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Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

Tweed Heads...
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Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

Hi there, I am doing a USA road trip in May 2019 and part of that trip is driving from Sioux City SD to Fargo ND. I am not looking to necessarily take the fastest route, but I am looking for ideas on any points of interest or scenic aspects that I should consider stopping at on the route.

To give you some perspective we would enjoy having say 3 stops along the way for morning snack - coffee stop / lunch / afternoon snack – coffee stop. Things like quirky diners, pretty towns and the like that are well known to the locals (for great coffee / milk shakes / key lime pie / lemon meringue pie / burgers or any other food treats) and truly American as we are Aussies looking to discover real America. We also love looking around the odd souvenir shop looking for novelty licence plates which I collect and other unique and original things.

I'd also like to get some scenic options instead of driving on motorways all day as long as it does not add too much time to the journey. Maybe add 1-2 hours maximum to overall journey. Might need to end up a balance between driving part on Interstate and part on scenic roads, so happy for you experts to throw up lots of options and please let me know if you have actually driven these routes or whether it's something you have heard about.

I don't mind quick photo stops either for waterfalls, views, scenic outlooks etc but must be only a short walk maybe 5 minutes max from where car is parked (no hiking).

I will have a normal car with my wife.

We will have 2 nights in Fargo so we don’t need time to actually see anything when we arrive in Fargo as we can do that the following day.

Thanks, Andrew

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Pitman, New Jersey
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1. Re: Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

Since you are going to be travelling through many states, I would also post this question on our road trips forum.

Tweed Heads...
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2. Re: Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

Great suggestion, I have not considered that and I appreciate the tip.

Fremont, California
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3. Re: Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

Its 5 hour drive from Sioux City to Fargo.

Some of the things you could consider doing is:

1) Drive to Sioux Falls and see the falls area.

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This is more like a city park - and there is a nice observation area (i.e. no long hikes.) Its worth seeing.

2) Drive from Sioux Falls and see the Corn Palace at Mitchell (yes this is out of your way but you have all day).

http://www.cornpalace.org/

3) Drive from Mitchell, South Dakota where the Corn Palace is and drive to Buffalo North Dakota.

This is where the national buffalo museum is.

https://www.buffalomuseum.com/

4) From Jamestown to Fargo distance is then 90 minutes.

If you still have time to see things,, the Bonanzaville Museum on the way to Fargo is interesting to see.

This can take several hours.

http://www.bonanzaville.org/

On your full day in Fargo, be sure to go to the Viking Ship Museum

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

and I also very much liked their small Red River Zoo.

https://redriverzoo.org/

I would ask on the Fargo forum of any events going on when you are there. We were there when they had their June barbecue festival which was awesome.

If you want to do a direct drive from Sioux City to Fargo, you can, but these are some of the more interesting things to see in that area.

Edited: 25 May 2018, 01:01
Fremont, California
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4. Re: Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

Note: Its very fast drive on the roads in North Dakota and easy to drive. As such, its easy drive from the buffalo museum to Fargo. Summer time travel is easy. You won't find a lot of other roads in North Dakota (i.e. to get off the main routes.) Fargo is fun and if you need something to do in the evening, the historic movie theater in downtown Fargo is fun (and close to restaurants.)

https://redriverzoo.org/

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6. Re: Sioux City IA to Fargo ND (Road Trip Ideas)

In Fargo, we enjoyed stopping at the Visitor's Center. They have the wood chipper and memorabilia from the movie Fargo. You can get your picture taken with the earflap hats which were shown in Fargo. There is also an amazing restaurant called Spitfire. It serves BBQ meals, excellent rotisserie chicken, and great sides.

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