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Published July 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: Getaways for the girls


In 2011, Forbes Magazine named Stillwater, Minn., one of America’s prettiest towns.

(Don Trueman/Paramount Pixels)

  • In 2011, Forbes Magazine named Stillwater, Minn., one of America’s prettiest towns.   <br /><br />(Don Trueman/Paramount Pixels)
  • Amanda Vogt and her friends stop for a meal at the German restaurant Schwarzwald in Park Rapids, Minn. Pictured are Viann Williams, Natalie Garceau, Karen Brown, Renee Fosmark, Vogt and Maxine Feldt. The group took a motorcycle trip from Grand Forks to Grand Rapids, Minn. (Special to The Forum)
  • Vogt didn’t let being a nursing mother stop her from taking the trip. She packed her breast pump in one of her bags. (Special to The Forum)
  • Grand Forks’ Japanese Gardens in Sertoma Park are a popular place for mediation and relaxation. (David Lee/North Dakota Tourism)
  • Nestled in the Badlands, the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, N.D., has a seven-story open-air escalator. (Beth Wischmeyer / Special to The Forum)
  • Visitors tour the Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minn. (Photos special to The Forum)
  • The wine cave at Carlos Creek Winery houses barrels of aging red wine. (Special to The Forum)