well Decorated Apartment With Modern Furniture and Amenities
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Grand Forks

4.2

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 57.69911504424779%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.150442477876107%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

The mall was practically empty. Not many stores left. Roads are not in very good shape. Most people were nice, some were rude.

4/5 - Good

Marg

Mar 12, 2020

I always enjoy visiting Grand Forks. It's sad to see so many stores closing, but it seems to be happening everywhere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 1, 2020

Grand forks is great but don't stay at the townhouse

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

We had a great time at the kiss concert

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

We went to Grand Forks for a short get away-not really to see the city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

People were friendly Nice meals and shopping !!