Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota
By Chris Flagler

Welcome to Grand Forks, ND! Once a favorite destination for French fur traders, Grand Forks is now a blossoming cultural center of The Grand Cities area. The city is a premier destination for students, blossoming industry, and Americana culture. Located on the western bank of the Red River of the North, Grand Forks made news when it flaunted its historical legacy of flooding during the Red River Flood of 1997.

Serviced by Grand Forks International Airport (GFK) to the general public, the city is also home to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Book your next vacation or business trip through for a smooth and painless experience, just click this link ( to start your search for low pricing on airfare. can also assist with hotels; you can click here ( to start your search for accommodations.

Grand Forks is home to The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and the student body gives the city a young and bustling feel which can be felt at the various nightlife destinations, landmarks, restaurants and charming local haunts. The city also has entertainment options for those seeking a more sophisticated stay in Grand Forks. The North Dakota Museum of Art stakes its claim on the UND campus, and brings many regional artists’ talents into the public eye. Along with the Museum of Art, Grand Forks is also home to the North Dakota Ballet Company, as well as the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

Ice hockey fans will be in good company of any visit to The Grand Cities area, and the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux are always sure to draw a crowd. A lack of professional sports teams gives the University a very strong fan base, with the Fighting Sioux and the UND football program commanding a religious following. The UND men’s hockey team has been crowned champion of the Frozen Four hockey title an astonishing seven times and is competitive at the NCAA division 1 level.

Grand Forks is a very navigable city due in large part to its public transportation infrastructure. The AmTrak railway and the BNSF Railway both service the city as well as several bus lines. U.S. Route 2, Interstate 29, and U.S. Highway 81 all give Grand Forks the ability to act as a travel hub to the Central United States.

The city of Grand Forks, ND is home to some fourteen parks, which adds to the cities family-friendly environment. Tennis is also not hard to find with the cities’ twenty eight courts. If golf is more your style then a choice of two nine-hole courses, an eighteen-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. If the upper-crust of society is what you seek then perhaps the Grand Forks Country Club on the south end of the city can suit your fancy. The summers of Grand Forks put the cities natural beauty on display, and spending time outside is something everyone can enjoy.

The pleasant summers give forth to cold winters due to the city’s place in the northern United States. Grand Forks is at its best when the weather gets cold, with the Fighting Sioux Hockey Team and flocks of families building snowmen out and about so don’t forget to pack a good coat. From the weekly farmer’s markets in the summer, to the snow flaked city square in the winter, Grand Forks has all the charm of an American Heartland city. The quaint, small town feel hasn’t been lost in all of the cities recent success and Grand Forks is sure to be a pleasant destination for anyone lucky enough to make it their destination.


  • 1. North Dakota Museum of Art
  • 2. Ralph Englestad Arena
  • 3. Japanese Gardens
  • 4. Memorial Park
  • 5. Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra
  • 6. Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • 7. Alerus Center
  • 8. Turtle River State Park
  • 9. Flood Memorial Monument
  • 10. Red Ray Lanes Casino


  • 1. Family Day - March
  • 2. Annual Easter Egg Scramble - March
  • 3. Annual UND Writers Conference - March
  • 4. Prime Steel Car Show - April
  • 5. Annual Rhubarb Festival - June
  • 6. Grand Cities Art Fest - June
  • 7. Greater Grand Forks Fair - June
  • 8. Annual East Grand Forks Arts & Crafts Fair - October