North Dakota Things to Do

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North Dakota Things to Do

  • We Can Feed the Animals?

    I took my kids to the Minot Roosevelt Park Zoo to see the animals. They loved it. There were little stands where you could put your money in and get a handful of food and feed the animals. There was another place where you could buy a bag of bread and feed the ducks. I loved watching all the kids running after the ducks trying to feed them the...

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  • Medora, North Dakota

    Medora is one of my favorite places in all of North Dakota. I really enjoyed my visit here! Medora is right by the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (the best of the three units), had the very interesting des Mores State Historic Site in town, the Medora Musical and lots of nice scenery. If you cannot find anything to...

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  • Watford City, North Dakota

    Watford City is a town of just over 1700 located in Western North Dakota not too far from the Montana border. Watford City was founded in 1914 and is the county seat for McKenzie County; but I did not seek out the courthouse as I was rushing to get to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I really want to explore this town further. It did have a nice...

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  • Portland, North Dakota

    Portland is a small town with about 600 residents located in East Central North Dakota. The town was founded in 1882 and has a small but nice historic district with a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. Portland also has a nice Veterans Memorial.

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  • Lisbon, North Dakota

    Lisbon is the county seat of Ransom County and has a population of slightly over 2000. Lisbon and Ransom County are in the southeast corner of the state. Lisbon was founded in 1880 by Joesph L. Colton, who named the new city after Lisbon, New York, his wife's hometown. Lisbon has a nice little historic district that has several buildings of...

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  • Larimore, North Dakota

    Larimore is a small town with about 1300 residents and falling. It is located in East Central North Dakota just down US Highway 2 from Grand Forks. The most interesting thing in town to me was the Larimore Museum, which houses displays on music, the military in the area, along with rooms redone in a nostalgic/historic manner. On the museum grounds...

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  • Killdeer, North Dakota

    Killdeer is a fairly small town of about 750 located in West Central North Dakota. The town was established in 1914 at the end of a branch of the North Pacific Rail Line. The town catered to area ranchers and has a nice historic district with a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. I especially liked the wooden building housing...

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  • Kathryn, North Dakota

    Kathryn is a very small town on the prairie that was settled in the 1870s but did not really prosper until the railroad came through in 1900 and the town installed a grain elevator. Population as of 2010 was only 52. I heard a neat story from one of the locals. Something you would not otherwise ever know. The gap between the two buildings you see...

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  • Hatton, North Dakota

    Hatton is a fairly small town of 777 residents located in extreme eastern North Dakota. Hatton was founded in 1884. The Hatton Carl Ben Eielson Museum is located in the childhood home of Polar Aviator Carl Ben Eielson. The museum is dedicated to Eieleson and his plane the "Alaskan" which is on display every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day to...

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  • Fort Ransom, North Dakota

    Fort Ranson is a tiny town with under 100 residents but an interesting history. There are lots of historical sites, to include Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Ransom State Historic Site, T. J. Walker State Historic Site, and Standing Rock State Historic Site, in and around the town. Definitely worth a stop. See separate tips for these sites.

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  • Forman, North Dakota

    Forman is a nice small town, founded in 1883, with just over 500 residents located in Southeast North Dakota near the border with South Dakota. Forman is the county seat of Sargent County. The courthouse was designed by a Minnesota-based architectural firm, Buechner & Orth and was completed 1910. This is a very nice courthouse. The town is located...

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  • Fort Ransom State Park

    Several of the state historic sites in North Dakota are nothing more than that, a location with a sign and maybe a few gravestones. This, however is a state PARK. There is a lot more to do here. Start your tour at the Visitors Center which is located in the Bjone House the historic home of Nels Olson. The home was built in 1879. In addition the...

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  • Dickinson, North Dakota

    Dickinson is a nice sized town of over 17,700 located on Interstate 94 in Southwest North Dakota near the borders with South Dakota and Montana. It is the county seat of Stark County, and was named for Wells Stoughton Dickinson a land agent and politician from Malone, NY. Dickinson is home to a world renowned museum complex which includes an art...

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  • Casselton, North Dakota

    Casselton is a nice town of almost 2300 residents. It is located in southeast North Dakota, just off Interstate 94 and just west of Fargo. Casselton was named for a railroad executive, George Cass, who established a railroad stop here and spurred the founding of the town. Casselton has some friendly residents and boasts a nice historic district...

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  • Bowman, North Dakota

    Bowman is an interesting town of about 1700, founded in 1907. It is located in the Southwest corner of the state, near the borders with South Dakota and Montana. Bowman is the county seat of Bowman County. Bowman has an excellent museum, the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, and a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or...

