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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- Hector/Fargo (FAR)
- The Peace Garden State
Legendary North Dakota
Welcome to North Dakota
There’s a common thread running through each of the many cultures in North Dakota – friendliness. In fact, “Dakota” is a Sioux word meaning “friend.” The state is known for its hospitality and cultural variety. Two of the largest events are the United Tribes International Powwow, one of the nation’s largest powwows drawing 1,500 Native American dancers and drummers from 70 tribes across the U.S. and Canada, and Norsk Høstfest, the continent’s largest Scandinavian festival.
From legendary culture to legendary adventure; experience it all.
Put yourself in the picture and travel anywhere in North Dakota to experience fun things to see and do. There’s unique Bonanzaville or exercise creative muscles at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. Check out the Badlands; Early Americans called it “Hell with the fires put out.” Explorers today call the North Dakota Badlands beautiful, rugged and amazing. Teddy Roosevelt was so impressed he built two ranches in the Badlands and visitors can tour the Maltese Cross Cabin before entering Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora. The two Units of the park are near the trailheads of the 100-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail, a horseback riding, hiking and biking trail linking both units of the park. While in Medora, be sure to try the pitchfork steak fondue and 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 they left for the Little Bighorn and On-A-Slant Indian Village. Other villages in the area include Chief Looking’s Village and Double Ditch Indian Village north of Bismarck. Stop at the State Museum in the North Dakota Heritage Center on the state capitol grounds. At Washburn, tour the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan, and stop at Sakakawea’s home, Knife River Indian Villages at Stanton. Fort Union National Historic Site is on the river along the Montana border.
The 2,300-acre International Peace Garden on the border of the U.S. 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.
Wherever you go, you’re sure to find satisfying dining, inspiring local and regional arts, exciting events and more.
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.
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