From Fairmont, the major city of Minneapolis - St. Paul is 110 miles (177 kilometers) to the northeast.
To really immerse yourself in the Southwest Minnesota way of life, take your adventures a bit further afield and visit the Fairmont's surrounding area. Saint James, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the south, and Estherville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast of Fairmont are good spots to check out if you have the time.
Rent a vehicle and spend some time in Albert Lea, a shopping and transport center for the region, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) away from Fairmont. The city has plenty of tourist attractions, such as Green Lea Golf Course, Albert Lea City Arena and Freeborn County Historical Society. Albert Lea has lots to offer those willing to stay for a day or two. Story Lady Doll and Toy Museum, Myre Big Island State Park and Riverland Community College - Albert Lea Campus are a couple of other sights sure to delight.
The vicinity of Fairmont is the perfect place to get outdoors, get active and partake in winter sports. When the temperature falls, hop into your snow gear and try skiing or cross-country skiing.
When the time comes to say farewell to Fairmont, head to the nearest major airport located in Mason City, 65 miles (105 kilometers) away.