Fargo

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Introduction

North Dakota's largest and most metropolitan city, Fargo is located on the state's eastern border, across the Red River from Moorhead, Minnesota. Fargo will appeal to those who like beautiful architecture, including Victorian houses and buildings in art moderne and other distinctive styles. One classic art moderne structure is the 1926 Fargo Theatre, with its graceful, curved lines and neon lighting.

Fargo is home to Fargo Depot, preserved as it was in the days of stagecoach travel. Another historic site is Bonanzaville, USA. This re-created frontier town and museum allows visitors to experience a small community of the late 19th century. There are some 40 buildings, ranging from a sod house and a barber shop to an antique-car museum. Bonanzaville, USA, celebrates Pioneer Days in late August.

Nowhere but in Fargo will you find a museum dedicated to baseball great Roger Maris, a Fargo native. The museum (in the West Acres Shopping Center) contains memorabilia pertaining to the slugger's career, including items from 1961 when Maris set the record (since broken) for home runs in a single season. Fargo is also home to the Plains Art Museum, the Fargo Air Museum (featuring a World War II Japanese Zero that still flies) and the Red River Zoo (a leading breeder of Chinese red pandas).

You'll also find a number of casinos around town (especially in the larger hotels). For nighttime entertainment, check out who's playing at the 28,000-seat FargoDome—it sometimes attracts big-name acts. 200 mi/320 km east of Bismarck.

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