Most times folks stop at a visitor center simply to gather travel and tourism information for the area. Once in a while, though, a visitor center is an attraction in itself, offering much more than travel and tourism brochures and maps. The Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center in Fargo, North Dakota, is one of those.
Fargo was the first stop on our recent road trip through North Dakota. Although we already had information on the city and other parts of North Dakota, we were told we needed to stop at the Fargo Welcome Center for a photo op with the woodchipper. The what?! If you’ve seen the movie Fargo, you’ll recognize the original woodchipper from the movie. The staff at the Fargo Welcome Center gave us the proper hats to wear and were more than happy to snap a picture of us with the woodchipper.
Besides the woodchipper, the Fargo Welcome Center also displays a copy of the original Fargo screenplay.
Celebrity Walk of Fame
Outside the welcome center, we spent some time walking around the Celebrity Walk of Fame, checking out the hand prints, footprints and signatures of celebrities ranging from Art Linkletter to Kiss, over one hundred in all, including Bobby Vee whose hometown is Fargo. The Celebrity Walk of Fame was started in 1989 by local printer Mike Stevens, who funded the first 95 celebrities. It was moved to the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center in 2000.
More about the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center
The Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center is unusual in that covers cities in two states: Fargo and West Fargo in North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. It makes sense that they promote themselves together given their proximity to each other. If you don’t pay attention to the bridge over the Red River, which separates the two states, you wouldn’t know which city or state you were in.
The Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center is located at 2001 44th Street South in Fargo, North Dakota (Exit 348 on Interstate 94). Hours vary by season, but the Celebrity Walk of Fame is available 24/7. Check the website for visitor center hours during the season you visit, as well as for other area travel and tourism information.
Accommodations: We stayed at the MainStay Suites during our visit to Fargo. Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor
Disclosure: My visit to Fargo was part of a road trip through North Dakota hosted by North Dakota Tourism. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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2 thoughts on “Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center: An Attraction in Itself”
Definitely a destination in itself! I love it when Welcome Centers are full of fun.
Absolutely, Sara. I come across fun welcome centers like that every now and then and love that I can get a sense of the area right there.