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Minot

Travel Guide

Visit the Magic City to experience American Scandinavian culture, riverside wildlife and exhilarating ice hockey matches.

Nicknamed “Magic City” for its rapid growth from tent town to city, Minot comes alive in summertime for the North Dakota State Fair. Enjoy music and street performances, agricultural expositions, carnival rides and food vendors making up an exciting week in July.

Despite being a busy cosmopolitan city, Minot has hung onto its small-town hospitality and gives a warm welcome even in the colder months. Minot is located in a scenic valley carved into the North Dakota prairies by the Souris River, just an hour’s drive south of the Canadian border. Home to the Festivals, a thriving arts and culture scene and the Minot Minotauros ice hockey team, Minot offers year-round attractions for diverse tastes.

More than one-third of Minot residents have Scandinavian ancestors; the city has honored this connection with the biggest Scandinavian-American festival in the U.S., Norsk Høstfest. Join in the autumn fun and celebrate Nordic culture, craft and cuisine. Dance the night away with traditional folk dances and shout “Skål!” with the locals when you clink glasses of Norwegian ale. Hotels fill up fast in fall, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Spectacular wildlife flourishes on Minot’s riverside during the warmer months. Walk or ride your bike along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) Riverwalk Path to see rare and beautiful birds that live alongside the Souris River. Visit Scandinavian Heritage Park to see fantastic replicas of Scandinavian architecture, including a stave church and larger-than-life red carved Dala Horse.

Visit the Magic City in summer or fall to get the full Minot festival experience. Winters are very cold in the north, so be prepared and bring warm clothes.

Take Amtrak’s Empire Builder line to reach Minot by train. Minot International Airport, conveniently located on the city’s North Hill, has regular flights to and from Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Phoenix.

You can also reach Minot by car along the scenic route from Minnesota to Montana, passing through forested lands reminiscent of the Old Country of Scandinavia.

Baymont by Wyndham Minot
Baymont by Wyndham Minot
2.5 out of 5
1609 35th Ave Sw, Minot, ND
The price is CA $68 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in the heart of Minot, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinity Medical Group and Dakota Square Mall. Scandinavian Heritage Park and Trinity Health ...
4.2/5Excellent! (916 reviews)
"Very nice motel and room. Very pleased"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Minot
Comfort Suites Minot
Comfort Suites Minot
2.5 out of 5
601 22nd Avenue SW, Minot, ND
The price is CA $95 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
This family-friendly Minot hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dakota Square Mall, Scandinavian Heritage Park, and Trinity Medical Group. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (696 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2021

Comfort Suites Minot
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel
3 out of 5
1505 North Broadway, Minot, ND
The price is CA $105 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
This family-friendly Minot hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinity Health Center - East and Minot State University. Scandinavian Heritage Park and Trinity Health ...
4/5Very Good! (766 reviews)
"Food at the Primo restaurant was excellent!"

Reviewed on Jul. 7, 2021

Grand Hotel
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50's Vintage Custom Built Family Home
50's Vintage Custom Built Family Home
Minot, ND
Situated in Minot, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Minot State University, Trinity Health Center - East, and Trinity Health Hospital. Trinity Health ...
50's Vintage Custom Built Family Home
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.