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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 $57 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29

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! (868 reviews)

"This is the best value in Minot. We've stayed here three times, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else! Staff is very friendly and the rooms are comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 6, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Minot
Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center and Water Park
Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center and Water Park
2.5 out of 5
2400 10th Street SW, Minot, ND
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

This family-friendly Minot hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinity Medical Group and Dakota Square Mall. Scandinavian Heritage ...

4/5Very Good! (554 reviews)

"Check in was quick. Once we made it to the room the room was still dirty. There was dirty towels everywhere, and the bed wasn't made. I called the front desk and explained thw condition of the room.They immediately moved us to a different room, and upgraded us to a suite. The pool area was pretty ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2021

Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center and Water Park
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Minot, ND
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Minot, ND
2.5 out of 5
1900 22nd Ave Sw, Minot, ND
The price is CA $83 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinity Medical Group and Dakota Square Mall. Scandinavian Heritage Park and Trinity Health are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (778 reviews)

"Property was nice and clean."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Minot, ND
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.
Lake Cabin for Rent on the Shores of Beautiful Devils Lake, ND.
Lake Cabin for Rent on the Shores of Beautiful Devils Lake, ND.
Devils Lake, ND
The price is CA $188 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29

Nestled on the beach, this Devils Lake vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Spirit Lake Casino, Ruger Park, and Old Post Office Museum. CHI St. Alexius Health ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
The renal was perfect for our group of snow goose hunters. Good location close to all our needs.

"Great all around experience."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Lake Cabin for Rent on the Shores of Beautiful Devils Lake, ND.
Boots Bison Cabin
Boots Bison Cabin
Medora, ND

Situated on a river, this cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Sully Creek State Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Billings County Court ...

Boots Bison Cabin
'maltese Ranch Cabin' Near Medora Attractions
'maltese Ranch Cabin' Near Medora Attractions
Medora, ND

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Old Town Hall Theater and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Harold Schafer Heritage Center ...

4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Very comfortable

"Local property manager very helful, cabin comfortable. Especially liked the fact there was a thermostat in every room, so I could have the bathroom warm and the bedroom cold"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2019

'maltese Ranch Cabin' Near Medora Attractions
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 Minot

4.2

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 9.316770186335404%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 2020

Loved Hobby Lobby, Kohl's, Menards, Walmart, and Pizza Ranch!

5/5 - Excellent

Pam

Dec 5, 2019

It's a beautiful city and my wife and I really enjoyed our stay and our shopping experience there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

Enjoy shopping in Minot with the exception of one of the local store NOT excepting Canadian dollars.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 14, 2019

We go to Minot about once a year to shop and stay in a hotel. We usually go to the zoo. Its easy to get around and has some good restaurants. The mall doesn't have the greatest clothing stores for me, but i like the department stores.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 11, 2019

service in most stores was very good and helpful

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 11, 2019

shopping used to be awesome for cross border but now the mall is dying and not worth it for cross border shopping