PlanetWare.com

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in North Dakota

Written by Brad Lane Updated May 4, 2023

Author Brad Lane has enjoyed extensive travels throughout North Dakota .

The rugged badlands, lush woodland settings, and water-fed natural features of North Dakota provide seemingly endless landscapes to explore. As well as stunning scenery, the state presents a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of the region through its museums and historic sites.

Little Missouri River in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Visitors to North Dakota often spend time outdoors at places like Theodore Roosevelt National Park or Lake Sakakawea. Indoor tourist attractions include the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck or the Plains Art Museum in Fargo.

Discover more places to visit with our list of the top attractions and things to do in North Dakota.

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park

2. national buffalo museum, 3. knife river indian villages national historic site, 4. north dakota heritage center, 5. plains art museum, 6. scandinavian heritage park, 7. fort abraham lincoln state park, 8. lake sakakawea, 9. dakota zoo, bismarck, 10. maah daah hey trail, map of tourist attractions in north dakota.

Painted Canyon, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the top outdoor destinations in North Dakota. Named after the naturalist, rancher, and 26th president of the United States, the national park still encompasses the same landscapes that once enamored Roosevelt himself.

The Little Missouri River winds its way through the rolling hills and Badlands of the park. Visitors are encouraged to hike or simply drive through the park to appreciate the natural beauty alongside free-roaming bison.

The park is geographically separated into a North and South Unit , as well as the additional Elkhorn Ranch Unit, where Roosevelt himself spent much time among the Badlands. Plenty of hiking trails and designated scenic drives are a big draw to the North and South Units, as well as visitor resources.

The Painted Canyon Visitor Center provides engaging information and one of the best viewpoints in the park in the South Unit. The Maltese Cross Cabin is also in the South Unit, restored to the era in which President Theodore Roosevelt called it his temporary home.

Camping is one of the popular things to do in the park. RV and tent camping is abundant here in two different campgrounds. All camping is considered primitive, with no hookups or shower facilities. Campgrounds do have drinking water and flush toilets. Campsite reservations are available six months in advance.

National Buffalo Museum

Approximately halfway between Bismarck and Fargo on Interstate 94, drivers can see the world's largest, albeit concrete, bison from afar outside the National Buffalo Museum . Its living counterparts graze at its feet; among them are rare albino bison .

Visitors learn everything about the great beasts that once roamed the American West within the National Buffalo Museum . The 6,000-square-foot facility has several exhibits regarding the near extinction of buffalo in the American West, and the efforts to reintroduce them into the landscape.

The Frontier Village at the museum includes a collection of old pioneer buildings , with a barbershop, church, drugstore, jailhouse, schoolhouse, post office, and many more. Visitors to Frontier Village tour the historic sites, enjoy stagecoach and pony rides, and partake at the on-site old-fashioned soda fountain .

Address: 500 17th Street SE, Jamestown, North Dakota

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is on an old camping ground of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians near Stanton. Several villages have been rebuilt here to preserve the culture. Today, this historic site introduces camps, field trips, and individuals to the native environment.

Checking out the museum on the grounds is a popular thing to do at the Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site. This educational facility features artifacts and relics from the village, as well as significant cultural emblems of the people native to the area.

Patrons also enjoy walking the Village Trail , checking out the reconstructed earth lodge, and hiking the various trails that wind throughout the scenic landscape. Different activities and events take place at Knife River Indian Villages throughout the year, including games, craft shows , and ceremonies , all of which really bring the historic site to life.

Address: 564 County Road 37, Stanton, North Dakota

North Dakota Heritage Center

In Bismarck, the North Dakota Heritage Center offers an overview of North Dakota history from prehistoric to modern times. Visitors to the Heritage Center have four museum galleries to peruse, including Adaption, Innovation, and Inspiration Galleries, as well as a rotating Governor's Gallery with temporary exhibits from around the world.

The museum contains thousands of different artifacts and displays, ranging from a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton cast to a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Northern Lights Atrium is another popular point of interest . This steel and glass piece of architecture welcomes guests to the museum and provides an eye-catching spectacle at night.

The immersive landscapes of the Capital Arboretum Trail at the Heritage Center also draw some interest. For warmer months, refreshments are available at the on-site James River Café . The Heritage Center is open every day of the year, expect major holidays. Admission is always free.

Address: 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, North Dakota

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Bismarck

Plains Art Museum

The Plains Art Museum is home to an impressive collection of works by regional and national artists in the historic downtown district of Fargo. Contemporary art, as well as traditional American Indian art and traditional folk-art feature prominently in the permanent collection.

The museum presents changing exhibitions throughout the year within its 56,000 square feet of space . The Plains Art Museum also presents various public art and gardens throughout the city that enhance any visit to Fargo, including the homage-to-history Sodbuster sculpture located downtown.

Youth and family programs are available at the Plains Art Museum, as well as adult workshops . The event calendar also has something going on nearly every night of the week, including family movie nights, book clubs, and low-sensory Mondays. The museum is open seven days a week. Admission is free for all ages.

Address: 704 First Avenue North, Fargo

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Fargo

Gol Stave Church, Scandinavian Heritage Park

The Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot offers a unique look at Scandinavian culture in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. This outdoor museum includes numerous replica buildings, statues, and cultural points of interest to explore.

Visitor favorites include the replica Gol Stave Church , an 18th-century home transported from Sigdal, and a 25-foot-tall Swedish Dala horse on display. The replicas of a Finnish sauna and a Danish windmill are also on the grounds and are popular spots for visitors and photographers.

Attractions are not heated at Scandinavian Heritage Park, and the summer is the best time to visit. The park offers tours of the various on-site buildings between approximately mid-May and late September. The end of the season at Heritage coincides with the annual Norsk Høstfest , which takes place at the fairgrounds every year.

Address: 1020 South Broadway, Minot, North Dakota

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is a great place to engage with history, hike some trails, and spend the night next to the water. The state park reflects both its military history and Native American roots with replica villages and still-standing military buildings.

On-site, visitors find reconstructed buildings, like the Custer House and the reassembled On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village . The On-A-Slant Indian Village features six recreated earth lodges, and the Custer House is accompanied by several other restored barracks, granaries, and a commissary store. These reconstructed pieces of history offer an opportunity to learn about the legacy of the landscape.

For recreation, the nearly 20 miles of trails attract hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. These non-motorized routes span several directions throughout the park, navigating shrublands and woodlands. The newest trail in the park, the 2.2-mile Keller Loop Trail, connects to the longer Scouts Trail for those interested in a longer hike.

To extend your stay at Fort Abraham Lincoln, the state park also offers a modern campground near the shores of the Missouri River, complete with showers and flushing toilets. Nearly 100 sites are available, with over 80 sites including electricity and water hookups. All sites have an affordable overnight rate.

Address: 4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan, North Dakota

Lake Sakakawea

Lake Sakakawea is North Dakota's largest reservoir , located in the west-central part of the state. And with more than 1,500 miles of shoreline, it's a popular place to enjoy the water.

Two state parks are close to the shore of Lake Sakakawea: Fort Stevenson and Lake Sakakawea State Park on the eastern banks. Both offer overnight options, with modern campgrounds . They each also have easy access to the water, with public-access docks and boat rentals.

Sailing, kayaking, and motorboating are popular activities associated with Lake Sakakawea, and the lake offers year-round fishing opportunities . Lake Sakakawea State Park has a marina with boat slips available. The park also operates two boat ramps, including a multi-lane access point on the west side of the park.

Hiking is also sought after at Lake Sakakawea. The park is the western terminus for the North Country National Scenic Trail, which, when completed, will span 4,600 miles from Lake Sakakawea to upstate New York.

Address: 781 42 1/2 Ave NW, Hazen, North Dakota

Porcupine at the Dakota Zoo

Dakota Zoo is a popular family attraction in Bismarck, near the shore of the Missouri River. The Zoo is home to over 500 animals representing several species from across the world. Among their collection are threatened and endangered animals, including Bengal tigers, tamarins, and snow leopards.

The zoo is open seven days a week throughout the summer (late April through September). It's easy to spend the day wandering the 90-acre facility and observing all the animals. Other areas of the zoo, like a Rose Garden and shaded play areas, are also worth visiting.

Dakota Zoo is home to several special events throughout the year. Some of the most popular include Breakfast at the Zoo, annual Easter egg hunts, and Wednesday Night Activities occurring weekly.

Address: 602 Riverside Park Road, Bismarck, North Dakota

Maah Daah Hey Trail

The Maah Daah Hey Trail attracts hikers, bikers, and horseback riders and is known as North Dakota's best-kept secret. This multi-use, non-motorized trail covers more than 140 miles of iconic North Dakota landscapes . Scenic spots on the route include Badlands, the Little Missouri River Valley, and portions of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The Maah Daah Hey Trail Association is the best resource for planning overnight and day trips on the trail. Ambitious trail travelers can navigate the entire route over an average of 10 days, and there are 10 campgrounds along the route. Numerous trailheads along the route allow for scenic day trips.

The city of Medora is often a base camp for day trips on the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The trail portion crossing through Theodore Roosevelt National Park is also a common stretch to explore.

More Related Articles on PlanetWare.com

image

More Places to Visit in North Dakota : To see more of the natural side of North Dakota, have a look at our article on the best state and national parks in North Dakota. Explore the highlights of North Dakota's most popular cities with our articles on the top tourist attractions in Bismarck and the top attractions in Fargo . Just south of the border, a visit to South Dakota can extend your trip quite nicely.

instagram logo

More on North Dakota

North Dakota Travel Guide

  • Search Please fill out this field.
  • Current Issue
  • Give a Gift Subscription
  • Manage Your Subscription
  • Newsletters
  • Sweepstakes
  • Destinations
  • North Dakota

20 Top Things to Do in North Dakota

Unspoiled countryside and plenty of outdoor fun await in this rugged state.

Midwest Living's experienced editors create best-in-class travel, lifestyle, food, home and garden content you won't find anywhere else. We're loudly, proudly Midwestern, and we're passionate about helping our audience explore and create through award-winning storytelling.

Some of America's most inspiring adventurers, including Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, and President Theodore Roosevelt, left footprints in this sparsely populated state. Even today, the rugged land feels little changed since they passed. Traveling from sprawling Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the west to appealing Fargo in the east, visitors will find fabulously starry skies, whistling wind and vistas that stretch for miles. More than a century ago, Roosevelt called this land at the edge of the plains, "a world of beauty and color and limitless space." It still is.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt referred to his time in North Dakota by saying, "Here the romance of my life began." One visit to Theodor e Roosevelt Na tional Park explains his love affair. Some 70,000 acres of painted canyons and grassy hiking trails border Interstate-94 and the Little Missouri River. Bison graze along the road, and prairie dogs chatter at scenic turnouts.

The park is separated into two large units 50 miles apart, with a small parcel for Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in the middle. The southern unit, anchored by nearby Medora, is busier, but the northern is just as spectacular. From Memorial Day through September, rangers lead guided tours and nature talks, as well as evening campfire programs about Roosevelt.

