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2022 Pre-Tour and Post-Tour

    • Wednesday, June 22, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Registration is closed

    Pre-Conference Tour of Fargo-Moorhead
    Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Cost: $50 Registration 
    Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2022

    Noon: Lunch at Bar Down/The Lights in West Fargo

    Build Your Own Tour: The North Dakota Professional Communicators recommend visiting the following places during your self-guided tour. 

    1. Get a selfie with the historic Fargo Theatre sign or see a movie in the art deco-style theater built in 1926.
    2. Visit the boutiques and restaurants in downtown Fargo, within easy walking distance of the Radisson Blu.
    3. Snap a photo with the famous Fargo Woodchipper from the Fargo movie.
    4. The Red River Zoo features exotic and native animals from areas around the world with similar climates to the Red River Valley. See Red Pandas, Pallas Cats, Gray Wolves, Bactrian Camels, and a variety of farm animals up close.
    5. Thirsty? Check out Fargo-Moorhead’s mix of wineries, breweries, and distilleries.
    6. Pop into the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo or the Rourke Art Gallery and Museum across the Red River in downtown Moorhead, Minnesota. Both have free admission!
    7. Grab a cup of joe at Atomic Coffee, an ice cream cone from Silver Lining Creamery, or a donut from Sandy’s Donuts (or all three!) and people watch at Broadway Square. All these destinations are one block or less from the Radisson Blu’s front doors.
    8. The Hjemkomst (pronounced YEM-komst) Center in Moorhead features the historic Hjemkomst Viking Ship, which sailed from the Great Lakes to Norway in 1982. The Center’s other exhibits celebrate the history and culture of Moorhead and Clay County, Minnesota. The grounds of the Hjemkomst Center include the exquisitely detailed Hopperstad Stave Church which is a replica of a church of the same name that’s located in Vik, Norway.
    9. If you’re looking for some Instagram-worthy spots, here’s a map of downtown Fargo’s murals. All of them are within easy walking distance of the Radisson Blu.
    10. Travel back in time to the 1800s and early 1900s at Bonanzaville, USA in West Fargo. The museum and pioneer village includes Fargo’s first house, as well as a schoolhouse, saloon, hotel, church, and mercantile store. A visit to Bonanzaville provides a look into early settlers’ lives to see how they lived and the challenges they faced. 
    11. Seek out the 14 painted bison statues throughout Fargo and take a selfie with each one!
    12. Get more ideas for your self-guided tour in the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s First-timer’s Guide to Fargo Must See Attractions

    2 p.m. Meet at Sheyenne Street Crossing for refreshments
    Meet and Greet with West Fargo Mayor Dardis

    Continue Build Your Own Tour: Select any of the 12 recommendations above.

    5 p.m. Meet at downtown Fargo at Gateway by Epic for a rooftop social with appetizers and desserts.

    Enjoy Fargo nightlife on your own

    Grab a local beer: Fargo has eight craft breweries. Yes, you read that right, eight of them. And the Growler recently named us in their top five weekend drink destinations in the Midwest. All of the area’s breweries make fantastic beer, and constantly have a rotating list of fun events happenings. To mention a few, Fargo Brewing Company was the very first brewery in Fargo and they make some great summer beers. Junkyard Brewing in Moorhead makes experimental and small-batch beers, and Drekker Brewing opened their Viking beer heaven – Brewhalla – near Downtown Fargo. Check this web page for exact addresses.

    Enjoy live music: There’s a good chance whatever brewery you’re at has some live music happening. If it doesn’t and you really want to squeeze one last thing into your trip, you can always find some live music in Fargo. Check out this guide to live music venues in the city to cap off your night with some local sounds.

    Try Fargo’s first craft distillery: Stop in at Proof in downtown Fargo for a cocktail made with their house-made gin, vodka, liqueur, whiskey, or bourbon. Their skilled mixologists will concoct a delicious drink for you from the extensive cocktail list. 414 4th Ave N, Fargo

    • Sunday, June 26, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    Registration is closed

    Post-Conference Tour of North Dakota 
    June 26–28, 2022

    Cost: $525
    Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2022

    DAY 1 - SUNDAY 6/26:

    8 a.m. — Depart Radisson Blu in Fargo
    Travel west via I-94 to Jamestown (100 miles).


