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Non-stop locations out of Fargo for spring break

A Hollywood Star on the walk of fame in Los Angeles, California.

Spring break is only a mere six weeks away, it’s time to dig your heels in (hopefully into the sand when you’re on spring break) and figure out what your plans are. If you haven’t made the click of your mouse, cementing your spring break plans by buying a plane ticket; Fargo’s Hector International Airport can help persuade you on where to go. With non-stop direct flights to these cities, you’re able to skip the lay-overs and arrive at your destination with only having to walk through two airports.


According to CNTraveler, Atlanta is known for its southern hospitality, heat and a bustling culinary scene. Atlanta was the home of Martin Luther King Jr. and has a current population of over five million people. Outside of the shopping, film business and food scene, there are some must-dos if traveling there.

The Atlanta Beltline is a beloved outdoor attraction for residents. If seeking to get a work out in the morning, you’re in luck. The Beltline is a twenty-two-mile paved path that follows the old railway loop now turned multi-use trail. It connects trails, parks and along the path are sculptures and of course, lively vegetation.

If guided tours are your thing, The Atlanta Street Art Tour is something you may be interested in and is perfect for people who boast having an artistic eye. There are seven different tours you can explore on your own by visiting the Atlanta Street Art map website and scheduling a tour.

If you’re looking for something fancy, the rooftop at Hotel Clermont is one of Atlanta’s most popular boutique hotels. On the fifth floor, you will be met with comfortable outdoor furniture, string lights, and games. All with a spectacular view of the city. It’s a great place to grab a drink and relax.

If you admit to being a caffeine fiend and drinking Coke is part of your routine, or maybe; you have that one relative who’s obsessed with collecting Coco-cola memorabilia, The World of Coca-Cola awaits. Originally invented in Atlanta, the soda boasts a tasting room filled with one hundred different flavors of soda from all over the world.

For those who want to travel back in time, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is the place to do it. The theater was built in 1929 and was originally part of a temple. It still holds its old glamour with the ceiling studded in crystals.

The Buckhead shops are a must for shopaholics, the shopping center covers over six blocks of Atlanta’s high-end neighborhood. Other notable things to do in Atlanta are the Botanical Garden and Georgia Aquarium.


According to TimeOut; Chicago offers iconic meals, views and “late-night shenanigans.”

Lincoln Park Zoo is unique in the sense that it’s free and open to the public. It’s considered to be one of the last free zoos in the entire country, with over 1,000 animals inside.

If looking for a laugh, The Second City is your go-to comedy hot spot. Popular comedians like Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Steve Carell were notable regulars at Second City before reaching stardom.

Of course, what would be a trip to Chicago without a classic stop at a hot dog stand? Hot “G” Dog is a famous hot dog spot in Chicago. Chicago is known for its hot dogs but Hot “G” Dog put’s a crazy twist on them with wild new flavors and ingredients. It’ll be a hot dog unlike you’ve ever had before.


Thrillist, an online media website, put together some of their favorites must-do activities in Dallas including activities like museums, world-class eateries and amusement parks. Dallas has so much to offer, they claim it would be “impossible not to have a good time.”

Trolley Tours are a great inexpensive way to explore Dallas. They run from West Village up through uptown, and then down into downtown Dallas. They are an easy mode of transportation as you can hop off to explore and catch another one practically whenever you’re ready to and are also a budget-friendly option since TrolleyTours boast being free.

If wanting to go out, Deep Ellum is a space filled with rooftop bars, skyline views, dancing, a speakeasy and a piano bar.

Satisfy your thrill junkie and take a trip to Six Flags. With two Texas roller coasters, it’s a great place to let loose and have fun.


Denver sits a mile above the city level and is commonly referred to as the mile-high city. Denver, with a thriving downtown scene and a view of the Rocky Mountains right outside of city limits, offers people a chance to be immersed in a bustling city and within twenty-five minutes be immersed in the mountains.

If hiking isn’t your thing, Mount Evans has an elevation of over fourteen thousand feet and is Colorado’s twelfth highest mountain. There is a paved road all the way up it which allows for a fairly easy drive up.

The Denver Art Museum, Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum and the American Museum of Western Art are also of honorable mention.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a popular spring break destination for all ages. With the elderly in Casinos and young(er) people laying by the pool and experiencing the nightlife, this is a place everybody may love.

Pile in the rented car and take a road trip to see the Grand Canyon. It’s only 4.5 hours away and you can tell everybody you went to see America’s most popular National Park.

For those who have never experienced it, In and Out Burger is a West Coast classic. It’s a California twist on burgers and fries with a secret sauce that people obsess over.

The Bellagio is expensive but you don’t have to stay there to witness the breathtaking fountain show. It can be viewed from most places in the heart of Vegas.

Only in Vegas, the Venetian hotel has its own mote where you can take gondola rides, just like the ones you’ve seen in Italy.

Los Angeles

Warner Bros Studio Hollywood Tour is a classic for LA. It stands as an ode to old and new Hollywood with access to sound stages and film exhibits.

Point Dume is a hiking trail along the pacific coast highway. One side cuts through the mountains in Malibu and the other has the ocean. Point Dume also contains beaches with wildlife like sea lions, and whales.

The Walk of Fame is a classic for LA, with engraved stars of every famous person you could dream of. With over 2,600 stars it is still growing today, and it began back in the 1950s.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

The Twin Cities are home to many who currently go to NDSU, but for those who have never been, it’s actually a pretty cool place to visit.

Minnehaha Falls are the most photographed site in all of Minnesota. There are trails that lead through the park, allowing one to take in the limestone cliffs and beautiful frozen falls.

Catch a show at First Avenue originally part-owned by Prince, Minnesota’s celebrated musician and singer of “Purple Rain.” First Ave is a smaller music venue with painted stars on the side of the exterior with every musician’s name that has performed there.

The Mall of America doesn’t have its name for nothing. Minnesota is home to the largest mall in America with over five hundred stores and is home to an amusement park.


Sanford, Florida has more than 54,000 residents living there. With close proximity to Lake Monroe and St. Johns.

Sail the St. Johns River and Lake Monroe in style by riding with trained captains with years of experience on fleet boats. U-SAIL has been voted one of the best sailing business in all of the U.S.

Disney is located in Orlando, FL and is the most well-known resorts in all of Florida. No matter how old you are, everyone is still a kid at heart at Disney and if you’re a Harry Potter nerd, Universal Studios is calling your name.


Wind Cave Trail is a popular destination and is a mountain regional park with trails and wind-carved caves.

If you enjoy the water, grab a tube and float down the Salt River. Salt River Tubing began as a celebration of the water in the desert and is now a popular activity in Mesa.

Rockin’ R Ranch. This ranch is a replica from the original one built in the 1880s. It’s a western town with live music, a gunfight show and all you can eat BBQ.

To recap there are ten different cities that airlines in Fargo fly direct from; Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Orlando-Sanford and Phoenix-Mesa. While these cities aren’t Cabo or the Bahamas, these cities have lots of fun things to offer and are a budget-friendly option for college students.

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