Legendary North Dakota
The footsteps of many legends crossed North Dakota. On this land, Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, George Custer and Sitting Bull lived out larger-than-life adventures. Trek the same path they traversed years ago: retrace the Corps of Discovery’s expedition as you follow the Lewis & Clark Trail or let your imagination wander through Theodore Roosevelt National Park like the Park’s bison and wild horses, and look upon the same rugged landscape that inspired the 26th President of the United States. Today, born explorers and fun seekers alike can discover what makes North Dakota legendary. Hike, bike, ride, dine and sight-see across the state, and make your own mark on history.
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.