Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, North Dakota is a beautiful place to explore.
Native Americans occupied this place for thousands of years before the European invasion. This state’s culture reflects a rich history, as it shares some essential aspects of Native American culture. The best exhibition of this native impact on the state’s culture is well reflected by the pow-wow festivals where Native American tribes dance and sing together.
Explore the Silence
For visitors who are drawn towards spending a memorable vacation with their family and kids, North Dakota – with its fantastic green pastures, bountiful farms, and rocky roads – is the best pick for them. If one is irritated with the overcrowdedness of other tourist places of several states and is looking for a crowd less, isolated trip, this territory is ideal for that person.
Top Attractions in North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
A wounded region known as the ‘badlands’ whose glow seems to change with nature’s moods, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the state’s natural wonder. Bizarre rocky structures, covered with a rainbow of yellow, black, brown, red, and silver minerals, are backed by green prairie. The park is vast, with only the rush of rivers and animals’ separate hoof beat to interrupt the silence.
The park is divided into two sectors and has three visitor centers, including the more critical South Unit Visitor Center with Theodore Roosevelt’s old cabin out back. Many travelers to the South Unit opt for the 36-mile scenic drive that begins in Medora, an attractive resort town with lodges and motels that most use as a base for exploration.
North Dakota Heritage Center
Behind a Sacagawea status, the Shoshone woman who helped Lewis and Clark on their journey in 1804, the state’s history museum has displays on everything important to North Dakota residents.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Here you can still see the heaps left by three villages of the Hidatsas, who lived on the Knife River, a small tributary of neighboring Missouri, for over than 900 years. The National Park Service has carefully recreated one of the stone lodges, and there are numerous hiking trails along the river to satisfy your adventure needs.
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
This historic site is in two parts. The leading spot is a deactivated buried command center from where missiles would have been propelled. Visits are through tour operators only. The other site is nearby, a deactivated missile silo that is pretty eerie. Often ignored, you can walk through the doors that hid a rocket with over 300 kilotons of nuclear explosive power. It’s surrounded by a few distant farmhouses.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
The highlight at this beautiful rural park on the Missouri west bank is On-a-Slant Indian Village, which has five re-created Mandan mud lodges. With many replica buildings, the fort was Custer’s last station before the devastating Battle of Little Bighorn. It’s 7 miles south of Mandan. It has summertime tours and extensive hiking trails.
Things to do in North Dakota
- Adventure Activities: Move over Netflix and visit a place with real-life experience: North Dakota. When it comes to outside activities, North Dakota is challenging to beat. Sail across Lake Sakakawea, golf the Lewis & Clark Trail. No matter if it’s binoculars or a bicycle – an event awaits you. Search for biking, hiking, camping canoeing, camping, skiing, boating, golfing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. From serene to the extreme – North Dakota has it all. Don’t let all that fresh air go for a toss; go out and challenge your senses.
- Eco Travel: Shout out to our founder Arushi Sana for starting a promising eco-friendly article series. In North Dakota, one may answer many questions about nature – like “Where does milk come from?” and kitchen questions like “How do you make spaghetti?” Here, you can live out a genuine ranch vacation, become a real cowboy, even get your fingers dirty with some of the best soil in the world.
- Birding: If you love nature, North Dakota is a must-visit. Nearly four hundred species of birds visit or inhabit North Dakota.