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  • Turtle River State Park

    Near Grand Forks in the Northeastern corner of the state is a pretty little park called Turtle River State Park. The 784 acre park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers a variety of activities including: Camping, fishing, hiking, picnic sites, wildlife watching, and a playground for the kids. A nice place to escape...

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  • Fort Ransom State Historic Site

    Fort Ransom was built on 18 June 1867 to protect railroad workers building the railroad line between Fargo and Bismarck and to protect area settlers. The fort was one of a series of forts into the newly opening west, and had substantial log buildings that housed 200 enlisted men and 7 officers. The fort was named after General Thomas E. G. Ransom...

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  • Elkhorn Ranch Unit

    I thought about driving out to the Elkhorn Ranch Site until I talked to one of the rangers. He said there is really not much to see there; just a few remains of the foundation. The road out there is also long and very rough. The road conditions were even worse than normal because they had a lot of rain recently. The Elkhorn Ranch is only for those...

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  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North...

    The north unit is about 50 miles north of the south unit. I took the 14 mile scenic drive. This is one way and you take the same route back. There are a number of stops along the way most with interpretive signs to highlight important aspects of the area. There are also a number of hiking trails ranging from short trails with interpretive signs to...

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  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South...

    The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is divided into three parts: The south unit; the north unit and the Elkhorn Ranch Site. The south unit is 24 miles east of the border with Montana in the nice town of Medora. In addition to the main entrance to the park, there is a Painted Canyon Entrance which has a viewpoint, a visitors center and access to...

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  • Blanchard, North Dakota

    Blanchard is a small town near the North Dakota/Minnesota border. It is also near the intersection of North Dakota Highways 18 and 200. Its main claim to fame is the KVLY TV-Mast, the second tallest man-made structure in the world.

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  • Amidon, North Dakota

    Amidon is the county seat of Slope County and is located in Southwest North Dakota. As of the 2000 Census, Amidon was the second least populace county seat in the United States with a population of 26 (after Mentone in Loving County Texas). The whole county has a population of 776 (as of the 2000 census). Pictured here is the Slope County...

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  • T. J. Walker State Historic Site

    Also near Fort Ransom is the T. J. Walker Historic District State Historic Site. Walker came to North Dakota from Minnesota in 1879. He soon selected an area here on the south side of the river to place rocks for a dam and built a saw mill and a flour mill. Walker continued to expand his enterprises through 1906 and the area prospered. Walker's...

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  • Standing Rock State Historic Site

    In 1881, the death of local resident Marie Slattum revealed a problem for the local community. They had no church, no pastor, and no cemetery. Slattum's funeral was held in the Slattum Home with a neighbor Ole Rufsvold presiding. On 23 February 1882, the Standing Rock Norwegian Evangelical Church was organized at the home of a local lay preacher...

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  • Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State...

    Killdeer Mountain, called "Tachkawute" by the Sioux (Nakota Dialect), is the site of an attack by a military force under General Alfred Sully on several groups of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota (Sioux) tribes on 28 July 1864. Sully attacked the encampments, which included women and children, with cavalry and cannons. Many of the Sioux escaped across an...

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  • Fort Dilts State Historic Site

    Fort Dilts State Historic Site is the location of a makeshift fort of prairie sod made by members of a wagon train and their 50 man military escort to defend themselves against hostile Sioux Indians in September 1864. The fort was named after Corporal Jefferson Dilts who died defending the wagon train. The site is located near Bowman in the...

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  • De Mores State Historic Site

    Des Mores State Historic Site preserves the home and ranch of Antoine Amedee Vincent Amat Manca de Vallombrosa the Marquis de Mores et Montemaggiore. De Mores was born in Paris on 14 June 1858 and descended from French, Italian, and Spanish nobility. He was a soldier in the cavalry but found peacetime too boring so he emigrated to New York where he...

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  • Fargo

    Fargo was founded in 1871 and is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Cass County. Fargo is the cultural, retail, manufacturing, health care, and educational hub for the region and is also home to North Dakota State University.March 2011

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  • Maah Daah Hey Trail

    The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 100-mile long multi-use trail that runs from the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the South Unit near Medora. The trail is open to hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. There are primitive campsites along the way but water may or may not be available. I rode a portion of the trail on my mountain...