North Dakota Heritage Center

Stand beneath a T. rex and a Triceratops as they battle. Stare down a mammoth. See casts of sea creatures that swam here millions of years ago. North Dakota's past takes shape in Bismarck at the Nor th Dakota Heritage Center, which nearly doubled in size after a $52 million makeover. Exhibits in the Treehouse cater to tykes.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Now reconstructed, Fort Union in Williston was the most important fur-trading site on the upper Missouri from 1828 to 1867. The imposing white house at Fort Union, where the head merchant lived, looks strangely grand against the landscape, like a suburban mansion built expressly to outshine its neighbors. That's exactly what it was; traders built it in 1828 to impress area tribes. A self-guided tour, ranger-guided tours and living history programs are available for visitors.

Medora Musical

The colorful, two-hour Medora Musical raucously relives Teddy Roosevelt's cowboy days (this is no dry history lesson). The outdoor show features singing, dancing, live animals and fireworks, all against a stunning badlands backdrop. You'll come away tapping your toes-and eager to check out nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

North Dakota State Capitol Building and Grounds

Nicknamed The Skyscraper on the Prairie, North Dakota's 1934-era capitol in Bismarck is the tallest structure in the area (at 241 feet). You can take a guided tour, including a visit to the 18th-floor observation deck, for free. Also on the grounds: an arboretum trail, prairie trail, and numerous statues and memorials, in addition to the North Dakota Heritage Center.

Maah Daah Hey Trail

Fun to say and even more fun to ride, the Maah Daah Hey Trail packs in a lot of dramatic scenery (and some really tough climbs!). The 144-mile main trail connects the South and North units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, running through rolling prairie and rocky badlands—home to mule deer, coyotes, golden eagles, bighorn sheep and bison. Loop trails and a new southern extension add another 80 miles to the trail system. Hikers and horseback riders share the trail with bicyclists. Guided mountain bike tours are offered seasonally through Dakota Cyclery Mountain Bike Adventures.

Scandinavian Heritage Park

In the small north-central city of Minot, the Scandinavian Heritage Park nods to northern Europe with a replica Stave church, Danish windmill, Finnish sauna and a 25-foot-tall Swedish Dala horse. Minot also is home to Norsk Hostfest, the continent's largest Scandinavian festival, where high-quality handcrafted merchandise and traveling shows make for a one-of-a-kind experience each fall.

International Peace Garden

Trails and lush gardens along the U.S.-Canada border celebrate peace between the two nations. The 2,300-acre garden is half in the U.S. and half in Canada, about 110 miles northeast of Minot. In summer, the International Peace Garden gets big splashes of color from perennials and annuals. For visitors year-round, an Interpretive Center offers a restaurant, gift shop and conservatory with 3,000 cacti. Guided tours of the gardens are available by reservation.

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

A 26-room, 1883 hunting lodge built by the Marquis de Mores, an entrepreneurial French aristocrat who hoped to find his fortune in the Dakota Territory, overlooks Medora. His meatpacking business failed, but the town he named for his wife, Medora, prospered. The lavish home where he and Medora lived still contains many original furnishings. Docents stationed throughout Chateau de Mores State Historic Site offer insights and tours.

Knife River Indian Villages

Explore a reconstructed, furnished Hidatsa earth lodge, 15 miles of trails and a museum (22 miles west of Washburn). A rich culture thrived along the banks of the Missouri River in west-central North Dakota when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived in 1804. Today, trails weave through the sage and wildflower-dappled prairie to the remains of villages, including one where Sakakawea lived before she joined Lewis and Clark.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Rocky badlands provide the backdrop for this challenging, one-of-a-kind 18-hole golf course three miles south of Medora. The Bully Pulpit Golf Course takes golfers through meadows, woodlands, along the Little Missouri River and into badlands canyons.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center/Fort Mandan Historic Site

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark spent more of their epic journey in North Dakota than in any other state. In Washburn, stop first at the striking Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and take in its fascinating exhibits about the Lewis and Clark expedition and area history. Then, continue to a replica of the fort, authentically reconstructed with 800 cottonwood logs, where the explorers weathered the brutal winter of 1804-1805.

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

At the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, this interpretive center tells the stories of Native Americans, ranchers and rodeo riders on the North Dakota plains. The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame patio offers sweeping Little Missouri River views.

Lake Metigoshe

On the Canadian border, 200 miles north of Bismarck, Lake Metigoshe State Park offers a well-rounded, classic lake vacation—walleye fishing, a tidy beach, clean cabins, a Fourth of July fireworks show and canoeing—with way less noise and crowds than you'll find at big, better-known Lake Sakakawea.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

History buffs shouldn't miss North Dakota's signature historic site, 7 miles south of Mandan. Reconstructed earth lodges at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park make up On-A-Slant Village, occupied by the Mandan from about 1575 to 1781. Portions of the old infantry and cavalry post have been rebuilt, including the Custer House, called the Mansion on the Prairie. Two living history tours take visitors through On-A-Slant Village and the museum, as well as the Custer House and barracks.

National Buffalo Museum

The National Buffalo Museum highlights bison art and history and manages a herd that grazes nearby. Visitors can also see the World's Largest Buffalo Monument, a 26-foot-tall, 60-ton giant, as well as the Frontier Village complex of historic buildings in Jamestown, 100 miles west of Fargo.

Bonanzaville USA

Interpreters and 40 buildings on 12 acres re-create life when "bonanza" farms ruled the prairies in the late 1800s. Bonanzaville USA in West Fargo includes just about every type of building and business that might have made up a small North Dakota town when the area was being settled—a log cabin, blacksmith shop, school, drug store, general store, creamery, saloon, newspaper office, bank, barbershop and more.

Plains Art Museum

A downtown standout in Fargo is the Plains Art Museum, in the renovated International Harvester warehouse. Beautiful inside and out, the museum houses more than 3,000 works by regional and national artists. The collection includes works by artists as varied as Impressionist Mary Cassatt and Native American contemporary artist George Morrison.

Enchanted Highway

Turn off I-94 at Exit 72 (90 miles west of Bismarck) to find seven enormous sculptures along a 32-mile ribbon of rural highway. The massive artworks are the quixotic tourism initiative of retired educator Gary Greff, who established Enchanted Highway to bring more travelers to his tiny hometown of Regent.

Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Dam

On the Missouri River 75 miles upstream from Bismarck, Garrison Dam, built between 1947 and 1953, is one of the largest earthen dams in the world. Exhibits in the power plant lobby feature displays about the construction and operation of the Garrison Dam and recreation on Lake Sakakawea. The corps provides free tours of the power plant daily during the summer months and by appointment the rest of the year.

Lake Sakakawea (pictured) stretches 178 miles from Garrison Dam northwest to Williston and averages 2 to 3 miles in width. The lake and its shoreline are popular for boating, sailing, scuba diving, sightseeing, bird-watching, camping and hunting.

Related Articles

  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Exciting Cities
  • Food And Drink
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Where To Stay
  • Skip to right header navigation
  • Skip to main content
  • Skip to primary sidebar

Midwest Explored Logo

Learn how to easily plan your dream trip to the Midwest!

River surrounded vegetation on both sides things to do in north dakota

15 Things To Do in North Dakota: The Ultimate Bucket List

July 19, 2022 by //  by  Midwest Explored

Looking for things to do in North Dakota? We have got you covered with our list of the best North Dakota attractions.

Whether you have an interest in the outdoors, nature, culture, or history, this state has it all.

That’s not all, this state has also been a land of adventurers and has seen the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Sakakawea, Lewis and Clarke, and many more inspirational people.

Visitors can explore the Great Plains, learn about the history at North Dakota Heritage Center, or go to some of the hidden gems of the Midwest here.

Also, North Dakota is extremely beautiful and one of the best places to experience fall in the midwest.

Trust me, there is no shortage of fun North Dakota attractions for you to explore. If you are also planning a trip to this state soon, then here is a list of 15 top things to do in North Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

One of the top things to do in North Dakota is to visit the famous Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Theodore ND.

It is one of the most popular Midwest national parks!

This North Dakota attraction is 70,000 acres in area, comprising mountains, badlands, the Missouri River, and canyons.

The scenic beauty of the national park is what attracted Theodore Roosevelt in the first place, after whom it is named.

Visitors can indulge in a lot of fun activities here during their trip. For a relaxed trip, you can stay in a cabin, go stargazing, enjoy the scenic views, and more.

If you love adventures, then this place is great for camping, hiking, skiing, and several other thrilling activities.

Trust me, exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park and spending a night here is one of the best things to do in North Dakota!

Sunset over great plains things to do in north dakota

Visit the Scandinavian Heritage Park

Are you interested in learning about Scandinavian heritage? If so, then one of the top things to do in North Dakota is to visit the Scandinavian Heritage Park.

This park in Minot is the best way to learn about the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.

You will find several displays at this North Dakota attraction such as a Finnish sauna, Gol Stave church, an authentic Sigdal home, and more.

There are memorials to the Scandinavians who left their home for a better life in the USA. Visitors can also visit the on-site gift shop to buy Scandinavian-inspired souvenirs, gifts, and books.

If you are looking for a unique Midwest weekend getaway , then a visit to this center is a must.

Scandinavian building in a park

North Dakota State Capitol

Built in the 1930s, the State Capitol is the tallest building in the state at 241 feet and one of the top things to see in North Dakota.

It is a 21-story building with an art deco style and is often called the ‘skyscraper of the prairie’.

There are several monuments, parks, and trails on the capitol grounds where visitors to Bismark can spend time and learn more about the history of this state.

One of the top attractions in North Dakota, the State Capitol also features an observation deck on the 18 th  floor. From here, one can enjoy stunning views of Bismarck and the nearby areas.

Join a tour of the State Capitol on a weekday to get a glimpse into the different branches of the government.

You can also take an elevator to the top of the floor during the tour. Trust me, if you want to experience this state, then this is one of the best things to do in North Dakota.

White tall building surrounded by trees and other buildings

Chase Sunflowers in North Dakota

What to do in North Dakota apart from exploring the major landmarks? Well, you can always go and chase sunflowers in the state.

This state sees the highest production of sunflowers in the country.

So, visitors can wander around vast sunflower fields that can be found throughout North Dakota in the growing season, especially in August.

You can click photographs with blooming sunflowers, attend the sunflower events, or get these beauties home.

You will find many places where the sunflowers grow in North Dakota including Emmons Country, Morton, Kidder, and more.

So, if you are looking for fun things to do in North Dakota, then do look out for sunflower fields a

And spend some time there. You can even plan a romantic Midwest getaway to any one of these impressive locations featuring sunflowers!

Sunflower field things to do in north dakota

Visiting Lake Sakakawea Is One Of The Best Things To Do In ND

If you are confused about what to do in North Dakota, then don’t be. There are many beautiful state parks including the famous Lake Sakakawea State Park.

It is one of the very interesting state parks in North Dakota .

One of the perfect places to head to in the summer, this state park offers a lot of activities to the visitors. From swimming in the lake to North Dakota camping by the shores, there is a lot one can do here.

For boating enthusiasts, there is a marina here as well to fuel up your boat and buy snacks and drinks for yourself. You can also rent a cabin to stay the night here if you are traveling with family.

Overall, this is one of the best family-friendly things to do in North Dakota.

