"Affordable" and "value" are two words tourists and tour operators want to hear when
planning tours. North Dakota has been selected by the American Automobile Association
for a third year as the "most affordable vacation destination."
A new adventure in North Dakota begins as soon as you step out of the motorcoach,
RV or bus or slide off a motorcycle. Participate in one of the many group activities,
attractions or special events where culture and heritage comes alive. This legendary
memory will last a lifetime.
1. Medora: Musical and Cowboy Hall of Fame would be best bets. Or the Chateau De
Mores has a new visitor center. If time allows, ride a horse, a bike or take a hike
on the Maah Daah Hey Trail (western ND.) This 97 mile trail has been deemed an epic
ride and will challenge some of the most skilled while offering breathtaking views
of North Dakota’s badlands.
2. Visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park (near Medora and Watford City) and see
the badlands view the wildlife and shoot the buffalo (with your camera of course.)
They may be close enough for you to pet them, but wouldn’t recommend it! Painted
Canyon Visitor Center on I94 or the Visitor Center at the park entrance are good
3. View some of the most unique species of birds on the planet at one of the 63 national
wildlife refuges. Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, near the Garrison Dam in central
ND, is a must-stop to check out their new visitor center.
4. Kayak the Pembina River and take in the beauty of the Pembina Gorge in Northeast
North Dakota. And while you are there, check out the State Museum in Pembina at North
Dakota’s first settlement.
5. Stop at the National Buffalo Museum (Jamestown) and view not one, not two, but
three albino buffalo. You might also want a picture with “Dakota Thunder” on the
6. Take in a UND Hockey game at “The Ralph” in Grand Forks. From the marble floors
to the leather seats, this $104 Million dollar facility is described as one of the
finest of its kind in the world. (A little known fact, there are 2200 logos throughout
the complex.) Also check out the vibrant downtown used for weekly events.
7. Visit Fargo- Downtown is a destination for visitors from Canada and smaller towns
in MN and SD. Must sees include: Plains Arts Museum, Fargo Theater, Hotel Donaldson
and all the new shops and eateries.
8. Travel to the International Peace Garden where you can have one foot in America,
and one in Canada! The Gardens are located near the Portal border crossing.
9. See where Lewis & Clark met up with Sakakawea, on their journey through North
Dakota at Fort Mandan near Washburn ND and visit the Lewis and Clark interpretive
10. Take the triple challenge and golfthree top-rated courses: Bully Pulpit- Medora,
Hawktree- Bismarck and The Links near Williston.
11. Visit North Dakota’s 14 state parks offering unique recreation. All are worth
seeing but a few unique ones:
Fort Ransom State Park along the scenic Sheyenne River valley- great events
Little Missouri State Park- This Park is geared towards horseback riders who travel
with their horses. The Badland Trail Rides offers guided trail rides (on their horses)
and rustic cabins with unbelievable views.
Cross Ranch State park now offers year-round activities with cross country skiing
and Yurts- for winter lodging.
12. Take in some of the 50+ state historic sites across the state. Some trip-worthy
ones would include:
The Heritage Center Expansion is going excellent. I can arrange a tour anytime.
Fort Abercrombie also has a new visitor center and is a fun stop
Ronald Regan Minute Man Missile State Historic Site – or Oscar Zero as us marketers
like to call if is fascinating. It is near Cooperstown
13. National Historic Sites to see.
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site – Williston (also see State sites-
Fort Buford and the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Center)
Knife River Indian Villages near Stanton
14. Off the Beaten Path fun finds:
Bagg Bonanza Farm – near Mooreton
Sullly’s Hill National Game Preserve – Devils Lake
Dakota Dinosaur Museum – Dickinson
Pioneer Trails Museum – Bowman
Long X Visitor Center – Watford City
Pembina State Museum – Pembina
Chahinkapa Zoo- Wahpeton
15. Major Events to Consider:
Fargo Marathon May, 2014
United Tribes Powwow – Sept. 2014, Bismarck
Norsk Hostfest - October, 2014
ND State Fair, July, 2014
16. See the Big Stuff:
Check out the sculptures along the Enchanted Highway from Regent to Gladstone
Salem Sue New Salem– World’s largest Holstein cow
Dakota Thunder Jamestown- World’s largest Buffalo