Valley City offers a variety of casual restaurants, cozy coffee shops and trendy boutiques, and even a craft brewery in its welcoming downtown. Only a one-hour drive from Fargo, it is also easy to get away for many more urban experiences.
The area is especially great for enthusiasts of outdoor scenery and activity. With the Sheyenne River winding its way through town, Valley City is the northern gateway to the beautiful Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. This river is a favorite for kayaking in North Dakota. Also following the river, the North Country National Scenic Trail comes through Valley City on its way westward from New York. Nearby Lake Ashtabula provides opportunities for fishing and boating, as well as more trails for hiking and biking.