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  • Visit the On-a-Slant Indian Village

    This abandoned village, which dates to the late 1500's, was across the Missouri river from where Lewis and Clark (The corps of Discovery) camped in 1804.It has 4 of the earthen lodges reconstucted. At one time there were around 80 lodges at the site. Each one has a different interior, and gives you an idea of the ingenuity of the Native Mandan...

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  • Fort Lincoln

    Partly reconstructed 19th century military base. If one climbs the towers, one gets an excellent view on the surrounding lands and the Missouri River. One should also visit Custer's House and On-a-Slant Indian village at the same location.

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  • On-a-Slant Indian village

    Several Mandan earth lodges have been reconstructed on the site. One earth lodge is fully furnitured.

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  • Wildlife Refuge, International Peace...

    I live only a few miles from the International Peace Gardens between Canada and the US, the road to get there is a scenic by-way.. I have taken hundreds of photos and will post a few of my favorite... If you love the outdoors and wild life and the fresh clean air you will love the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota.

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  • Bismarck --- crapital of ND

    O Bismarck, Bismarck. Wherefore art thou Bismarck? We spent one night in Bismarck in October 2008. We booked a room on Priceline and got the Fairfield Inn just north of town. From our hotel, we couldn't even sense which direction the city might be. We saw a Hooters near by so we walked over to have dinner and watch hockey. The next day on the way...

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  • Rural North Dakota

    Rural North Dakota has a harsh climate that has been hard on settlers since they first arrived. After the American Indians were forcibly removed from much of the area, settler began to arrive, especially after the railroads found their way into North Dakota in the early 1900s. The Great Depression caused farms to falter and fail, then larger farms...

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  • Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial...

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park has three separate locations spread across western North Dakota. I visited the park's South Unit which lies alongside Interstate 94 near Medora, North Dakota. The the Little Missouri River flows through all three units of the park, and the the Maah Daah Hey Trail connects all three units.From 1884-1886 after...

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  • The Enchanted Highway, Regent, ND

    The Enchanted Highway is roadside art made of scrap metal such as copper pipes and old petrolium tanks. It is the work of one man who wanted to draw travelers the 32 miles from I-94 to his hometown of Regent, ND. Since 1989 he has created seven of these scultures: The Tin Family was erected in 1991; Teddy Rides Again in 1993; Pheasants on the...

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  • Fargo -- Made famous by Hollywood

    Fargo has about 90,000 people, making it the second largest city in North Dakota. Fargo was founded in 1871 and was named after William Fargo of Well Fargo bank fame. Most of the city residents of of either German or Norwegian decent, and it has very low crime rates and unemployment rates. Fargo is home to North Dakota State University. The 1996...

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  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

    Besides the Mandan Indian village, the State Park had other historical military buildings, like Custer House, to visit ( also reconstructed, not the originals) that were interesting. You can also see the foundation of some of the original fort.

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  • Bismarck

    We visited the waterfront of Bismarck and looked at a rebuilt Keelboat, like Louis and Clark used when they came through there. It was a lot smaller than I would have thought, but maybe the original was larger.

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  • Mandan Indian Village

    This is located inside Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, but you have to pay extra for it. You also have to go on a guided tour , which is understandable, since they have put an incredible amount of effort in constructing the village with lots of attention to detail. It was very interesting to learn about the Mandan Indians, whom I had never heard...

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  • International Peace Gardens -North...

    Devoted to World Peace, along the world’s longest unfortified border, lies a 2,339 acre Botanical Garden.A very peaceful stop to pop in and have a picnic - take a hike - tour the Peace Gardens.Last time we visited we hopped on a "Golf Cart Tour" and the kids loved riding the carts around the gardens stopping at key points to look around and then...

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  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in western North Dakota in the area commonly referred to as the North Dakota Badlands. The Park is divided into north and south units, with a combined area of 70,447 acres. This, in my opinion, is the most beautiful and interesting part of North Dakota. The park is accessed by two loop roads, the South Unit...

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  • Teddy Roosevelt National Park

    Badlands, as bad as they get. In North Dakota, hills go down, not up. The scouring of the Little Yellowstone River has unearthed colorful buttes where you can find buffalo, wild horses, and a whole lotta lonely. It is as if it was still 1880 and the cattle drives were still a going concern. Hiking or riding is where it's at. I have had to retreat...

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  • If you are a history buff, you...

    If you are a history buff, you should visit Fort Union trading post on the North Dakota-Montana border near Fairview, Montana.This restored fort was the trading post built by John Jacob Astor's trading company. There are period furnishings in the buildings and actors portraying the fort's blacksmith and other characters.The military fort that was...

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