Sandstone formations in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Horseback riding in Little Missouri State Park
Geese in Flight sculpture along the Enchanted Highway, a collection of local art in Regent
Colorful flora at the International Peace Garden on the border between North Dakota and Canada
Bison grazing at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
A sculpture honoring Seaman, Meriwether Lewis’ dog, at Fort Mandan State Recreation Area
Learning about pioneer history at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Photographing mural art in Fargo
Native American tribal members at the Crow Flies High State Recreation Area
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From culture to adventure, experience legendary North Dakota
Warm Welcomes, Epic Events
There’s a common thread running through North Dakota – friendliness. In fact, “Dakota” is a Sioux Indian word meaning “friend.” This warmth extends throughout the many cultures who call the state home. Two of the state’s largest events are celebrations of cultures. In September, head to Bismarck for the United Tribes International Powwow, one of the nation’s largest powwows. It draws thousands of spectators to watch 1,500 Native American dancers and drummers from 70 tribes across the USA and Canada. Typically held in early October, the Norsk Høstfest is another awesome cultural experience. Held in Minot, it is the largest Scandinavian festival in the world outside of Scandinavia, complete with a Viking village, Nordic kitchen and plenty of food and craft vendors.
Touring North Dakota’s Attractions
In every corner of the state, you’ll find history, culture and nature. Stroll through a turn-of-the-20th-century pioneer town at Bonanzaville in West Fargo. Exercise creative muscles at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. Check out the Badlands, which early Americans called “hell with the fires put out.” But today, explorers today call the North Dakota Badlands beautiful, rugged and amazing. Teddy Roosevelt was so impressed he built two ranches here. Visitors can tour the Maltese Cross Cabin before entering the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora. The Elkhorn Ranch unit north of Medora is the most remote of the park’s three units. The north unit near Watford City and south unit at Medora are also near trailheads of the 232-kilometer Maah Daah Hey Trail, a horseback riding, hiking and biking trail linking all units of the park. While in Medora, be sure to try the pitchfork steak fondue while watching the nightly Medora Musical.
Follow the Missouri River corridor and the Lewis and Clark Trail through North Dakota. At Bismarck-Mandan, visit Fort Abraham Lincoln, home of the 7th Cavalry when it left for Little Bighorn and On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village. Other villages in the area include Chief Looking’s Village on the bluffs above the Missouri River within Bismarck and Double Ditch Indian Village adjacent to the river north of Bismarck. Learn about North Dakota’s colorful past at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum on the state capitol grounds (also in Bismarck). At Washburn, tour the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan, and stop at Sakakawea’s home at Knife River Indian Village in Stanton. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site was a hub of peaceful trading activity between area tribes and fur traders in the early 1800s. Hugh Glass, whose story was told in the movie “The Revenant,” was a hunter at the fort on the banks of the Missouri River near the confluence with the Yellowstone River and the Montana border.
Finally, the 930-hectare International Peace Garden on the border of the USA and Canada symbolizes peace between the two neighbors. During spring and summer, the gardens bloom with thousands of flowers surrounding rolling woodlands, two lakes and hiking and biking trails. Roam freely between the two countries within the garden’s borders.
Proof of North Dakota’s sunny disposition: The state grows the most sunflowers and makes the most honey in all of the USA.
During the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the explorers spent 214 days in North Dakota, of which 146 were spent at Fort Mandan near Washburn. That is the most time spent in any one location on the journey from the mouth of the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean, which lasted more than two years.
Must see places
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
National Buffalo Museum
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Plains Art Museum
International Peace Garden and Mystical Horizons
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