Large rocks in between a lake

Maah Daah Hey Trail

Looking for adventurous things to do in North Dakota? Then, you cannot miss out on the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Covering more than 140 miles of the state, this trail is perfect for hikers, bikers, and outdoor adventurists.

This is one of the best places to do hiking in North Dakota!

The route consists of varying landscapes including badlands, parts of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the valley, and more.

This attraction in North Dakota allows visitors to explore different trails which can take around 10 days to complete. You also encounter wildlife on the way if you are lucky.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Maah Daah Hey Trail is the perfect place to explore!

Rocky mountains with grass in front

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

One of the best things to do in North Dakota is to visit the historical site of Knife River Indian Villages. This site has been preserved as it was the old camping ground of Mandan and Hidatsa Indians.

Visitors can check out the museums here which feature artifacts from the village. You can also explore the various hiking trails and reconstructed earth lodges here.

This is one of the top North Dakota attractions that host a lot of different events that include games, ceremonies, craft shows, and more.

If you wish to learn about the local tribe of Northern Plains, then make sure you visit this site.

Old wood house covered with soil and grass things to do in north dakota

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

If you are interested in the history of the state, then one of the best things to see in North Dakota is Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, one of the coolest state parks in ND.

Opened in 1907, this park features an ancient reconstructed village from the 1600s, military buildings, an art gallery, and more.

Take a guided tour of the reconstructed buildings and learn how Mandan Indians lived here between 1575-1781. There are tons of fun activities to engage in here such as hiking, picnicking, camping, and more.

So, if you are looking for a fun yet informational excursion, then this is one of the best things to do in North Dakota.

Small wooden building in a ground covered with grass things to do in north dakota

The Pyramid of North Dakota

Looking for offbeat North Dakota attractions to visit? Then, you cannot miss out on a trip to The Pyramid of North Dakota.

This pyramid structure, one of the top hidden gems in the midwest , is the last remnants of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex.

It was built during the Cold War to shoot down missiles from Russia. However, it was shut down after 3 days of operation due to concerns about its effectiveness and its unsustainability.

Visitors can visit the site and take photographs from a distance. Although you cannot visit the pyramid or the grounds, it still makes for an interesting visit.

Have you ever wanted to visit a unique attraction in North Dakota? If yes, then one of the best things to do in North Dakota is to try to see this famous Pyramid structure.

Pyramid structure in the middle of green ground

The Enchanted Highway

If you wish to explore a unique attraction in North Dakota, then visit the Enchanted Highway.

It is a collection of metal sculptures placed at regular intervals I-94. The sculptures end at the town of Regent, 32 miles from the beginning.

Each sculpture has a parking area and a kiosk where the visitors can spend some time.

There are many sculptures on the highway including ‘Geese in Flight’, ‘Grasshoppers in Field’, ‘World’s Largest Tin Family’, and more.

Visitors can also enjoy the gift shop at Regent ND where you get a miniature version of all these statues.

What cool hidden gems in the Midwest!

An oversized metal sculpture of an insect

Spend a Day in Fargo

Are you wondering about things to do in North Dakota? Then you should spend a day in Fargo to see everything that this place has to offer.

Fargo is one of the most beautiful cities in the midwest that is home to a lot of fun and informative attractions.

The Plains Art Museum in the city is one of the top attractions in North Dakota. There are over 3,000 art pieces here by artists around the world.

Another top attraction in North Dakota is the West Acres Mall in Fargo. With over 100 stores, it is the largest mall in the state and has several shopping and restaurant options.

There are several other museums, historic places, and fun things to do in Fargo.

Plus, the city’s skyline during sunset is too beautiful to miss out on. This is why one cannot miss out on this North Dakota attraction in the state.

City view from top during sunset

Chateau de Mores

Chateau de Mores, a historic home in Medora, is one of the top things to see in North Dakota. Built by Marquis de Mores in 1883, this was his summer home and hunting lodge.

Visitors can go to this house and see the permanent exhibit to learn more about de Mores family. Take a tour of this beautiful home that features 26 rooms that have been turned into a museum now.

The museum holds several original artifacts of the family including a small refrigerator, stagecoach, and more.

There are several fun activities to enjoy here such as History Alive! program. Learn about the locals and their lives via entertaining monologues from the past.

Medora is one of the coolest towns in North Dakota!

Maroon colored house surrounded by greenery and mountains

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Wondering what to do in North Dakota? If so, then you can visit Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.

This was one of the grandest forts and the most important fur-trading stop in the 19 th  century.

Built to impress the local tribes, the large white mansion is quite grand and was the home of the head merchant and his family.

Visitors can tour around the house to learn more about the family. Watch a short film about this trading post, attend the Indian Arts Showcase, or look through the artifacts from the American Indian war.

Are you interested in the history and culture of American Indians? Then do not miss visiting this national historic site!

Red and white building with a wheel barrow in front

Canoeing/Kayaking in the Little Missouri River

A tributary of the Missouri River, the Little Missouri River is a popular attraction in North Dakota for nature and water lovers.

This scenic river cuts through the famous Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the state. If you wish to experience the beauty of the Badlands in the state, then float in the Little Missouri River on a canoe.

It takes around 5-7 days to cover the river starting from Medora and ending at Lost Bridge.

Apart from canoeing, one can also go boating and kayaking in the river. Visitors can camp near the river in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park for a fun adventure.

If you wish to experience water activities, then the Little Missouri River is one of the top North Dakota attractions not to miss!

River flowing from the middle of plains during sunset

North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Are you a history buff? If yes, then one of the best North Dakota attractions for you to visit is the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

Located on the same grounds as the State Capitol, this museum features history from prehistoric times. There are four museum galleries with thousands of exhibits and displays here.

From Tyrannosaurus skeletons to the Hubble Space telescope, you will find it all here. You can also watch the stunning northern lights in the steel and glass-based Northern Lights Atrium in the museum.

If you also love history and want to see cool spectacles, then this is definitely an attraction in North Dakota not to miss!

Glass building with rocks in the front things to do in north dakota

Packing List For Visiting North Dakota Attractions

If you will be traveling, either by plane or by car to North Dakota here are some  tips on how to pack lightly.

A  concealed travel pouch  may be one of the most important items you bring along when visiting ND. It is always important to protect your personal information. Identity thieves are everywhere.

This  unisex RFID blocking concealed travel pouch is  lightweight and comes in several colors. It has lots of organization to give you peace of mind.

You can place it under your hiking clothes next to your body to carry your ID safely.

If you have a pouch already that does not come with the RFID protection, as I do, these  RFID  sleeves are  the perfect solution.

This configuration comes with enough credit card sleeves that the entire family would be protected. They are slim too, so they will easily fit into your pouch or wallet.

If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures with your phone you will definitely want to consider an  external charging battery . This  Anker high-speed phone charging battery  is  the exact one  I carry with me on all of my trips.

It can be used on a variety of phones, not just an iPhone like I have. And wow is it fast!

I like that it holds its charging capabilities for several uses so I do not have to worry about it while out and about, and if I forget to recharge it at night, it will still be good to go the next day.

My daughter gifted me with this  FugeTek selfie stick and tripod   setup for my birthday. I absolutely love it! It is made of lightweight aluminum and is so easy to use.

It has Bluetooth connectivity and is a breeze to use for taking selfies when experiencing all the things to do in North Dakota!

Hydration is so important when traveling. You want to remain hydrated throughout your travels to support your immune system which in turn will be stronger to fight off any germs you will encounter during your travels.

You will want to bring your own  refillable water bottle  with you.

I never leave home on a trip without my  Bobble filtration bottle .  The 18.5-ounce size is perfect for hiking and it fits nicely in the pocket of a backpack.

When filled with water, it is not too heavy to carry. And the charcoal filter ensures fresh clean water whenever you fill the Bobble.

Perhaps you are traveling a long distance and packing space is a premium in your suitcase, or in your car.

Then this  set of collapsible silicone foldable water bottles  would work well for you. Would not take up much space at all.

You will want a  backpack or daypack  with you to store snacks, your water bottle, phone, extra clothes, etc.. when hiking This   foldable water-resistant backpack   would be great

It is very affordable and is available in many color options for you to choose from. The fact that it folds down into a zippered pouch will make it easy to pack.

Here we have presented to you 15 of the best things to do in North Dakota. There is something for everyone on this spectacular list!

We hope you have inspired you to explore the great state of North Dakota. Let us know if you have visited any of the suggestions here, and if you have any other to add, please do so in the comment section below.

view of a city with red houses and buildings, a bridge, and green trees things to do in dubuque

Touropia Logo

Touropia Travel

Discover the World

16 Best Things to do in North Dakota

By Jamie Gambetta · Last updated on May 4, 2024

With its pristine countryside of rolling prairies and intimidating badlands, North Dakota is an unspoiled look into the past. A quiet environment will greet you upon arrival. Say goodbye to modern chaos and hello to a state where the tallest building is a mere 21 stories.

North Dakota offers amazing access to the outdoors while remaining off the beaten path. Long overlooked by the traveling masses, there are plenty of things to do in North Dakota’s wilderness. You can enjoy beautiful hiking trails through landscapes where Sacagawea lead Louis and Clark.

In the cities and small towns, you’ll uncover the strong connection North Dakota has with its past through restored frontier and Native American villages – all while learning just why Theodore Roosevelt held the state in such high esteem.

16. Frontier Village (Jamestown)

Frontier Village

Alongside the National Buffalo Museum, you’ll find the exciting Frontier Village. In Jamestown, the village comprises several original villages from across the state that have been moved and restored to create a journey into the past.

Walk along the old streets wandering by shops, churches, jails, and the post office, all from the Pioneer history where Americans traveled west in search of more opportunity.

A highlight of the experience is the writer’s abode that is dedicated to the works of Louis L’Amour, a famous writer whose works mainly featured the Old West. For a truly authentic experience, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride before bearing witness to an old-fashioned shoot-out.

15. International Peace Garden

International Peace Garden

On the border between North Dakota and Canada , the International Peace Garden is split in half between the two places. Part memorial, part ornate garden, it’s a peaceful place of reflection and a quiet way to spend time with friends and family.

The garden is open year-round and celebrates the peace between the U.S. and Canada. You can explore the park and the many hiking and biking trails that guide you to picnic areas, restaurants, exclusive gardens, and a conservatory home to over 3000 cacti.

Some of the park is so remote that you may even stumble across a moose!

14. Dakota Zoo

Dakota Zoo

In Bismarck , the Dakota Zoo is home to a wide range of animals and several interactive experiences. A great place to bring the kids, visitors can enjoy up-close experiences with wildlife from around the world with 600 animals representing over 120 species.

Some highlights include gazing upon the majestic Bengal tiger, while grizzly bears and mountain lions roam the zoo’s prairies. From the barnyard and whitetail deer enclosures, you’ll be able to feed some of the zoo’s residents.

The Dakota Zoo also offers an exciting calendar of events that include Breakfast at the Zoo, an Easter egg hunt, and nighttime adventures.

13. Enchanted Highway

Enchanted Highway

After driving 90 miles west of Bismarck, take Exit 72 to embark upon a scenic drive with a difference. Forget stunning scenery and towering mountains typically found on these road trips (although it is beautiful), and enjoy a series of public art.

