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The Grand Forks Area

The Grand Forks, ND and the neighboring city of East Grand Forks, MN come together to form the Greater Grand Forks area; also known as the Grand Cities. Appropriately named, Grand Forks is located at the fork of Red River and Red Lake River.  

Historically, before the Europeans settled the area, the Grand Forks area was a Native American meeting and trading post and was called Les Grandes Fourches by French explorers and the fur trading community.  Alexander Griggs, a steamboat captain who's boat froze in the Red River during a voyage, founded this border city in 1870.  With no other choice, Griggs and his crew setup camp in the area.  The first Grand Forks United States post office was established the same year.  5 years later, the community was platted and in 1881 incorporated  

The Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway helped foster rapid growth between 1880 and 1887.  This growth contnued on throughout the 1900's with further development south and west of downtown; and the addition of the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which was a major boost to the job market and population.

Grand Forks is the home of the historical University of North Dakota - the oldest institution in North Dakota; established in 1883, 6 years before North Dakota became an official state independent of the Dakota Territory.  The various departments attract hundreds of visitors to the Grand Forks area with the many events held throughout each year.

Hotel Services & Amenities

An overnight stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites Grand Forks means a comfortable rest on ergonomic-friendly pillowtop beds; convenient free access to technology for all your business needs such as wireless high-speed Internet, local calls, and business center, s; and use of our fitness center and spa to stay on track with your excercise program or relax your muscles after an intense day.

Meeting space is also available if you need to make arrangements for group meetings or company events.  Our Bright Side Market is available if you need to pick up commonly forgotten hygienic items or are craving a quick snack late night snack and don't feel like going out. In the morning, head down to the lobby area and fill your plate with some delicious items from our Free Bright Side Breakfast bar.   

Nearby Grand Forks Attractions

The University of North Dakota alone, is a source of many area attractions each year with all of it's departmental events held at the Alerus Center, Ralph Engelstad Arena, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and the Chester Fritz Auditorium.  If you are on a college roadtrip or planning on visiting other colleges in the area, Lake Region State College and North Dakota State University are also within driving distance.

Friends and family visiting patients at the Altru Hospital can enjoy a short 1.8 mile stay from your loved one while in town staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Grand Forks hotel.  Out of town visotors to Aurora Clinic and Altru Cancer Center, Altru Health Systems, Riverview Health will also find our hotel a great convenience.

There are an awesome selection of restaurants within 1-4 miles of the hotel including  Rhombus Guys Pizza, The Toasted Frog, Texas Roadhouse, Amazing Grains, Sanders 1907, JL Beers, The Red Pepper, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ground Round, and Ruby Tuesday.  If shopping is on yoru agenda, you'll find Town Square, Columbia Mall Shopping Center, Grand Cities Mall, and Super Target nearby.