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Welcome to North Dakota
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From legendary culture to legendary adventure; experience it all.

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 USA and Canada, and Norsk Høstfest, the continent’s largest Scandinavian festival.

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; 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.

Welcome to North Dakota
Welcome to North Dakota
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Fun Fact

A sunflower field in North Dakota
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Proof of North Dakota’s sunny disposition: the state grows the most sunflowers and makes the most honey in all of the USA.

Must see places

Painted Canyon Overlook, South Unit

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Before he became the 26th president of the USA, Theodore Roosevelt became a conservationist and a cowboy after spending many years here. Drive through the Badlands, visit Roosevelt’s restored Maltese Cross Cabin or take in the breathtaking view of Painted Canyon, where jagged mountain peaks compete with grazing bison for most photo-worthy image.

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Grasshopper sculptures along the Enchanted Highway

Enchanted Highway

A kind of rural roadside gallery, Enchanted Highway is decorated with large scale metal sculptures all along its 48 kilometers. Ranging from grasshoppers to fish to tin people, the highway ends in Regent, where you’ll find a gift shop offering all of the sculptures in miniature as well as the Enchanted Castle Hotel.

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Fort Mandan Overlook State Historic Site

This Washburn site is where explorers Lewis and Clark settled a winter headquarters, met Sakakawea and began logging their observations about the people and environment around them. Tour the reconstructed fort to imagine what life was like for these intrepid pioneers.

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National Buffalo Museum

This Jamestown museum dedicated to Plains history is located in a log cabin within Frontier Village, which also includes a 19th century town with restored buildings, homes and businesses to tour. At the museum, exhibits reflect the history of bison in the area and present Plains Indian artifacts. The museum also maintains a live herd of buffalo, including the mystical-looking White Buffalo. Don’t miss a photo op at the “World’s Largest Buffalo” statue.

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North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

North Dakota's official history museum in Bismarck tracks the state’s evolution from 600 million years ago to the present, and includes thousands of fossils, dinosaur skeletons and other artifacts presented in numerous exhibits, as well as an amphitheater for performances and two indoor theaters.

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Scandinavian Heritage Park

This park in Minot commemorates the Scandinavian pioneers who helped shape North Dakota and features traditional Scandinavian structures and symbols on its grounds, such as the nine-meter-tall Dala Horse, a grass-roof Stabbur (a little Norwegian house used to store food), windmills, flags and the centerpiece building here, a full replica of a Stave church.

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Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

See the remnants of earth lodge dwellings, cache pits, fortification ditches and trails in this Stanton site, where the Plains Indians established villages and encountered Lewis and Clark. The museum showcases artifacts and crafts as well as a replica of an earth lodge.

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Plains Art Museum

Fargo’s Plains-oriented art museum houses nearly 4,000 works in its permanent collection, which includes regional as well as national art, substantial American Indian art and folk art collections, historic photographs and murals. A heritage garden and amphitheater were recently added. 

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Graham’s Island State Park

This park situated around Devils Lake – North Dakota’s largest – is home to some of the best fishing in the state. Swimming and boating are popular pastimes at this beautiful spot.

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International Peace Garden and Mystical Horizons

This 930-hectare garden located near the Canadian border in the Turtle Mountain region was devised to celebrate the peaceful relations between the USA and Canada. Visit the tower, the flower clock, floral flags and bell tower. Walk the gardens and spend some time in the Interpretive Center, which houses a conservatory and restaurant.

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The Ace Hotel Rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles, California
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Explore North Dakota destinations