Details: Fargo, N.D.
If you don't want to travel with Steinbeck, United Airlines has connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Fargo, N.D., from $440 round trip.
Where to stay
Rooms in this boutique hotel feature work by local artists - lots of cornfields in black and white - and there's a "sky prairie" (think garden plus hot tub) on the roof. Rooms from $159.
201 Fifth St. N.
At 18 stories, the tallest building in town. Rooms from $104.