North Dakota Top 10 Attractions


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Planning for a vacation in North Dakota this Year? Looking for fun things to do? We have been asked many times: What are the top places to see in North Dakota? So here is our list of top 10 "Must-See" attractions in North Dakota:

1: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National ParkTheodore Roosevelt National Park
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Interesting facts:
- The Roosevelt National Park was established in 1978 and is spread over an area of 70,447 acres.
- The park is known for its scenic beauty as well as for the memory of the president Roosevelt who did a lot for the National Park System than anyone before or since.
- The gorgeous badlands are the main attractions with dense population of wildlife like wild bulls, buffalos, mule deer and more.

Things to do:
One of the most popular things to do is wildlife viewing. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including feral horses, elk, bighorn sheep, bison, white-tailed deer and mule deer, and at least 186 species of birds including golden eagles, sharp-tailed grouse, and wild turkeys. There are plenty of hiking trails, fishing spots, rivers for canoeing or kayaking. With over 100 miles of hiking trails, there are ample opportunities for adventure.

Website:

www.theodore.roosevelt.national-park.com

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2: Fort Mandan Overlook State Historic Site

Fort Mandan Overlook State Historic SiteFort Mandan Overlook State Historic Site

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Interesting facts:
- Fort Mandan Overlook is so named because the site overlooks the area where Lewis and Clark developed their headquarters for the winter of 1804-1805.
- The fort was designed in a triangular shape and it provided shelter, protection and a place for cultural exchange between the explorers and the Indian inhabitants.

Things to do:
Visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center having state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and a new collection of artifacts including pottery, arrowheads, scrapers, flakes, grinding tools, bison shoulder-blade hoe fragment, butchered animal bones, and corn kernels and cobs.

Website:

www.fortmandan.com

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3: Maah Daah Hey Trail

Maah Daah Hey TrailMaah Daah Hey Trail
Photo Courtesy: Maah Daah Hey Trail Association

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Interesting facts:
- The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 96 mile trail available for you to ride in the badlands of North Dakota.
- The name of the trail means an area “that has been or will be around for a long time”.
- The trail passes by Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site on the Little Missouri River as well as General Sully's Trail and the CCC Historical Site.

Things to do:
The most popular things to do at the Maah Daah Hey Trail are biking, hiking, camping and horseback riding on a scenic route through North Dakota's Badlands and some of the state's most primeval wilderness.

Website:

www.mdhta.com

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4: North Dakota Heritage Center

North Dakota Heritage CenterNorth Dakota Heritage Center
Photo Courtesy: Brian R. Austin

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Interesting facts:
- North Dakota Heritage Center located in North Dakota Capitol is official history museum.
- The museum was opened in 1967 by Heritage Center Commission and is currently been operated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
- In June 2008, the museum was recognized as "Hub of History", become home to a rare mummified dinosaur.

Things to do:
North Dakota Heritage Center is one of the biggest attractions of Bismarck. It is a wonderful history and learning center for all the ages. While visiting the museum you have a chance to see history in a unique form including pre-historic age history, dinosaur exhibits and artifacts of the Indian inhabitants. A 12-foot-high bronze statue of Sakakawea is displayed at the entrance of the center. Sakakawea was a guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Website:

www.history.nd.gov

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5: Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks

Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand ForksRalph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks
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Interesting facts:
- The Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks was opened in 2001. The construction cost to be calculated until now is $135 million recorded in 2013.
- The facilities include areas reserved for hockey which can accommodate up to 11,643 people; basketball which can accommodate up to 12,119 people and concert which settles more than 13,154 persons.
- It is located on the campus of University of North Dakota.

Things to do:
The arena arranges number of games and events in the indoor halls throughout the year. The tickets to these events and concerts are available online and as well as on the spot. The seating is accessible and you can enjoy watching the match as well as any event happening.

Website:

www.theralph.com

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6: National Buffalo Museum

National Buffalo MuseumNational Buffalo Museum
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Interesting facts:
- The National Buffalo Museum is spread across 6000 square foot area at the Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota.
- This museum is devoted to the history of the American Bison, commonly known as buffalo.
- The museum displays the evolution of the buffalo through its exhibits and artifacts.

Things to do:
Visit the museum which features a history room, main gallery, video room, children’s room, white buffalo room, antique gun room, buffalo viewing deck, and gift shop. The museum collection depicts the cultural and natural history of bison and the Great Plains, from ancient times to the present, through exhibits of artifacts and artwork.

Website:

www.buffalomuseum.com

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7: International Peace Garden

International Peace GardenInternational Peace Garden
Photo Courtesy: Bobak Ha'Eri at http://en.wikipedia.org

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Interesting facts:
- The International Peace Garden is located on the international border of North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.
- It was opened in 1932 as a symbol of peace and friendship and claims to be the longest unfortified border in the world.
- More than 150,000 tourists visit each year to view the unique floral displays.

Things to do:
This garden is open year round providing fascinating floral displays and a colorful tropical garden. Watch the 120-foot concrete Peace Tower, and the Peace Chapel. Enjoy the beauty of the two floral displays of the American and Canadian Flags, the only two floral designs that remain the same each year.

Website:

www.peacegarden.com

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8: Fargo Theatre, Fargo

Fargo Theatre, FargoFargo Theatre, Fargo
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Interesting facts:
- The Fargo Theatre is an art deco cinema house located in the heart of downtown Fargo.
- Fargo Theater was built in 1926 with a cost of $350,000.
- It was restored and renovated in 1999 to its historic appearance and now is a center for the arts.

Things to do:
This theater brings the best art films to the town. Watch the midnight movie series, classic film series, and silent movie shows. The theatre also hosts the annual Fargo Film Festival every March that brings together movie fans and movie makers from around the World. Watch various types of live events, concerts, and shows that happen round the year.

Website:

www.fargotheatre.org/

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9: Dakota Zoo

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Interesting facts:
- The Dakota Zoo is located in Bismarck, North Dakota on the east banks of the Missouri River.
- The zoo was built in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson on 15 acres of land, with 75 mammals and 23 birds, and 40,000 people visited the zoo during the first year.
- Today, the Dakota Zoo covers an area of 90 acres and is home to 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and visited by more than 130,000 people each year.

Things to do:
Watch over 600 animals including prairie dogs, mountain lions, bison and other animals native to the region. You can also do a variety of other things during your visit to the zoo such as the Tribune Express or the Leach Express trains, the Land O'Lakes Ice Cream Parlor, a Children's Play Area, and the Antler Trading Post.

Website:

http://www.dakotazoo.org

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10: Plains Art Museum

Plains Art MuseumPlains Art Museum
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Interesting facts:
- Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit, fine arts museum located in historic downtown Fargo, N.D.
- The museum provides a blend of historical and new architecture that is perfect for meetings, conferences, dinners, wedding receptions and many other corporate and private occasions.

Things to do:
Watch art exhibits from both local and foreign artists in three separate galleries, plus artwork done by the children from local schools. The museum's collection comprises approximately three thousand works including national and regional contemporary art, traditional American Indian art, and traditional folk art. Besides the art exhibits, the museum also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including receptions, lectures, and conduct visits of the artists whose work is displayed in the museum.

Website:

http://plainsart.org

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