Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States of America
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Grand Forks is a city on the up, with a lot of money and energy having been expended in recent years to renovate and rejuvenate its downtown area into a thriving hub of arts, culture, and shopping. As well as the economic boost, this former agricultural city is also home to a wide variety of sports, and takes its leisure activities seriously with plenty of hiking and biking trails, as well as its well-kept parks, at the center of its community planning.

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One of the biggest draws in the region is – unsurprisingly – the large Columbia Mall with over 75 stores under one roof, comprising everything from department stores to sports, boutique gifts, and beauty. There's also a number of dining options so you can refuel in the middle of your splurge, and a soft play area for children to take their mind off all that retail therapy. One of the area's biggest entertainment hubs, since it was opened in 2001, is the Alerus Center which plays host to American Football, soccer, and a wide range of concerts and exhibitions, drawing globally renowned musicians and big names to put on a show for locals. Another major entertainment complex is the Ralph Engelstad Arena which also opened in 2001 and plays host to hugely popular ice hockey, basketball, and a number of live events and gigs starring some of the biggest names in music.

Hotels in Grand Forks

There's no shortage of accommodation available in Grand Forks, and while you won't find the high-end luxury of some bigger metropolitan areas you won't struggle to find well-kept and amenity-packed options. Hotels in Grand Forks tend to be in the mid-range price bracket, and often feature complimentary WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. Many of the hotels will also feature on-site swimming pools, spas, and fitness facilities in addition. If you don't mind heading a little out of center, your budget will stretch even further in a motel or travel inn on the edges of town.

Where to stay

You'll want to stay in the center of Grand Forks. The city's on the banks of the Red River Valley which is an impressive, if at times problematic, part of life here. Having recovered from the flooding in the late 1990s, the downtown area is a bustling place with high-end shops, entertainment facilities, and plenty of opportunities for browsing. You'll soon discover there's still a wide range of historical buildings in the center, as well as the new developments, and between the farmers' markets and growing art scene it's clear this is a place where new and old, big business and bespoke go hand in hand.

How to get to Grand Forks

If you're traveling from within the United States, your first port of call will be Grand Forks Station, which sees a wide range of trains run to and from the rest of the country. The rail network can take you in any direction, with trains running to New York, California or throughout the American heartlands, and can be a great way of exploring more of the country. Grand Forks also has an airport, with flights to and from Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando a quicker option than travelling by railway. Some hotels offer a shuttle service, but taxis are available and inexpensive.

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