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At the junction of the Red River and Red Lake River lies Grand Forks, the third largest city in North Dakota. Settled as a trading post in the 17th century, today it is home to the University of North Dakota with a world renowned aerospace program and the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Being a college town, Grand Forks has lots of galleries, museums, and theater companies. Noteworthy galleries are the Muddy Waters Clay Center with its beautiful hand thrown pottery, and Browning Arts for distinctive paintings, prints, jewelry and fiber arts. The North Dakota Museum of Art on the university campus focuses on contemporary art dating to the 1970s. ...

At the junction of the Red River and Red Lake River lies Grand Forks, the third largest city in North Dakota. Settled as a trading post in the 17th century, today it is home to the University of North Dakota with a world renowned aerospace program and the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Being a college town, Grand Forks has lots of galleries, museums, and theater companies. Noteworthy galleries are the Muddy Waters Clay Center with its beautiful hand thrown pottery, and Browning Arts for distinctive paintings, prints, jewelry and fiber arts. The North Dakota Museum of Art on the university campus focuses on contemporary art dating to the 1970s. Heritage Village's exhibits and artifacts show what life was like here in the 1800s. The Myra Museum and Campbell House is a living history museum depicting the progress of the area from the 19th to the 20th centuries. The museum features cultural and ethnic displays. The 1879 Campbell House was built by one of the first homesteader families and is filled with original Campbell family heirlooms. Also on the grounds is the first Post Office (1869) built in Grand Forks, and the Lustron house, the first post World War II prefab house built in North Dakota. For some green space hit the Greenway, 2,200 acres winding along the two rivers where you can hike, walk, bike, kayak, canoe, golf or fish.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, when the prairies are engulfed in wildflowers