Enchanted Highway covers 32 miles of local road and features seven giant sculptures. It was all the work of one man, Gary Greff, who hoped to attract more travelers to his hometown of Regent. Some of the massive sculptures include “Pheasants on the Prairie” and the “World’s Largest Tin Family”.

So you can bring these impressive works home with you, head into Regent where you can buy mini replicas at the local gift shop.

12. Bonanzaville (West Fargo)

Bonanzaville

Showcasing life in North Dakota from the late 19th century to the modern day, Bonanzaville is a fascinating, family-friendly attraction. In West Fargo , the historic village comprises over 45 buildings from here and around North Dakota.

The village gets its name from the bonanza farms that sprung up in the region during the 1800s. These farms embodied the movement west, the development of new technologies, and large-scale farming.

Walk between the dozens of authentic buildings that include the Arthur Town Hall from the 1890s, an old saloon and hotel, plus a historic blacksmith. Bonanzaville is also home to multiple museums that look at specific history and careers, from the Law Enforcement Museum to the Eagle Air Museum.

11. North Dakota State Capitol

North Dakota State Capitol

At only 21 stories tall, the North Dakota State Capitol is the tallest building in the state. Standing high above the lush grounds, the capitol is a striking sight and far different from other government buildings around the country.

It’s not your typical 19th century building with beautiful limestone facades. The capitol was built in 1930 with influence from art deco architecture. The building stands at over 240ft and features an 18th story observation tower from which you can enjoy endless views of Bismarck and the surrounding prairies.

While it’s a great way to see all of town at once, you can also explore the building on a guided tour during the week. From there, roam the grounds home to memorials and a local arboretum.

10. Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site

Knife River Indian Villages

Experience the history and culture of the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians at the Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site. The site is close to modern day Stanton and several villages have been restored as a way to continue their heritage.

Visitors can gain invaluable insight into early life in North America along with experiencing a vibrant culture that continues to this day. Begin at the site’s museum where you can explore rows of relics that were a part of the original villages that once graced the region.

Along the Village Trail, you can explore the beautiful landscape on your way to earth lodges that were once home to the famed Sacagawea.

9. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Learn about one of the most famous expeditions in U.S. history at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. In Washburn, the center is near where Lewis and Clark spent the bitter winter of 1804/05.

Now, more than two centuries later, you can explore the fascinating story via a series of amazing exhibits. The interpretive center has preserved hundreds of prominent artifacts along with Fort Mandan. Here, the explorers were able to retreat from the brutal weather and meet Sacagawea, who would guide them across the rugged plains.

The original fort was washed away by the surging river, but was carefully reconstructed using 800 logs.

8. Medora Musical

Medora Musical

It’s one thing to learn about local history at a museum, but it’s another thing to do it with music and a beer or two. At the Medora Musical you can learn about Teddy Roosevelt’s days as a cowboy, as he roamed what is now a national park in his name.

The two-hour spectacular is a rowdy rendition of his story that features plenty of singing and dancing by the amazing actors on stage. The outdoor theater show is backed by magnificent views of the badlands, a poignant reminder of what Roosevelt fell in love with.

Kick back and enjoy the show with a cold beverage in hand. As the live animals grace the stage, alongside all the revelry, you’ll find your toes tapping along to the beat. Oh, and there’s fireworks.

7. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln

Enjoy a mix of history and recreational fun at the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Near the banks of the Missouri River, the state park has several historic buildings to explore. Visitors can see important restored buildings that include the Custer House and the Mandan Indian Village.

The Custer house is complemented by numerous barracks that give insight into regional conflicts. You’ll also spot a commissary and several granaries. After exploring the Custer House, wander over to the Mandan Indian Village that showcases six earthlodges.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has over five miles of hiking, cycling, and horse riding trails. While at night you can kick back under the stars at the park’s campground.

6. Fargo Air Museum

Fargo Air Museum

Within Hector International Airport, the Fargo Air Museum celebrates the history of aviation in North America. The museum showcases a variety of historic aircraft, including some that can still be flown to this day.

One of the first exhibits you should experience at the Fargo Air Museum is the full-scale replica of the Wright Brothers’ flyer that took to the sky in 1903. Other historic planes include the Iskra Jet from Poland and a UH-1 Huey.

But the museum’s collection of planes in flying condition is sure to make any aviation enthusiast happy. Here you can get up close with the p-51D mustang, the Douglas DC-3, and even a home built plane.

5. National Buffalo Museum

National Buffalo Museum

Celebrating the history of the buffalo through art, the National Buffalo Museum also manages a local herd. Upon arrival, one landmark will immediately stand out. Visitors will be dwarfed by the buffalo statue that weighs 60 tons and stands at 26 feet.

In the nearby fields, buffalos graze the pastures, among them a rare albino bison. Inside the museum you can learn all there is to know about the impressive animals, including their near extinction as Americans traveled west. Complement this experience by exploring how the animal was saved and slowly reintroduced. You’ll also find several pieces of Native American art showing the connection between the tribes and the buffalo.

4. Fort Union Trading Post

Fort Union Trading Post

On the Missouri River, the Fort Union Trading Post was established in the 1820s. For four decades, it was a prominent trading post and was integral in the fur trade with the surrounding states.

The Fort Union Trading Post was designed to impress local Native American tribes through its grand architecture. The large white mansion was a peaceful trading port even in times of exterior conflict. Each year, it’s estimated that over 25,000 buffalo skins changed hands.

Once the most illustrious port along the Missouri River, Fort Union fell into disrepair. It has been restored to its heyday and now you can enjoy self-guided and ranger-led tours of the complex to learn about its fascinating past.

3. Scandinavian Heritage Park (Minot)

Scandinavian Heritage Park

A celebration of all things Scandinavian, those traveling to Minot can explore a captivating experience at the Scandinavian Heritage Park. Here you’ll receive a look into Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic culture in an expansive outdoor museum.

Each country is represented within the on-site buildings that include a replica of the Gol Stave Church in Norway. Other popular exhibits are the huge Swedish Dala horse, the Danish windmill, and a traditional Swedish sauna.

With so much to do as you roam the Scandinavian Heritage Park, it’s best to visit in the warmer months. From May to September, you can embark on a guided tour which offers further insight into the attraction. If you arrive in September, be sure to experience Norsk Hostfest.

2. North Dakota Heritage Center

North Dakota Heritage Center

Enjoy a journey into the past as you learn about the history of the state at the North Dakota Heritage Center. In Bismarck, the center comprises four galleries that cover prehistoric history through to the 21st century.

Within the official history museum for North Dakota, you can explore a section dedicated to dinosaurs that once roamed the region. Visitors can gaze upon triceratops and T-Rex skeletons before learning about the various Native American communities.

There are several immersive experiences to have, including in the Northern Lights Atrium, where at night, guests can enjoy the breathtaking spectacle. When the sun’s out, walk along the center’s Capitol Arboretum Trail. While those with young kids can let them roam in the adventurous Treehouse.

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Split by the meandering Little Missouri River, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a mix of stunning landscapes and scenic drives. These very landscapes so enamored the 26th President of the United States that he didn’t hesitate to protect them once he rose to power.

Today, visitors can explore the Badlands where bison roam free across the rolling hills. The national park comprises two sections. Begin in the South Unit, home to the Painted Canyon Visitor Center. Learn about the history and geology of the park while taking in the splendid views.

Here you’ll also find the Maltese Cross Cabin, once a temporary cabin for Roosevelt. From there, embark on a number of trails that lead to two campgrounds to sleep under the stars.

Map of Things to do in North Dakota

Share this post:

Parks in North Dakota

8 Best National & State Parks in North Dakota

north dakota state tourist attractions

10 Best Places to Visit in North Dakota

Glacier National Park

25 Most Beautiful Places in America

Top Tourist Attractions in the USA

25 Top Tourist Attractions in the USA

Things to do in Fargo, ND

16 Best Things to do in Fargo, ND

Things to Do in Bismarck, ND

12 Best Things to Do in Bismarck, ND

north dakota state tourist attractions

25 Top Tourist Attractions in Washington D.C.

best places to visit in the USA

25 Best Places to Visit in the USA

Best States to Visit in the USA

10 Best States to Visit in the USA

Sanibel

23 Most Beautiful Islands in the US

Reader interactions, leave a reply cancel reply.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

365 Traveler

17 Things To Do in North Dakota You Can’t Miss

For outdoor enthusiasts, North Dakota has it all. Home to a spectacular national park, hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, golfing, horseback riding, and more — you will never run out of things to do in North Dakota.

In addition to all of the fun outdoor adventures, you’ll also find amazing museums, historic sites, gardens, awesome restaurants, and even a Cowboy Hall of Fame.

This Midwestern state may not be on everyone’s bucket list, but we think it definitely should be! Here are 17 things to do in North Dakota that you’re not going to want to miss.

17 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH DAKOTA YOU CAN'T MISS

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK

You can’t really talk about the major park systems in America without talking about President Theodore Roosevelt or, in this case, Theodore Roosevelt National Park . Teddy Roosevelt was a huge proponent of protecting the country’s outdoor spaces, and his outdoorsmanship far outlived him, by means of their preservation, as well as his namesake, The Teddy Bear. North Dakota’s wild Badlands are a perfect landscape to memorialize Roosevelt’s dedication to the outdoors. 

Unlike other state tourist attractions, this one focuses more on taking care of the land than taking advantage of it. With over 70,000 acres of protected wilderness, all sorts of animals like pronghorns, feral horses, and prairie dogs call the area home.

The park is comprised of two different “units” that divide the area in half. The South Unit is the most visited section with two visitor centers, tons of hiking trails, wildlife, a scenic drive, and the town of Medora. If you’re interested in learning about how the park came to be, stop by the Burning Hills Amphitheater to take in the “Medora Musical.”

Whereas the lesser-traveled North Unit of the park has just as much beauty to behold, but with less development around it. This section is more rugged than its southern counterpart, with more hiking trails, overnight hiking options, a scenic drive, and opportunities to see wildlife — like bison. Don’t expect to find lodging, food, or other guest services in this part of the park. You can camp in the North Unit though, and amenities are available in the nearby community of Watford City.

A visit to this national park is truly one of the best things to do in North Dakota.

FORT UNION TRADING POST NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

During the 1800s — 1828 to 1867 more specifically — the fur trade was plentiful in this region of the country. To preserve that history, the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site was established to show visitors what commerce life would have been like for pioneers, as well as the Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet, Hidatsa, and other Northern Plains tribes.

Open year-round, the post has free entry with self-guided tours for visitors. 

SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE PARK

Run by the Scandinavian Heritage Association, Scandinavian Heritage Park is a place that celebrates the various cultures that make up the Scandinavian identity. Representing Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Sweden, the park has developed ways to honor the various countries.

From a full-scale Stave Church replica to a delightful Dala Horse from Sweden, the park welcomes all to partake in Scandinavian culture. Before heading out to see the various replicas, stop by the park’s visitor center to find out if there are any events coming up.

WHITE HORSE HILL NATIONAL GAME PRESERVE

Protecting the livelihood of the American bison has long been an aim of the country’s conservationists. A huge part of that endeavor has been the White Horse Hill National Game Preserve , which has served as a significant contributor to the cause since its founding in 1904.

