After sharing the rugged western portion of the state with you, Country Travel DISCOVERIES introduces the gardens, farms, and cities of Eastern North Dakota. Explore flowers and foliage of the “must-see” International Peace Garden perched on the Canadian Border, go more than 40 feet below ground into a Cold War-era missile control center, and enjoy vistas of the scenic Red River of the North as it flows through Fargo and Grand Forks. It’s a legendary trip through the northern Great Plains you won’t soon forget!
- Visit the International Peace Garden on the U.S./Canada border
- City tours of Fargo and Grand Forks
- Go underground at a storied Cold War missile site from the height of the Cold War
- Tour Ralph Engelstad Arena
- Fresh, on-the-farm meals, wine and honey tastings
- Explore Norse heritage at the Hjemkomst Center Viking Museum
- Visit the National Buffalo Museum, home to a rare white buffalo
- Meet working dairy and herb farmers
DAY 1–WELCOME TO FARGO
Enjoy meeting your fellow travelers and Discoveries Director at a welcome reception in Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city. Our starting hotel provides scenic views of the city and is the second tallest building in the state!
DAY 2–BAGG BONANZA FARM/FARGO CITY TOUR/VIKING CENTER/BREWERY
The day begins with a trip to the historic Bagg Bonanza Farm. The centerpiece of the 15-acre wheat farm is a fully restored 21-bedroom main house once used by workers who lived on-property under a unique arrangement with its owner. After a home-cooked lunch on the farm, experience a guided city tour in Fargo. The Fargo Air Museum includes historic aircraft—many in flying condition. The Hjemkomst Center, across the river in Moorhead, MN, is home to the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and a Hopperstad Stave Church replica. Next, tour a local brewery, founded by four friends, that has grown to serve thirsty customers across several states. Tonight, freely explore Fargo’s eclectic Broadway Street District on your own. B, L
DAY 3–VALLEY CITY/MISSILE CONTROL CENTER/ HOMETOWN HERO
Today, we are hosted in “the City of Bridges” by Mary Lee Nielson, its former mayor. We will view one of the tallest and longest trestle railroad bridges in the country, and the city’s medicine wheel. Don’t forget your camera for the scenic drive up the Sheyenne River Valley, with a stop at Baldhill Dam Overlook where you’ll have a chance to spot white pelicans. Near Cooperstown, explore the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site. Feel like a real missileer as you descend 40 feet below ground to a control center that could have changed the fate of the world with one turn of a key. This afternoon, learn about Carl Ben Eielson, Hatton, ND’s hometown hero, who was known as “America’s Aviator”. Enjoy a special BBQ cookout dinner in Grand Forks. B, L, D
DAY 4–GRAND FORKS/BEE KEEPING/BARN QUILTS/DEVILS LAKE CRUISE
This morning, learn how the people of Grand Forks came together to recover from a devastating flood that nearly wiped out the entire community. We’ll go behind the scenes at the state-ofthe art Ralph Engelstad Arena, visit with a favorite local candy maker, and relax in the city’s stunning Japanese Gardens. Lunch is hosted by the Nelsons, whose family has farmed here since 1880. Todd Nelson shares his insights into growing wheat, and demonstrates his family’s newest project—beekeeping and honey-making. Next, artist Sylvia Daws takes us on a ride through the countryside to show us some of her unique barn quilt designs near Michigan, ND. We’ll cap the evening off with a pontoon boat ride and dinner at a resort on the shores of the ever-rising Devils Lake. B, L, D
DAY 5–FARM MUSEUM/INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN
Step into yesteryear amid the state’s largest collection of antique farm equipment. You’ll love the steam engines, tractors, threshers, autos, clocks and dolls, a country store, a one-room school… there is something for everyone at the Dale and Martha Hawk Museum. From there, head for the Canadian Border, where we will spend the afternoon exploring the International Peace Garden’s 2,300 acres encompassing two pristine freshwater lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, wildflowers, waterfalls, and a variety of wildlife. July’s departure features floral designs, while September’s focuses on fall foliage. Enjoy an included lunch and dinner at the Peace Garden. (Note: Passport or passport card is required.) Overnight in Rugby, the “Geographical Center of North America”. B, L, D
DAY 6–TREE NURSERY/ GARDENDWELLERS FARM/ DAKOTA SUN GARDENS
Go behind the scenes at the only conifer (evergreen) seedling nursery in ND, where about one million trees are seeded, cared for, and sold every year. The trees are used in shelterbelts, living snow fences, wildlife block plantings, and more. Holly and Barry Mawby invite you to lunch on their culinary herb farm. Learn what it takes to sell fresh, sustainably grown herbs to grocery stores and restaurants, and what kinds of fruits can grow in North Dakota. Near Carrington, meet vintners Merleen and Bruce Gussiaas; the award-winning winemakers produce more than 20 wines using local fruits and grapes. Enjoy samples as you relax in the shade and sun gardens on their property. B, L
DAY 7–FAMILY DAIRY/WHITE BUFFALO
Bright and early, we’ll be just in time for the morning milking at the Vandebaf Dairy. Connie and her family explain why they emigrated from the Netherlands to raise more than 1,500 dairy cows in rural North Dakota. The trip concludes with a visit to the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, where you may have the chance to see a rare white buffalo, sacred to many Native American tribes. Heading back home from Fargo, you’ll be amazed by the sites and people of Eastern North Dakota. B
Jul 22-28, 2018 SOLD OUT | Sep 16-22, 2018
Depart/Return: Fargo, ND
Price Per Person: Double: $1,597; Single: $1,955
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138
high low-80s°/ low low-60s° (July)
high low-70s°/ low mid-40s° (September)
Schedule your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home any time after 3:00 p.m. on Day 7.
Starting hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.
Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel.
Light to moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. May not be available at all hotels due to rural nature of this tour.
Hair dryers, coffee makers, iron & ironing board at some locations.
You will be briefly entering Manitoba, Canada on this tour when we visit the International Peace Garden. Upon re-entry into the United States, all passengers must pass through a U.S. Customs and Border Inspection. To expedite this process, County Travel DISCOVERIES is requiring all travelers on this tour to have either a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
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