North Dakota Top 10 Attractions

6: National Buffalo Museum

National Buffalo Museum

Once upon a time, buffalo roamed the plains of the United States in such numbers that the land would appear black all the way to the horizon. These days, the land has been tamed and the roaming buffalo herds are a mere fraction of their former numbers. The National Buffalo Museum seeks to preserve the heritage and history of this animal that was such a hallowed part of life on these plains. In addition to educational exhibitions, a live buffalo herd is kept here, which includes the famous albino buffalo known as White Cloud.

Address: 500 17th St SE, Jamestown, ND 58401

7: International Peace Garden

International Peace Garden
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Kurt Haubrich

This garden lies on the border between the United States and Canada, and was constructed in 1932 as a monument to the peaceful relations enjoyed between the two nations. As it is a garden, over 150,000 flowers are planted every year. Four concrete towers stand, two in each country, with a chapel at the base for quiet reflection. The park also features fountains, chimes, and parts of the World Trade Center from the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Address: 10939 US-281, Dunseith, ND 58329

8: Fargo Theatre

Fargo Theatre
Photo Courtesy: fargotheatre.org

The marquee that marks the Fargo Theatre reveals its origins as a vaudeville and cinema theatre built in 1926. In addition to the high caliber films for which it is known, it also occasionally features live performances. Because of its long and successful history of being a downtown destination since the Jazz Age, it has been officially added to the National Register of Historic Places, making it a necessary stop for history buffs as well as film enthusiasts.

Address: 314 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102

9: Dakota Zoo

Dakota Zoo
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Josh Grenier

This zoo's origins are humble, beginning with a married couple's domesticated animals. What began as a boarding house for cats, dogs, and horses soon grew, as concerned citizens would leave strays and feral animals to the couple for safekeeping. Eventually a petition to open a community zoo was signed, and the Dakota Zoo began. It now houses a variety of exotic animals including camels and snow leopards, as well as native fauna like pronghorns and coyotes.

Address: 602 Riverside Park Rd, Bismarck, ND 58504

10: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Originally inhabited by the Mandan native tribe in 1575, this area became a military post in the 19th century. Famed and ultimately ill fated U.S. lieutenant colonel George Custer served here before his demise during the Battle of Little Bighorn. The On-A-Slant Indian Village, an earthlodge compound inhabited by the Mandans, has been partially recreated for visitors. The Custer House has been rebuilt for the sake of preserving history, and the Five Nations art house deals in works created by Native peoples.

Address: 4480 Fort Lincoln Rd, Mandan, ND 58554

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