Not only is this preserve a space to help keep the bison population healthy, but it’s also home to many other native animals and over 200 species of birds. Hit up one of the many hiking trails at White Horse Hill to see if you can spot some incredible wildlife.

LAKE SAKAKAWEA AND GARRISON DAM

One of the largest manmade lakes in the country, Lake Sakakawea was created when Garrison Dam was erected. Lake Sakakawea State Park is a place beloved by many visitors through the years, and it’s the perfect place to try windsurfing or to camp overnight along the shores of the lake.

Though the spelling may not be what you’re used to seeing, it’s the official spelling of the name of Sakakawea, who served as a guide and translator for Lewis and Clark on their famed expedition. Historians believe that Sakakawea was responsible for not just the success of the expedition, but the survival of its history too, especially because she is credited with saving Clark’s journal.

DICKINSON MUSEUM CENTER

Spoiler alert: This is not an Emily Dickinson museum. What Dickinson Museum Center actually does is host four different museum spaces on a single campus in Dickinson, North Dakota.

On the property is the Badlands Dinosaur Museum, Joachim Regional Museum, Prairie Outpost Park, and the Pioneer Machinery Hall.

Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out, and take a peek at exclusive products from the “Pride of Dakota,” or grab some dino gifts to remember your trip.

NATIONAL BUFFALO MUSEUM

While ecological organizations in North Dakota strived to keep the American bison population afloat, the National Buffalo Museum preserves the history of the mighty animal, as well as the cultures that have influenced it since ancient times. Not only can you learn about these creatures from a museum perspective, but you can also go outside and see the bison herds from afar, or up-close, in a guided tour of their grazing lands. 

The museum is also home to another marvelous attraction. One of the most popular roadside stops in the United States happens to share space with the museum. The world’s largest buffalo — a 26-foot-tall concrete buffalo named Dakota Thunder — keeps a careful eye on the herd and museum alike. 

TURTLE MOUNTAIN CHIPPEWA HERITAGE CENTER

Not far off from the Canadian border, the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center preserves artifacts, artwork, and other cultural items for the Indigenous people of North Dakota. These peoples include the Chippewa, Ojibwe (Anishinaabe), and Metis/Cree.

Per center director Kathy Peltier-Zaste on the center’s website, “The Mission of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Heritage Center is to preserve, promote, and apprise the history, culture, and language of the Tribe in order to promote wellness within the community and surrounding communities by educating the public – especially the youth – of the beautiful, health, holistic, diverse and living cultures here, and how this can be used to benefit the lives of community members now, and in the generations to come.”

THE ENCHANTED HIGHWAY

Off of exit 72 on I-94, there is a highway unlike any other, The Enchanted Highway .

Perched along the country highway in Regent, North Dakota, are a series of metal sculptures created to bring more life to the area. Each sculpture has a kiosk with a parking lot for visitors to enjoy the artwork.

Some of the pieces include “Grasshoppers in the Field,” “Teddy Rides Again,” and “Pheasants on the Prairie.” Miniatures of each sculpture can be purchased at the gift shop in Regent. 

FORT ABRAHAM LINCOLN STATE PARK

Opened in 1907, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is North Dakota’s oldest state park. Not only does the park preserve the natural environment, but it also preserves the history of the people who originally called the land home. Reconstructed homes of the Mandan peoples show visitors what life would have been like for them on the plains. 

Throughout the park, there are almost 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Favorite trails include Little Soldier Loop Trail, Bob Tailed Pass, and Mato-tope Trail.

The rebuilt village, as reported by Lewis and Clark, shows a time when the Mandan people were thriving before being almost wiped out by a smallpox epidemic.

PLAINS ART MUSEUM

Originally called the Red River Art Center, which opened in 1965 in Moorhead, Minnesota, the Plains Art Museum came to its current home in Fargo, North Dakota in 1997. This former warehouse space houses a large art collection, studios, shops, performance spaces, and a visitor’s center. Admission to the museum is always free.

The museum collections include modern, post-modern, photography and art by Indigenous artists from a variety of places. Much of the museum’s programming includes its permanent collection, though they also have temporary exhibitions as well. Some past exhibitions have included “Architecture for the Birds,” “Notes Toward the Soul of Water,” and “La Línea.” 

Read More: 14 PHENOMENAL THINGS TO DO IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

MAAH DAAH HEY TRAIL

As is the case in much of North Dakota, the Maah Daah Hey Trail shows off how varied the landscape of the state truly is. Visitors can see not just the sprawling plains that are often associated with North Dakota, but also rock formations, waterways, and grassy gorges.

Nine trails through the system provide an opportunity for adventurers of all ability levels a chance to experience the area for themselves.  Some trails are friendly for both biking and horseback riding, while others, like the mighty Maah Daah Hey Trail at 144 miles, can be a multi-day journey.

Because there are so many trails to enjoy, there are also campsites spread around the trail system.

NORTH DAKOTA HERITAGE CENTER AND STATE MUSEUM

Home to many organizations that try to protect the history of the region, the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum does important work.

The center itself is a massive space, and they added nearly 100,000 square feet of space in 2014. Exhibitions go far beyond just showcasing the human culture of the area. The Geologic Time gallery shows what life would have been like in North Dakota hundreds of millions of years ago. Other exhibit areas include The Prairie Post Office, Birds of North Dakota, and the Native American Hall of Honor. 

When you’re ready to head outside, you can wander the Capitol Grounds Arboretum Trail to enjoy nature, as well as manmade art on display. Nearby, you can enjoy the sights from the observation deck on the 18th floor of the State Capitol. 

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN

These 2300 acres of gardens at the International Peach Garden represent peaceful life between Americans and Canadians.

Established in 1932, the International Peace Garden greets visitors from across the world to spend time among its natural beauty. The gardens are home to over 155,000 flowers, as well as a range of wildlife. 

The International Peace Garden is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2022.

KNIFE RIVER INDIAN VILLAGES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Reconstructed earthlodge homes curate a look into the past at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site . Celebrating the lives of those who originally lived on the plains, this site teaches visitors about the Hidatsa people, Sakakawea, and others who once trod the land here.

Other topics to learn about on the site include the Lewis and Clark expedition, other elements of Native American history, and more about the history of the land itself. 

LEWIS AND CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER

Housing artifacts, not just of the Lewis and Clark expedition, but culturally significant items to others who traveled or lived in the area, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center seeks to teach visitors about the famous explorers and much more.

The center’s website even acknowledges that the duo was simply the most famous travelers to come upon the North Dakota region, though they were hardly the first or the most significant. So this site tries to capture the stories of others who also made their way here.

Note: If you look this location up online or on a map, be sure to be specific. There are several Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centers around the country. 

NORTH DAKOTA COWBOY HALL OF FAME

A nod to North Dakota’s storied history of cowboys, rodeos, and horses, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame opened in 2005. Obviously, the main draw (pun intended) of this center is the Hall of Fame itself, though it also houses both temporary and permanent exhibits on Western culture. The center has seasonal hours of operation, so be sure to check the website before heading out there.  

Don’t be surprised to find that even animals are honored in the Hall of Fame (as they should be,) as are many others that you might not immediately expect.  Inductees include the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, who was given the designation of Great Westerner by the Hall of Fame. 

MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO THE MIDWEST

  • FARGO: 14 Phenomenal Things To Do In Fargo, North Dakota
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: 23 Really Amazing Things To Do In South Dakota

WHERE TO STAY IN NORTH DAKOTA

17 Things To Do in North Dakota You Can’t Miss

Follow us here: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube | MSN | TripAdvisor | Flipboard

All articles belong to 365 Atlanta Family LLC, and all photos belong to us as well, unless otherwise noted. It’s all copyrighted. Please don’t repost anything elsewhere without asking me first. All rights reserved. This site uses cookies to enhance your experience.

We make no guarantees of any price listed on our site. We are not responsible for content on external web sites linked from ours, including linked resources, an external blog post, any partner site, hotel property sites, or affiliate sites. We only write about places we love in an attempt to help you in your adventures, but we can’t guarantee you will love them, too.

Posts may contain affiliate links at no cost to you. Several of our trips are also compensated by the respective tourism boards for the city or state we are visiting. This never impacts how we share the destination with you – opinions are always our own and we pride ourselves on that. We do not sell links or accept unsolicited guest posts under any circumstances. Don’t even ask.

United States Copyright, 365 Atlanta Family, LLC

View our Privacy Policy | Subscribe to our Newsletter | Contact Site Owner | View Terms & Conditions | About Us

  • Latest Posts

north dakota state tourist attractions

  • 12 Absolutely Amazing Things To Do in Prague - 10/17/2022
  • 24 Spectacular Waterfalls in Texas You Can’t Miss - 08/10/2022
  • The Ultimate Beach Packing List for Your Next Vacation - 08/09/2022

Dang Travelers

  • PRIVACY POLICY
  • TRAVEL TIPS
  • AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
  • BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • CONNECTICUT
  • MASSACHUSETTS
  • MISSISSIPPI
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • NORTH CAROLINA
  • NORTH DAKOTA
  • PENNSYLVANIA
  • RHODE ISLAND
  • SOUTH CAROLINA
  • SOUTH DAKOTA
  • VAN CAMPING
  • WORK WITH US

Best Attractions on an Epic North Dakota Road Trip

Much to my husband’s annoyance, a focus of mine this year – since I’m turning the big 4 0 – is to finish visiting every state in the United States. With only two to go, my fifty-before-forty goal will be complete this summer with a week to spare! Since I am so close, I just could not let this go. When I found out the Midwest Travel Network Conference was going to be in my 49th state, I immediately started doing some research. So here we are finishing up an epic North Dakota road trip, leaving only one more state on my list.

Ultimately, we found the drive-through state to be filled with outdoor adventure, quirky roadside attractions, authentic cowboy culture, revitalized urban spaces, and my favorite, unwavering kindness.

Follow along on I-94 as we discover all the best North Dakota attractions you should add to your trip itinerary when you decide to visit.

Map of North Dakota Road Trip

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: To view the layers and see the names of the places on this map, click the tab in the top left corner. You can select the check marks to show or hide certain layers. If you select the icons on the map, you will get more information about the point of interest.  HOW TO SAVE THIS MAP: If you select the star icon, you can save this map to your Google Maps account. To view it, open Google Maps in desktop or on your phone, select the menu button, go to “Your Places,” scroll to the right to Maps, and you will see this map.  

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt, often called the “conservation president,” played a major role in expanding the National Park system. We can thank him for the Antiquities Act of June 8, 1906, which enabled President Roosevelt and succeeding Presidents to proclaim historic landmarks, historic or prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest in federal ownership as national monuments.

Things to do in North Dakota: Visit the spectacular Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Under his presidency, five national parks and four national monuments were established. And his love and respect of the rugged outdoors started in Dakota Territory.

He first came to the Badlands to hunt in 1883 and eventually built two ranches. Both of which you can still visit in North Dakota’s only national park with his namesake. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park covers 70,000 acres of sprawling natural beauty with winding waterways and painted canyons and should definitely make your North Dakota bucket list. 

