What makes Greater Grand Forks simply grand? It may be savoring a chocolate-covered potato chip from the legendary Widman’s Candy Shop or biting into home-grown, freshly roasted corn-on-the-cob at the downtown farmers’ market.
It might mean finding a tournament-winning fishing rod and reel or the coolest snowboard ever at one of our large sporting goods retailers. Maybe it’s discovering an unbelievable bargain at a big-name retailer or just what you’ve been looking for in one of our funky boutiques.
It could be cheering on our Division I football team in the region’s finest sports stadium, experiencing hockey night at a world renowned arena, having a splashing good time at the biggest water park in North Dakota or simply in-line skating along a scenic winding river trail before relaxing in a comfortable four-star hotel.
Whatever your preference, everyone’s guaranteed a great time! So, what would a typical day be like for a visitor to Greater Grand Forks? Well, you could start the morning with a round of golf at King’s Walk, our 18-hole Arnold Palmer PGA signature course, and then enjoy lunch at Eagle’s Crest Grill located in the club house. Next, journey to Columbia Mall or the Marketplace for some big-box power shopping. Our revived downtown district has several specialty stores in addition to Cabela’s, a 60,000 square foot retailer featuring hunting and fishing equipment and outdoor gear, along with a waterfall, 10,000 gallon aquarium and several game mounts located throughout.
And don’t forget to take a tour of the fabulous Ralph Engelstad Arena, the amazing $104 million home of the National Champion University of North Dakota (UND) Men’s Hockey team. If you’re feeling a little hungry, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of our local favorites: the eclectic Blue Moose Bar & Grill has a large outdoor patio overlooking the river and a menu that features Norwegian barbecue ribs and a variety of beers from around the world. Head back to the hotel, change into your green-and-white, then go cheer on the UND football team at the Alerus Center, or maybe experience an exciting sprint car race at the River Cities Speedway. When the stars come out, the fun continues at the trendy Level 10 Lounge, where there’s plenty of mood, martinis and music.
After a tiring, yet fun-filled day/night, it’s time to kick back and relax. Our hotels always provide a comfortable bed and assistance from some of the most qualified, friendly staff you’ll find anywhere. One of our newest additions is the incredible Canad Inns Destination Center. This 201 room hotel – complete with luxurious suites, three restaurants, one nightclub and a huge arcade room – lays claim to the largest water park in the state.
Whether a visitor travels half a world to get here or lives in the next town over, they’ll be welcomed with first-class service, facilities and hospitality. Their first trip to Greater Grand Forks definitely won’t be their last. We invite you to come and see for yourself how simply grand we are!