East Central Sampler


This sample itinerary is best in the spring, summer and fall months, but can be customized for any time of year.


Here‘s a tour with a little bit of everything! Through the east-central part of North Dakota, you’ll taste wine, explore gardens, view wildlife and discover the innovations of an opera house and Cold War missile site.


Fargo is home to the West Acres Shopping Center, a four-diamond restaurant at the boutique Hotel Donaldson, and the chocolate dynasty of Carol Widman’s fourth generation candy company.


Day 1


8 – 8:45 am

Walk the Celebrity Walk of Fame-Fargo or strut your stuff among the handprints, footprints and signatures of more than 110 celebrities. Enjoy a good cup of coffee and a warm welcome from the staff of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau.


8:45 – 10:30 am

Travel to Valley City’s welcome center, the Rosebud Visitor Center. They provide interpretation for the Sheyenne Valley National Scenic Byway, the North Dakota Agricultural Hall of Fame and a Rosebud superintendent’s railcar.


10:30 – 1:30 pm

Bring 2,500 stars closer to you at the Valley City State University Planetarium. It is ADA accessible and stargazing at its best. Enjoy lunch at the locals’ favorite pizza place: Pizza Corner Pizza, a locally owned business.


1:30 – 4:00 pm

The community of Cooperstown was in the middle for the Cold War years in North Dakota. The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile SHS included the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November 33 Launch Facility. Check out both sites for the whole story.


4 – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a catered meal and pair it with some delicious wines made from local and regional fruits and grapes. Dakota Sun Gardens and Winery, just outside of Carrington, has group meeting facilities among the relaxing and beautifully designed gardens.


6:00 – 8:30 pm

It’s time for the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts or better known as DPRCA Opera House in New Rockford. The Opera House presents a full year of theater productions, including music, dance and art programs. Select the date and times that work for your group and sit back to enjoy the performance.


Day 2


Enjoy the scenic route and back roads of North Dakota’s heartland and America’s fly zone. It includes six distinct birding drives featuring white pelicans, sharp-tailed grouse and other grassland birds.


10 – 11:30 am

The Midland Continental Railway Depot and Peggy Lee Exhibit-Wimbledon showcases the history of the depot and high school home of music legend Peggy Lee. Listen to her sultry songs and find out who was behind the voice of “Peg” in the movie Lady and the Tramp.


11:30 – 1:00 pm

Enjoy a great meal at one of the restaurants in Jamestown prior to your visit to the World’s Largest Buffalo.


1 – 3:00 pm

In a single stop, you will find several attractions all located in one area. First visit the White Buffalo and World’s Largest Buffalo. This larger-than-life buffalo is not the only buffalo in the herd. A rare albino bison is roaming in the area. Visit the Frontier Village with original buildings of a frontier town and take in the National Buffalo Museum, which is dedicated to the buffalo.

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