Fittingly, one of the most popular places to do just that is in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Hiking, camping and wildlife viewing are just a few of the ways to get back to nature in this beautifully scenic park. Hike, bike or horseback ride along the Maah Daah Hey Trail, an impressive 144-mile trail that travels north along the Little Missouri River.
North Dakota is home to great scenic drives all across the state, including two national Scenic Byways. Open roads, gorgeous scenery, wildlife, waterways in their most natural environments, and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic attractions are all found along North Dakota’s Scenic Byways and Backways. Visitors are encouraged to get out and explore the wonders that beckon from each route. Don’t miss the world’s largest Holstein cow in New Salem, the world’s largest buffalo in Jamestown, or the large metal sculptures along the Enchanted Highway. By car, motorcycle or even bike, these designated routes are your key to the state’s best vistas and experiences.
In North Dakota, history and heritage are found around every turn. Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park to learn what life was like in a frontier military fort, then get a glimpse of Native American culture at the park’s On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village. In New Town stop in the MHA Interpretive Center, an expansive multipurpose facility and museum that interprets the history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. Marvel at the dancing, drumming and pageantry of ancient tribal traditions at the United Tribes International Powwow, held each September in the state capital of Bismarck. While there, journey back in time 600 million years at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, this newly expanded museum traces North Dakota’s history from prehistoric times to the present day.
Visit Fargo to view vintage and modern aircraft at the Fargo Air Museum or stop by the Cass County Historical Society Bonanzaville which consists of 40 historic buildings and more than 400,000 artifacts. Immerse yourself in Scandinavian culture at North America’s largest such festival, the Norsk Høstfest, held in Minot each fall. Savor Scandinavian delicacies while enjoying authentic music and entertainment. Or experience down-home American fun at the Medora Musical, a summertime musical extravaganza presented in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater set against the backdrop of the majestic North Dakota Badlands.
Nestled in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba, the International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions. Thousands of tourists flock to this unique tribute to peace and friendship between the people of the United States of America and the people of Canada. It is “Like No Other Place on Earth,” a perfect and memorable retreat, where people and nature meet.
No matter where your travels take you, there is always a place to stay and dine nearby. To learn more visit: www.NDTourism.com or www.VisitTheUSA.com.