The footsteps of many legends crossed North Dakota. On this land, Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, George Custer and Sitting Bull lived out larger-than-life adventures. Trek the same path they traversed years ago: retrace the Corps of Discovery’s expedition as you follow the Lewis & Clark Trail or let your imagination wonder through Theodore Roosevelt National Park and look upon the same rugged landscape that inspired the 26th President of the United States. Today, born explorers and fun seekers alike can discover what makes North Dakota legendary. Hike, bike, ride, shop, dance, dine and sight-see across the state, and make your own mark on history.
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 state’s largest events are the United Tribes International Powwow, one of the nation’s largest powwows drawing 1,500 American Indians dancers and drummers from 70 tribes across the U.S. and Canada, and Norsk Hostfest, the continent’s largest Scandinavian festival.
From legendary culture to legendary adventure; experience it all. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine Red River in the east or stretch it to the extreme out west and hike the Badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mountain bike the 96-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail, dig for real dinosaur bones in the Pembina Gorge or sail the 180-mile-long Lake Sakakawea. If you are seeking nationally acclaimed hunting, fishing, birding or golfing, you’ll find it in virtually every corner of the state.
Live a legendary adventure, and paint the landscape any color you like. Put yourself in the picture and travel anywhere in North Dakota to experience fun things to see and do. There’s the unique Medora Musical, or exercise creative muscles at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. Check out a rodeo, attend Fargo’s original Rib Fest or get to one of North Dakota’s many historic sites like Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, On-A-Slant Indian Village or Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. Wherever you go, you’re sure to find satisfying dining, inspiring local and regional arts, exciting casinos and more.
The Badlands of North Dakota - 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 Badland and visitors can
still tour the Maltese Cross Cabin before entering Theodore Roosevelt National Park
at Medora. A portion of the park is near the north end of the 100-mile Maah Daah
Hey Trail, a 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. Check them
North Dakota’s Breathtaking scenery!
Whether you choose to bike, hike or ride, the Maah Daah Hey Trail, it is sure to
awe even the most avid trail seeker with 100 miles of spectacular scenery and terrain
in the midst of the badlands of western North Dakota. Outdoor entertainment…
North Dakota’s Best climbing and hiking opportunities!
North Dakota is the #1 producer of sunflowers in the United States. It also produces
enough soybeans to make 212 billion crayons each year and enough sugarbeets that
produce enough sugar to sweeten 27 billion gallons of Kool-Aid.
The number of giant structures. Have you ever seen a 38-foot-tall cow? How about
a 26-foot-tall buffalo? You can see these giants in New Salem and Jamestown, and
much more scattered throughout North Dakota. Take a memorable drive down the Enchanted
Highway, a 30-mile stretch dotted with giant metal sculptures. Or make a side trip
to check out Wee’l Turtle,