Williston Travel Guide

  • Trading post headquarters
    Trading post headquarters
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    Fort wall and entrance gate
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    Blockhouse
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    by fred98115 Written Feb 13, 2014

    The confluence is impressive, but so is the historical importance. It was here that the two Lewis and Clark parties connected after their separate explorations. It was on the return from the West Coast and the Expedition split to investigate the areas north and south of the Missouri. We saw this as a part of a day trip from Medora that included a visit to Fort Union as well. Photographers: this is a place for a long lens since the confluence is not right at the trail end. A zoom works nicely since you can easily take the wide shots with sky as well and cut down on the load carried. Every ounce counts. Some people would use filters to cut haze and glare. Others prefer to do this in editing software. Personal choice. I didn't do either, so the photos give you an idea of a straight shot.

    Confluence Sky over Confluence Yellowstone River Visitor Center Sign Not a Lewis and Clark Relic
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    by fred98115 Written Feb 11, 2014

    A few miles from Williston is the National Historic Site, Fort Union. It is a reconstructed complex that has interesting rooms, central headquarters, and it sits above the Missouri River. We came here while retracing the Lewis and Clark Trail route. While it is isolated, it is worth visiting if you can. Photographers: there are many opportunities here for shots ranging from post activities to the fort walls. Caution: this is in the middle of the Bakken oil field and is having a major population boom. Workers are living in man camps because housing is non-existent. Message: reserve a room before you arrive. In our case, we made it a day trip from Medora on I-90.

    Fort wall and entrance gate Blockhouse Wall and blockhouse Entrance gate Blockhouse looking down on Missouri River
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    by Toughluck Written Oct 16, 2006

    Once the high plains were serviced by the great highway of the Missouri River. From St. Louis, steamboats would push there way against the current striving ever to reach further to the west, to outreach their competitors in the hunt for furs. Here at Fort Union, the race ended. For beyond here, was the land of the Blackfeet. A powerful tribe that jealously held on to their own territory, pushing interlopers out or killing them on the spot. It was here that the Upper Missouri Company formed to trade with the Blackfeet and other tribes for their furs, bringing the valuable pelts into the American market and sending manufactured goods into the native communities.

    The Approach from land, the backdoor The river front The main gate with the trading room to the left The Main house, home of the traders
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Williston Hotels

  • Marquis Plaza And Suites

    very clean & a friendly staff a very good resturant next door, away from the noise & traffic

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  • Candlewood Suites Williston

    3716 6th Avenue West, Williston, North Dakota, 58801, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Airport International Inn

    3601 Second Ave. West, Williston, North Dakota, 58801, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Missouri Flats Inn

    213 35th St W, Williston, North Dakota, 58801, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Williston Super 8 Motel

    2324 Second Ave W., Williston, North Dakota, 58801, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

Williston Transportation

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    Williston is a primary stop for one of Amtrak's most legendary trains, the Empire Builder, which crosses America's northern tier from Chicago to Seattle and Portland. Two passenger trains pass through Williston every day - one going east and the other west. Fortunately for the people of Williston, and those who want to travel there, the Williston stops are during daylight hours.

    Karen and I have taken the train through Williston twice. The stop there has given us just enough time to get out, stretch our legs a bit, and take a very hurried glimpse of the town.

    Williston, North Dakota Train Depot Stephen & Karen beside their Train in Williston
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    by photochaser Updated May 29, 2007

    Favorite thing: I visited Williston, ND in December of 2006. I thought for sure I would freese to death. After all, I was coming from sunny SoCal! Boy was I pleasantly suprised. We arrived during a very mild time of that month. Had a wonderful time. Only 2 days of snow, but it was the fun fluffy kind. Just blanketed the whole area and made it more beautiful than before.
    Here is a sample of some of the pictures I was honored to experience.

    Park in Williston, ND Williston, ND Williston, ND Lake
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    • Road Trip
    • Skiing and Boarding

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