Things to do in North Dakota: Visit the spectacular Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

MUST-SEE: South Unit 36-mile Loop Drive (*partially closed in the southern section due to road damage- check website for updates), Sunset at Wind Canyon, Painted Canyon Visitor Center Overlook, Ridgeline Nature Trail, Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin, Boicourt Trail, Buck Hill Trail, Oxbow Overlook, River Bend Overlook, Cannonball Concretions Pullout, 14-mile North Unit Scenic Byway.

RELATED: PLACES TO VISIT IN SOUTH DAKOTA

north dakota state tourist attractions

Medora, North Dakota

When exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park book your stay in Medora, one of the “15 Best Small Towns to Visit,” according to Smithsonian Magazine. The delightful western town lies along the edge of the South Unit of the park and is home to two classic North Dakota experiences: The Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue.

Performing all summer long outside among the breathtaking Badlands backdrop, the Medora Musical is a throwback to the Old Wild West days.

Take a seat at the open-air Burning Hills Amphitheatre and soak in the live show dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt’s time here. There’ll be snappy music, spirited dancing and even fireworks.

Epic North Dakota road trip itinerary with all the best attractions along the way.

Pair your evening at the musical with a hearty meal cooked by cowboys. I never thought the words, “slap my steak on that pitchfork” would ever come out of my mouth but that was before I spent time in Medora North Dakota!

Come hungry because the steak also comes with fresh fruit, salad, coleslaw, vegetables, baked beans, garlic toast, baked potatoes, brownies, and cinnamon-sugar donuts served cafeteria-style.

Unique things to do in North Dakota: PItchfork steak fondue in Medora.

Walk around and soak in the authenticity and charm of this small town. Take a selfie with Teddy, grab an ice cream cone, and pick up a souvenir or two.

Discover North Dakota with a road trip across the state starting with historic Medora and ending in quirky Fargo.

Stop in the Little Missouri Saloon , established in 1883, where the door handles are pistols and the ceiling is draped in dollar bills. There’s even a small blackjack table tucked away in the corner. If it’s nice out, head upstairs to the outdoor patio for a bite to eat.

Make sure to stay in Medora, North Dakota when visiting the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Enchanted Highway

Heading east through the state, take the detour south at exit 72 to the Enchanted Highway, a road turned into an outdoor art gallery. The 32-mile stretch of scrap metal sculptures will take you from the rural towns of Gladstone to Regent.

Local artist, Gary Greff, devised the project in 1989 and continues to add on to the artsy North Dakota roadside attractions.

Some of our favorites were the “Tin Family,” “Fisherman’s Dream,” and “Pheasants on the Prairie.”

TIP: If you want to make the drive extra special, plan to spend the night in Regent at the Enchanted Castle , co-owned by the creator of the metal sculptures.

New Salem Sue

Roll your way back to I-94 so you don’t miss the next crazy roadside oddity of Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein cow.

New Salem is rich in dairy farms and dang proud of it. At 36 feet high and 50 feet long, Salem Sue can be seen from five miles away. I couldn’t help but wonder how big her udders are!

Her presence shows that New Salem grows With milk-producers’ yields; We’ve got the cow, world’s largest cow That looks across our fields.

Roadside Attraction along I94 in North Dakota: Salem Sue, the world's largest hostein cow.

North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck

Your first stop in Bismarck should be the “Skyscraper of the Prairie,” the North Dakota State Capitol. The 19-story Art Deco building looks nothing like most of its counterparts across the country on the outside but is historical nonetheless.

Head inside, grab a self-guided pamphlet at the info center – if tours are not going on – and take a look around. You might be wondering what is North Dakota known for? Head to the ground floor to find out. The North Dakota’s Hall of Fame is where you’ll discover the who’s who of notable people from the state and what they’ve accomplished.

Walk up the stairs to the first floor while noticing the jet black Belgium marble along the wall leading you to the prominent North Dakota seal.

You’ll find yourself in the monumental Memorial Hall , where bright gold colored ornamental sculptures keep watch above the revolving doors. They depict the farming and mining communities so prevalent throughout North Dakota. Keeping with the agricultural theme, the huge chandeliers hanging overhead represent the head of wheat.

On the same floor, walk to the east side of the building to see the tower elevators that are adorned with bronze reliefs representing the pioneer experience.

Then zip on up to the 18th floor observation deck for fantastic views of the city.

If you are taking a road trip across North Dakota, don't miss the state capitol!

And afterward, walk over to the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum , the official history museum of the state. Enter through the sleek glass atrium and take notice of the rare round stones planted at the front entrance. The cannonball concretions are unique formations from the Cannonball River in North Dakota.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Visit the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum.

MUST-SEE: Explore the Underwater World exhibit that has the world’s largest giant squid fossil, the Innovation Gallery that has a handpainted mural of Double Ditch Indian Village, a rare mummified dinosaur, and much more!

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Visit the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Travel back in time during two specific time periods at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park . The museum at the Visitor Center gives a great introduction and in-depth look at the history of the area.

Then, delve into the 1500’s at On-A-Slant Indian Village where you’ll discover five reconstructed earthlodges. The Mandan tribe inhabited the confluence of the Missouri and Heart Rivers from the late 16th century until 1781.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Spend an afternoon in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Afterward, either walk or drive up to the Infantry Post. The blockhouses offer spectacular views of the Missouri river valley.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Spend an afternoon in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Then fast forward to 1875. Over 100 years later after the tribe had already left, the land became a military post. General George Custer and his wife lived here until his death.

Travel Tip: Plan for at least 3-4 hours. The state park surprised us as far as depth of information and walking trails.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Spend an afternoon in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Lewis and Clark Riverboat

One of the top attractions in Bismarck is the Lewis and Clark Riverboat tour. Float down the Missouri River and see what it was like back in the early days when riverboats were the major mode of transportation.

Begin your voyage at Keelboat Park on the 40-foot flat bottom boat as you feel American history come alive. Plan a sunset cruise like we did and you’ll have the glowing prairie sky meet the rippling waters edge for a perfect end of the evening.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Take a sunset cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat.

Be on the lookout for the unusual four-headed Thunderbird statue located right on the banks of the river next to the parking lot for the boat. Built by students, the sculpture has an eerie kind of beauty to it.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Roadside Attraction Four-headed Thunderbirds Statue.

Bismarck is one of those cities that will surprise you. We only planned for one overnight but wished we had designated another one to explore more.

If you like artsy things check out Art Alley located on 5th street halfway between Broadway and Main Avenues. It reminded me of Kansas City’s art scene a little bit. Turning ugly dark alleyways into colorful paths of genuine talent is a fantastic way to revitalize an area.

Things to do in Bismarck, North Dakota: Walk down Art Alley.

Frontier Village and the World’s Largest Buffalo

In case you haven’t seen enough buffalo yet, your next stop should be the World’s Largest Buffalo, Dakota Thunder. Standing tall over Jamestown since 1959 at 26-feet high and weighing in at 60 tons, it is quite a sight to see. Also, be on the lookout for the rare albino buffalo in the pasture below.

Roadside Attraction along I94 in North Dakota: World's Largest Buffalo, Dakota Thunder.

On your way to the concrete giant, you’ll pass by old pioneer buildings that were transplanted here from other parts of North Dakota.

Take a walk in and explore a little.

Lining the street is a trading post, saloon, barber shop, post office, church, and print shop all right out of an Old Wild West movie. I could almost hear the swinging doors and banging gunfights.

Fun Fact: Louis L’Amour, the American novelist who wrote Western books dedicated to life on the frontier, was born and raised in Jamestown. You can read more about him and his books at the Writer’s Shack.

LIKE ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS? ROUTE 66 IS LINED WITH THEM!

Epic North Dakota road trip itinerary with all the best attractions along the way. Stop in Jamestown where you'll find Frontier Village and the World's Largest Buffalo.

Tower Travel Center

The Tower Travel Center is not just another truck stop, it is a pie destination. You read that right, this pit stop is more like a pie stop. Pies are made fresh daily with a wide selection to choose from. We planned on taking two to go but they didn’t make it out the door!

Fun North Dakota roadside attraction: Pie at the Tower Travel Center Cafe.

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center

Our final stop is looking for fun things to do in Fargo North Dakota. Lying on the edge of the Minnesota – North Dakota border in a repurposed old grain elevator, you’ll find the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center.

It is not your typical tourist information center. Walk down the Celebrity Walk of Fame where names like Def Leppard, Dr. Ruth, Metallica, and Neil Diamond will jump out at you.

Then head inside for free popcorn, coffee, and a few photo ops like shoving a foot down in the renowned woodchipper from the cult classic, Fargo .

And if North Dakota is your 50th state, join the Best for Last Club. Young and old have joined the ranks from nine to ninety-nine years old. You’ll receive a commemorative t-shirt, an official certificate, sticker and a round of applause from the staff. If I had only gotten to Oregon first! DANG!

OTHER NOTABLE THINGS TO DO IN FARGO: Drekker Brewery, Sandy’s Donuts, Fargo Air Museum, and North Dakota University.

Make sure to stop at the Fargo Visitor Center to take the obligatory picture with the woodchipper!

Is North Dakota worth visiting? Is there anything to see in North Dakota? That’s a hard YES. In fact, throughout our North Dakota road trip we found ourselves saying over and over again, the poor state gets a bad rap as boring but it is nothing close to that. There are so many unique things to do and authentic experiences to be had but maybe we should have kept that to ourselves so it doesn’t get overrun by tourists!

We found so many cool North Dakota attractions on our road trip! Did we miss any? Share with us in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: We were hosted by Bismarck Mandan CVB for one night during our North Dakota road trip. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences expressed, however, are my own.*

Please Share for Later!

If you are planning a North Dakota road trip, do not miss these cool roadside attractions! Hit the road with this bucket list itinerary and you won't miss a thing from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Fargo. #northdakota #travel

  • About Author
  • Latest Posts

Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

Latest posts from Angela

  • The Best Things to Do in South Haven, Michigan - July 15, 2024
  • Explore Indiana Amish Country: A Perfect Weekend Itinerary - July 8, 2024
  • The Best Time to Visit the Galápagos Islands - June 26, 2024

14 Responses

Rob+ann @travellatte(.net).

You’re making us want to head to North Dakota for sure! Rob went as a teenager…that was so long ago that it hardly counts anymore! 😉 Great post, and great photos! The views are just spectacular. Thanks for stoking our wanderlust!

Diane E Clinton

Add the Lewis and Clark museum in Washburn, Writing Rock State Park in Divide County, Norsk Hostfest each September in Minot, Scandinavian Heritage park in Minot. You’ll need to come back to ND for your 41st!

Dang Travelers

Thanks for these great ideas Diane! We focused on I94 this trip since we’re we’re heading to the national park but next time we’d love to get around the state more!

I remember the Jamestown buffalo from my childhood! Always a memorable stop.

Chelsey Knuth

Totally wish I could have gone to the conference in Medora this year! TDNP has been on my bucket list for quite awhile. North Dakota sounds incredible!

It really was. Even when I was doing my research, I didn’t fully grasp what was out that way and just how beautiful it is. And how cool is it that the National Park isn’t busy?! So not used to that! Hopefully you’ll get out there soon!!

Jamestown actually has a lot of really beautiful walking trails, too! There’s a 10 mile white cloud trail, a 5 mile scenic overlook trail along the reservoir, 8 mile trail just out of town at pipestem with a 5 mile one way trail just next door at northridge/parkhurst (these are great for biking, and there’s even a bike race there every year).