    FRONTIER VILLAGE & WORLD’S LARGEST BUFFALO: Get a picture with the big buffalo, Dakota Thunder, and catch a glimpse of the albino buffalos.

    Travel west from Jamestown via I-94 to BISMARCK/MANDAN (1 hr 40 minutes or 102 miles).


    Lunch (restaurant TBD)


    STATE MUSEUM at the NORTH DAKOTA HERITAGE CENTER: Take a tour of the state's largest museum expansion with newly opened galleries. 

    FORT ABRAHAM LINCOLN STATE PARK: Park covering 977-acres located on the Missouri River’s banks south of Mandan.  The history goes back over 300 years when it was home to the Mandan Indians. Site of a military garrison in the mid-to late 1800s. Exhibits relate to the life of the Mandan Indians and the military history of the fort.

    Located in the Fort Lincoln State Park is ON-A-SLANT INDIAN VILLAGE, this village was once home to a thriving Mandan Indian population. Reconstructed earth lodges of the Mandan Indians at On-A-Slant Indian Village.  THE CUSTER HOUSE, tour the home of General George & Libbie Custer. Reconstructed commissary storehouse, granary, barracks, and stables.  This was the last home and command of General George Armstrong Custer. It was from here that Custer and his 7th Cavalry rode to meet their fate at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  FORT MCKEEN BLOCKHOUSES, infantry blockhouses set high on the bluffs over-looking the Missouri River. Same vantage point early cavalry soldiers had as they viewed the wide expanse of the Missouri River.

    Check in at Bismarck hotel (TBD)


    5:30 p.m. — Dinner in downtown Bismarck (restaurant TBD)  

    8-9:30 p.m. — Sunset cruise on LEWIS AND CLARK RIVERBOAT. The explorers never had it so easy, but you can take a relaxing riverboat cruise on the Missouri River.

    DAY 2 – MONDAY 6/27:

    7:30 a.m. — Depart Bismarck
    Travel west via I-94 to Medora (2 hrs or 130 miles).

    *If time allows, stop and take a pic with Salem Sue on the way! (35 minutes or 30 miles from Bismarck)

    ENCHANTED HIGHWAY – The Enchanted Highway is populated with amazingly large metal sculptures of a family, grasshoppers, pheasants and more. The “folk art” figures are spaced along a stretch of highway from the I-94 south to Regent.


    10 a.m. — *Note the time changes to MST time zone in Dickinson.
    Travel west from Dickinson via I-94 to MEDORA (35 minutes or 35 miles)

    Painted Canyon Visitor Center located at Exit 32 on I-94. Panoramic views, visitor center, picnic area and restroom.


    Explore Medora Area: Medora is the gateway to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  This authentic Old West cow-town was founded in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores and named for his wife. Where to eat in Medora? Casual to up-scale and home cooking!


    THEORDORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK – SOUTH UNIT: North Dakota Badlands provide the scenic backdrop to this park.  Named for the 26th President, it memorializes his contribution to conservation.  The loop drive could provide a view of buffalo, deer, elk, big-horn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dog towns.


    Evening: PITCHFORK FONDUE: A unique western steak meal served at the Tjaden Center on the bluffs overlooking Medora.

    MEDORA MUSICAL: Broadway-style musical show in spectacular Burning Hills Amphitheatre. The surrounding hills resound with music and laughter at this fast-paced, song-and-dance professional extravaganza. 

    Head to Dickinson after the Musical. Travel east via I-94 to Dickinson (30 minutes or 30 miles).

    Check in at Dickinson hotel (TBD)

    DAY 3 – TUESDAY 6/28:

    Breakfast at Brew Coffee, located in Teddy Roosevelt’s former church.

    PRAIRIE OUTPOST PARK & BADLANDS DINOSAUR MUSEUM: Several historic buildings, including a general store, post office, church. Germans from Russia stone house, Norwegian stabbur and veteran’s chapel. The nearby Badlands Dinosaur Museum features an evolving exhibit of fossils and minerals, a public preparation lab, and a vibrant research and fieldwork program.

    UKRAINIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE: Preserving, promoting and displaying Ukrainian culture in North Dakota.


    FLUFFY FIELDS VINEYARD & WINERY: Winery with daily lunch and dessert specials, along with a lite bite food menu.

    Travel east on I-94 to Fargo (290 miles or 4 hours)

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