Minot is a crew change point on the Empire Builder and a major intermediate servicing point where the train is inspected and fueled. Minot is North Dakota's railroad capital being not only on the Northern Transcontinental route of BNSF (the route of the Empire Builder) but also on the main line of Canadian Pacific between Vancouver, BC and Chicago.
Minot is the county seat of Ward County and is home of Minot State University.
Minot has rebounded following devastating floods of 2011 and topped by an exploding energy boom in the nearby Bakken oil field. New hotels, new dining and many activities keep you occupied both day and night during an extended stay. It’s a college town, a boomtown, a small town and a big town … all at the same time. This vibrant city, home of the annual North Dakota State Fair in July, also features Roosevelt Park Zoo, Dakota Territory Air Museum, an art museum, symphony, opera and a number of local cultural organizations. The annual Norsk Hostfest is the largest festival of its kind in North America and is a tribute the area’s Scandinavian heritage. The Scandinavian Heritage Park is home to a beautiful Stave Church.