Get out!? We will have to get back there and explore more!

How many days was this trip?

It was 9 days – we spent a few in Theodore Roosevelt National Park/Medora and a few in Bismarck.

Sylvia Brown

Where did you fly into and out of? Where were your overnight stays? Thank you for sharing this, I’m planning on visiting this summer.

Hi Sylvia! We drove out to North Dakota but you can fly into Dickinson or Bismarck. We stayed in Medora (Badlands Motel but it is temporarily closed down, an alternative is the Rough Riders Hotel or the AmericInn), Bismarck, and Fargo – both cities have a variety of hotels to choose from. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for the ideas and tips! Hoping to visit Summer 2021.

Pat Johnson

You should have stopped in Valley City and checked out the Medicine Wheel. It’s not far off the highway. Glad you enjoyed North Dakota!

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

Kidventurous

Kidventurous

Making Family Travel an Adventure

north dakota state tourist attractions

25+ Really Cool Things to Do in North Dakota

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit North Dakota for the very first time. Similar to my adventure in South Dakota , I drove across the state on one highway. This time it was I-94, from Fargo on the east side to Medora on the west side in search of all the best things to do in North Dakota.

Table of Contents

Things to Do in Fargo, North Dakota 

My primary reason for traveling to North Dakota was to run the Go Far Woman Half Marathon . I’m running a half marathon in every state and this race in Fargo was state #18.

Since I was flying to Fargo from DC (and you can’t get there direct from here), I thought I should spend a few extra days to see more of the state. Over four days, I saw it all, or at the very least, I stopped at the “9 Places to Visit in North Dakota Along I-94.” These would all make great additions to any North Dakota bucket list.

Places to Visit in North Dakota Along Interstate 94 Brochure

I was so glad I spotted the above brochure of North Dakota tourist attractions in the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center in Fargo. It was perfect. There are 16 stops to make along I-94 and I was going to stop at every one of these popular North Dakota attractions. Or at least try, but first, let’s talk about Fargo.

I literally knew nothing about Fargo before flying there (though now I wear my “Fargo, North of Normal” t-shirt at least once a week). It’s a very small town, but also very cute with lots to see like the historic Fargo Theatre and the Plains Museum.

Historic Fargo Theatre

Fargo is a very bikeable town and thanks to Great Rides, a bike share in Fargo, I biked all over town, including in a loop around Riverside Gardens several times. It was so relaxing. I wanted to make the most of my one-hour rental.

Viking Ship Park 

Viking Ship Park

I stayed the night at the beautiful Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. Every room features art created by local artists. You’ll also find reading rooms and bookshelves with plenty of novels written by area writers, as well as books about the region.

Vinyl Taco 

The Hotel Donaldson just across the street from Vinyl Taco , a must-go in Fargo, which is also open late-night with a lovely outdoor patio. Unfortunately, my room was on the second floor facing Vinyl Taco, making it tough to fall asleep the night before a half marathon. Lesson learned.

Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, North Dakota

So I ran the half marathon, took a quick shower, and then I was on the road to cross the state. Per the brochure I picked up in the visitors center, here are the North Dakota sites to stop for along I-94.

Stop #1: Casselton, Exit 331

The first stop on my tour of North Dakota points of interest was Maple River Winery in Casselton, which is maybe 25 minutes west of Fargo. I live in DC’s Wine Country , also known as Loudoun County, Virginia. So when I think of wineries, I think of the picture below from Greenhill Winery in Middleburg, VA. This is not even a great photo since it was taken in December, but you get the idea, rolling hills, water views.

north dakota state tourist attractions

Maple River Winery

Maple River Winery is basically a small store front in a strip mall in a small town. There were no rolling hills or water views. Maple River Winery is known for its fruit wines and all things made of rhubarb. Their Strawberry Rhubarb Wine was the 2010 International Fruit Wine of the Year.

Maple River Winery in Casselton, ND

I walked around the shop for a bit, checked out their different jams and barbecue sauces, as well as their collection of rhubarb-oriented cookbooks. I bought a rhu-berry flavored Spring Grove Soda Pop and was on my way. I considered buying a bottle of their award-winning wine, but decided against it when I realized I wouldn’t be able to take it on the plane.

Jellies & Preserves at Maple River Winery

Stop #2: Valley City, Exits 294-290  

So I got back on I-94 in search of what to see in North Dakota and drove west to Valley City. City of Bridges and Medicine Wheel Park were the must-sees in Valley City, but what I found to be the real must-see was Valley City State University (VCSU). VCSU is one of 11 state universities in North Dakota. I only explored a small portion of the campus, but it was beautiful.

Valley City State University Gates

City of Bridges 

When I entered Valley City, I was on College Street since that’s how I was mapped to get to “City of Bridges.” The parking lot and one of the footbridges that make up the City of Bridges is just across the street from the campus. When I saw the entrance above, I knew I had to go in.

VCSU Foot Bridge in Valley City, ND

After a short walk around campus, I crossed the VCSU Foot Bridge over the Sheyenne River in the photo above. This is one of eight bridges in Valley City. I also checked out the West City Park Bridge not far down the road. You can read the history of all eight bridges here .

Valley City - City of Bridges

Medicine Wheel Park 

Sadly, I could not find Medicine Wheel Park . Later I noticed (from a map) that it was on the other side of the VCSU campus. Since I drove around for at least 10 minutes looking for the park, I think I deserve at least an A for effort. At that moment, however, I still had a lot of stops to make before settling in for the night in Bismarck.

Stop #3: Jamestown, Exits 260-257

There’s not a lot to see and do in Jamestown . Fortunately, all of it is in the same place. So you can park once and see it all. 

Frontier Village-Barber Shop

Frontier Village

Map to Frontier Village on your GPS and you’ll be on the outskirts of a Wild West town from the late-1800s. It’s one of the more kitschy attractions in North Dakota. Walk around the town and stop in old-time shops, like a trading post, dentist, barber shop and a frontier cabin. You’ll also find gift shops featuring handmade products made by local artisans. On select summer weekends, you may even be treated to a Wild West Shoot-Out.

National Buffalo Museum 

Next, I wandered over to the National Buffalo Museum . The admission fee is $8 for adults and there’s a lot inside to see and learn about, including the history of bison and the Plains Indians. You can also read up on White Cloud, the legendary white buffalo.

National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND

Legendary White Buffalo

White Cloud lived with the bison herd that roams the plains around the museum for nearly 20 years. Today, one of her offspring, Dakota Miracle, another white buffalo, can be seen roaming the pasture from time to time. I did not see him, but I trust he was there.

Albino buffalo are quite rare and some Native Americans consider them to be sacred, so White Cloud had a special place in the hearts of North Dakotans. There’s a viewing deck behind the museum to look out into the buffalo pasture.

White Cloud Buffalo

Another buffalo worth checking out while at Frontier Village is the World’s Largest Buffalo named Dakota Thunder. It’s a monument on the property that stands 26-feet tall and looks over all of Jamestown down below. It’s definitely worth a selfie as you cross the state checking off the best of what to do in North Dakota.

Dakota Thunder-World's Largest Buffalo

Home of Louis L’Amour

As you make your way back through Frontier Village to your car, pop in the Home of Louis L’Amour, a beloved writer of Western novels and short stories. Born in Jamestown, you can visit his home in Frontier Village (also known as the Writer’s Shack) or walk along the Trail of L’Amour.

Louis L’Amour Home

Stop #4: Bismarck / Mandan, Exits 161-147  

Once I checked out all the Frontier Village had to offer, I got back in my rental car, filled up with gas at the closest gas station, got a snack and was on my way to Bismarck. Since I got a late start, I didn’t roll in to Bismarck until close to 5 pm. By then it was too late to see any more places of interest in North Dakota, so I checked in to the Radisson Hotel Bismarck and was out like a light.

north dakota state tourist attractions

The next day, I woke up early since I had a lot of stops to make before arriving in Medora (120 miles away) that evening. Fortunately, there was a time change in my favor along the way. I love it when that happens. 🙂

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park 

By 8 am, I was at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in nearby Mandan. It was maybe 15-20 minutes from my hotel in Bismarck and it was so worth the drive. Fort Abraham Lincoln served as a military post and also has a rich Native American history. I was literally the only person there for awhile as I explored the Slant Indian Village and its unique earth lodges.

Slant Indian Village at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Next I drove up the hill to the infantry post, Fort McKeen, to walk around the blockhouses and palisades that served to protect the post. It’s a must to explore if only for the panoramic views alone. There’s also a cemetery and many placards describing what was once at this site.

Fort McKeen at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Lewis & Clark Riverboat 

On my way back to Bismarck, I checked out the Lewis & Clark Riverboat tied to the dock along the Missouri River. It was barely 10 am, so I knew I wouldn’t be cruising that day, but since it was on the list of places to visit in North Dakota along I-94, I was going to stop. Visitors can ride the steamboat during the day for a heritage cruise or in the evening to enjoy the sunset.

Lewis & Clark Riverboat

Before I got back on I-94, I had two more stops to make in Bismarck: the North Dakota Heritage Center and the North Dakota State Capitol . Fortunately, they are situated right next to each other, so I could park once and visit both of these North Dakota sights. Always a bonus.

North Dakota Heritage Center 

The North Dakota Heritage Center is a free museum with a variety of exhibits that give you a feel for North Dakota from all different angles. The Adaptation Gallery is all about geology and dinosaurs, while the Innovation Gallery is all about Native American life and influences in North Dakota. The Inspiration Gallery explores North Dakota from the 1800s to present day. This is one of the best things to do in North Dakota to bone up on state history. 

Elephant Fossil at North Dakota Heritage Center

North Dakota State Capitol

Next door, the North Dakota State Capitol is a massive 21-story government building. It’s actually the tallest building in the entire state. I was expecting more of a dome-like capitol building, like in Denver or Austin, but this one was great given all the green space and the park-like setting. Tours are offered year-round on weekdays, as well as on the weekends during summer months. Be sure to also check out the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. It’s one of the more popular places to visit in North Dakota. 

North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck, ND

Stop #5: New Salem, Exit 127  

There’s not much at Exit 127 except for Salem Sue , the World’s Largest Holstein Cow. Add this to your list of things to do in North Dakota, particularly if you’re a big fan (like I am) of funky roadside attractions. 

Salem Sue stands at 38 feet tall. She’s been there since 1974 looking over the hay fields and cows in the pastures of this dairy community. Ask for a brochure at the gas station across the street from the small road that leads up to Salem Sue. If nothing else, it’s a nice place to stop and stretch your legs.

Salem Sue

Stop #6: Richardton, Exit 84  

My next stop was about 45 minutes down the road at Assumption Abbey in the very small town of Richardton, North Dakota.

Assumption Abbey

Also known as St. Mary’s Church, Assumption Abbey was started by a group of Benedictine monks and was completed in the early-1900s. The church is beautiful both inside and out. Just a few miles off I-94, it was definitely worth a stop to explore.

Assumption Abbey

Stop #7: Regent, Exit 72

Exit 72 is the entrance to the Enchanted Highway , which his home to more than a half-dozen public art sculptures along the sides of a two-lane road that leads all the way in to the Enchanted Castle Hotel in Regent.

