Sandstone formations in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Mountain biking on the Maah Daah Hey trail
The Oxbow Bend lookout in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The historic Fargo Theater in downtown Fargo
Cannonball concretions in front of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck
Horseback riding in Little Missouri State Park
The United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck
A buffalo during winter in the Badlands
- Major Airports:
- Hector/Fargo (FAR)
- The Peace Garden State
Legendary 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.
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
North Dakota’s scenic badlands are the setting for Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Formed by 65 million years of geological turmoil, the bizarre multicolored rock formations, dramatic canyons and sweeping plains are home to elk, prairie dogs and about 500 bison that disappeared from the area in the late 1800s but were reintroduced in the 1950s. The park is frequented by those who love wildlife spotting, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing and scenic drives.View more