When you take a romantic weekend getaway in North Dakota, you can look forward to partaking in water sports at Lake Sakakawea in Garrison, as well as snowshoeing excursions in Valley City. Take advantage of the cold weather if you enjoy outdoor wintertime activities, or snuggle up in front of a cozy fireplace with your sweetheart at your North Dakota vacation rental. If you visit the state during the summer, you can enjoy a romantic sunset boat cruise on the lake. Book a cozy cabin or luxurious condo in one of these North Dakota cities when planning your next weekend getaway.

1. Garrison

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Plan your romantic weekend getaway in Garrison, and spend your days swimming in Lake Sakakawea or snow skiing at Fort Stevenson State Park. A vacation rental in Garrison puts you in close proximity to the Fort Stevenson Guardhouse Interpretive Center, a great location for inquisitive couples to explore. You’ll also be close to Heritage Park Museum and the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame Museum. If you enjoy animals, stroll hand-in-hand through the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. For a bit of nature, rent a boat from the Fort Stevenson State Park concession, and enjoy the sunset from the water.

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2. Fargo

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One of the most popular tourist cities in North Dakota, Fargo is an ideal vacation destination if you want to be in the midst of big-city action. Foster your mutual love for the arts with tours of the Plains Art Museum, or bulk up your knowledge of North Dakota’s history at Fargo Air Museum and Bonanzaville USA. When the weather is warm, take a stroll through Red River Zoo to see exotic animals. When the weather is cold, bundle up and go cross-country skiing or tubing in Lindenwood Park. Top off your weekend with a date night at the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, or head to Fargo Theatre to enjoy an interactive performance.

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3. Medora

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Choose Medora for your romantic weekend getaway, and you’ll be able to step back into time and court your mate as if it were the 1800s. This quaint North Dakota city, built along the North Pacific Railway, offers an insightful look at history with guided walking tours of the historic downtown. Walk hand-in-hand through the city streets to see the Chateau de Mores, the Von Hoffman House and the Billings County Courthouse Museum. For some outdoor fun, go horseback riding on the Maah Daah Hey Trail, or rent bikes from Dakota Cyclery and explore Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Take a scenic drive to see the Badlands before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental.

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4. Bismarck

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Nestle in with your honey in a vacation rental along the east bank of the Missouri River when you make Bismarck your vacation destination. This thriving river city is the state capital of North Dakota and offers plenty of historical sites for lovebirds to explore together. Spend some time touring the Camp Hancock Historic Site and Chief Looking’s Village Historic Site to see how settlers lived, or take your romantic adventures outdoors with a stroll along the trails of Beaver Lake State Park. When the weather is warm, reserve a spot on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat and watch the sunset.

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5. Valley City

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Wine and dine your loved one on the bank of the winding Sheyenne River when you book a vacation rental in Valley City. With close proximity to the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, you can admire the fall foliage or the snowy trees during a romantic scenic drive. Explore the North Country National Scenic Trail with a leisurely walk or an invigorating hike. When the weather turns cold, sled or snowshoe with your sweetie at Fort Ransom State Park. Warm up with a dinner date at the City Lights Supper Club Lounge.

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6. Grand Forks

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Opt for a vacation rental that offers picturesque views of the Red River and Red River Valley. Grand Forks is a historical town that features a thriving arts community, allowing you and your sweetheart to take part in a cultural experience by watching a performance at the Burtness Theatre or Empire Arts Center. For some outdoor fun, rent a watercraft from Boathouse on the Red, and spend time kayaking or canoeing on the Red River. Escape the harsh winter winds while remaining active with your partner with tickets to a sporting event at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. When hunger strikes, head to Sakura Japanese Steakhouse for an intimate dinner for two.

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7. Walhalla

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Walhalla, a North Dakota city near the Canadian border, offers ample cozy cabin vacation rentals where you can bundle up by the fire after snowboarding and tubing at the Frost Fire Lodge and Ski area. A romantic weekend in the summer affords you and your sweetheart a chance to make a splash in the Pembina River with canoes, kayaks, or tubes rented from North Dakota Parks and Recreation. You can also go hiking, biking, or horseback riding at Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area or Tetrault Woods State Forest.

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8. Jamestown

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Treat the love of your life to a weekend filled with the peaceful sounds of the prairie in Jamestown. This historic town is ideal for couples who want to learn more about wildlife. Start your adventures with the Jamestown Talking Trail cellphone-guided tour that offers tidbits about historic sites such as the National Buffalo Museum, where you can snap a photo with the world’s largest buffalo monument. Enjoy the cool spring and fall weather with a romantic walk on the Trail of Louis L’Amour. Before retreating to your vacation rental for the evening, stop in at Fred’s Den or Shady’s for some classic American cuisine.

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