Enchanted Highway-Grasshoppers

Enchanted Highway

The sculptures along the Enchanted Highway, like “Grasshoppers” and “Fisherman’s Dream,” are fun to check out, but to see all of them, you’ll need to drive 35 minutes (one way) to Regent. Then you’ll need to drive back 35 minutes to I-94. However, in Regent, there is a small gift shop with multiple flavors of ice cream and a variety of snacks to stock up on before getting back in the car.

Enchanted Highway-Fisherman's Dream

Stop #8: Dickinson, Exit 61

Drive 15 minutes down the road and the next stop is Dickinson.

Dickinson Museum Center 

Dickinson is a small town where you can explore the history of dinosaurs in North Dakota at the Dickinson Museum Center . You’ll also find a variety of gem and geology exhibits. As a bonus, there’s a McDonald’s next door for lunch or a quick cup of coffee before moving on to Medora.

Dickinson Museum Center

Stop #9: Medora, Exit 32

After a long day of driving, I was quickly approaching a stop I’d been looking forward to for some time, Medora, North Dakota. Also known as home to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park .

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The national park is divided into two units, North and South. The South Unit is right off I-94, while the North Unit is about 50 miles north of the highway.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

My first stop was the Painted Canyon Visitor Center. The views of the colorful badlands from this point are incredible. I must have taken two dozen photos. There’s also an easy .9 mile loop hike along the Painted Canyon Nature Trail. Again, more fantastic views.

Painted Canyon

At this visitor center, there’s a book store and gift shop, as well as restrooms and picnic shelters. It’s just outside the park so you won’t need to pay the park admission fee. At the Medora entrance, you’ll need to pay the $25 entrance fee and then it’s a short drive to the Medora Visitor Center.

Once you go through the Medora entrance, there’s a 36-mile scenic loop drive with lots of pull-out points for short hikes and scenic views. Allow at least 90 minutes for the drive and more time if you want to hike. The Skyline Vista hike is one of the first you’ll approach by car. It’s just .2 miles and the views are beautiful. If you love national parks as much as I do, you’ll want to put this at the top of your list of places to see in North Dakota. 

Buffalo at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Park rangers offer a number of guided hikes along the Coal Vein, Lower Paddock and Wind Canyon Trails. Pick up a park newspaper when you arrive to check out hike times. Inside the Medora Visitor Center, there’s also a very helpful display of “Short” and “Medium” hikes at the park. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll also add North Dakota’s 13 beautiful state parks, like Lake Sakakawea State Park and Icelandic State Park , to your list of things to see in North Dakota. 

After my afternoon in the park, I checked in to the historic Rough Riders Hotel in downtown Medora. It’s very cute and is most definitely the place to stay when in Medora. I’m honestly not even sure whether there are any other hotels in Medora. It’s a very small town.

Rough Riders Hotel

Medora Musical

Aside from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the other big thing that you do in Medora is watch the nightly Medora Musical , a Broadway-style musical show. That of course is preceded by dinner at Pitchfork Steak Fondue , an outdoor buffet-style steak restaurant located next door to the venue, so get ready to load up your plate with steak, baked potatoes, garlic toast and more.

Medora Musical

It’s hard to believe that Medora was my last stop in North Dakota. It’s a beautiful state and it was so much fun driving across the state on I-94. I was so glad I picked up that brochure at the visitor center in Fargo. Definitely kismet. I can’t wait to go back to explore more tourist attractions in North Dakota. 

More Things to Do in North Dakota

While a drive along I-94 is an excellent way to explore the history and culture of North Dakota, there are some key tourist attractions and an important state historic site or two that you will skip over on the way. Here are five more fun things to do in North Dakota if you have time for a side trip here and there.

Scandinavian Heritage Park 

North Dakota-Scandinavian Heritage Park

If you liked Viking Ship Park, you’ll love Scandinavian Heritage Park . Located in Minot, a 4+ hour drive northwest of Fargo, this outdoor museum showcases all five Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Here you’ll find a Finnish sauna, a Danish windmill, a 240-year-old log house from Norway and much more.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

North Dakota-Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

In the mid-1800’s, Fort Union Trading Post in Williston was widley considered the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and furs for cloth, guns, blankets and beads. Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the reconstructed fort and hike along the Bodmer Overlook Trail. For little ones, look for a Junior Trader program.

International Peace Garden

North Dakota-International Peace Garden

The International Peace Garden sits adjacent to the International Peace Garden Border Crossing between Canada and the United States (in Dunseith, ND). Here you’ll find miles of biking and hiking trails, formal gardens, a peace chapel, a bell tower and a conservatory, even a 9/11 memorial, across this 2,400 acre oasis. In winter, cross-country ski trails open up for cold-weather enthusiasts.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site 

North Dakota-Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site 

Explore the lives, customs and history of the Northern Plains Indian Tribes as they lived on the Upper Missouri River at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton, ND. The site was an important Native American trade center for hundreds of years before becoming a key marketplace for fur traders after 1750.

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

North Dakota-Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

While in Medora, pay a visit to the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site for a tribute to the life and times of Antoine de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Mores. This wildly successful entrepreneur not only started a beef packing line, a stagecoach line and a freighting company, but he established the town of Medora, in honor of his wife. Here, explore the 26-room summer residence of the Marquis’s family, as well as De Mores Memorial Park and Chimney Park.

Disclaimer: I was hosted by the North Dakota Tourism Division . However, I was not compensated for this article and all opinions expressed here are my own.

north dakota state tourist attractions

I Think You Might Also Like:

10 Really Cool Things to Do in Dodge City, KS

  • ← Toy Story Land: What to Know Before You Go
  • 15 Things to Do in Chattanooga with Kids →

Privacy Overview

Saving the best for last: North Dakota deserves more attention

Betcha don’t know much about North Dakota.

    Most folks don’t, beyond vague images of vast treeless prairies stretching across the horizon, and meteorologists’ warnings about extreme winter temperatures.

    Last month, after four globe-trotting decades as a travel writer, I finally made it there with my husband on a road-trip from Detroit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near the Montana border.

    North Dakota was my 50 th state – and, I’m happy to report, this under the radar destination deserves more attention.

    At our first stop, the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center, housed in a repurposed grain elevator, I learned that 50 th -state pilgrimages to North Dakota, like mine, are a thing. More than 6,260 50th-state visits have been recorded in Fargo alone since tourism officials launched a quirky “Best for Last Club” in 2013.

In short order, two travel “ambassadors” welcomed me with a free T-shirt, a signed “You saved the best for last!” certificate, and a photo op with 50 th -state props. They also provided a link to the club’s 1,700-member Facebook group. Visitor centers in Bismarck-Mandan, Minot and Dickinson now offer 50th-state certificates, too.

    Travelers delay visiting North Dakota for a variety of reasons, including the state’s lack of a famous attraction, such as South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, and the fact that North Dakota is somewhat off the beaten motor route and not necessarily easy to reach by air.

    In our short time at the Fargo visitors center, two other travelers joined the 50 th    and last-state club. Catherine Paunov, an educator, flew to North Dakota from Florida specifically to complete her 50th-state quest, while Delaware banker Dale Cochran said he chanced upon the promotion.

    “Honestly, if not for this family wedding, I’m not sure we would have made it here,” he said.

     While at the visitor center, Cochran and his wife checked out the original, infamous wood-chipper from the murder scene in the city’s namesake 1996 movie, "Fargo." With a fake human leg sticking up, the prop is a popular indoor photo stop, drawing hordes of fans of the Coen brother's cult classic.

      Elsewhere in the college town, check out downtown’s art deco Fargo Theatre, art installations, and independent boutiques and restaurants, such as BernBaum’s deli, with eclectic Jewish and Scandinavian fusion fare (try the puff pastry potato knish with mustard crème fraiche). The Plains Art Museum, in a renovated warehouse, is a delight, with contemporary, Native American and regional art.

Across the Red River of the North, which forms North Dakota’s eastern border with Minnesota, Fargo’s sister Minnesota city, Moorhead, is home to the Hjemkomst Center, with guided tours of a replica Norwegianstave church. Also on view is the impressive wooden Viking ship built by Robert Asp, a local high school counselor.

After his death, Asp’s children fulfilled his dream by sailing the Hjemkomst to Norway in 1982 (its name, pronounced Yem-komst, means “homecoming”).  Surprisingly, the ship, with a 63-foot center mast and the horned head of a dragon at the bow, has a post-voyage Detroit connection: it was trucked from here back to its Moorhead-Fargo home in 1983.

            Across the state, Theodore Roosevelt National Park was a trip highlight. On a drive through the South Unit’s rugged Badlands, we hiked beautiful buttes, enjoyed views of canyons and the Little Missouri River, and spotted wild horses, buffalo, and prairie dogs (but no elk or bighorn sheep). The park’s North Unit is even more colorful and dramatic — our friends’ car was blocked for 20 minutes by a small herd of bison.

     As a young man, Roosevelt developed a special attachment to the Badlands. In 1884, devastated by the deaths on the same day — Valentine’s Day — of his wife (childbirth) and mother (typhoid fever), he retreated to the Badlands to ranch and hunt. Known later for his groundbreaking conservation efforts and strength of character, he famously said: “I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.”

       After our long day of exploring, we spent the night at the charming Rough Riders Hotel in the Old West town of Medora. For dinner, we indulged in hefty strip steaks and all the fixings, barbecue-style, at the Pitchfork Fondue dinner attraction, where cowboy-chefs dunk and deep-fry steaks on real pitchforks. Afterward, at an outdoor amphitheater with a Badlands backdrop, we enjoyed the Medora Musical, a high-energy variety show, complete with live horses, Teddy Roosevelt and fireworks.

    Nearby, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library is under construction, scheduled to open July 4, 2026. The $400 million project will boast eco-friendly technology, including a green walkable roof and immersive museum exhibits showcasing Roosevelt’s life and legacy. 

   Also in Medora, we popped into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and played golf at Bully Pulpit, where three holes wind through the Badlands, with breathtaking elevation changes and stunning views.

   Back in Bismarck, we tackled another challenging course, Hawktree Golf Club, with distinctive black sand bunkers to combat white sand-stealing prairie winds.

   Near downtown, the 21-story, dome-less State Capitol stands out as the “Skyscraper on the Prairie.” The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, on the grounds, is a gem, with free admission and parking. Exhibits range from Native American and geologic history to immigrants and energy. The headliner is Dakota, one of only six known dinosaurs with actual mummified skin.

   A sunset cruise in Bismarck on the Missouri River aboard the Lewis & Clark Riverboat was just the ticket to relax.

   And the riverboat is not the only attraction linked to explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. At Fort Mandan State Historic Site and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, north of Bismarck, we learned they spent more time in North Dakota than anywhere else on their epic journey of discovery to the Pacific Northwest .

    Overwintering at the fort for 161 days in 1804-05, they met Sacagawea, the Native American teenager and young mother who, as their interpreter and guide, was crucial to the expedition’s success. And outside the replica fort, near the Missouri River, stands a 7-ton bronze statue of Seaman, Meriweather’s faithful Newfoundland dog that accompanied the expedition.

   In New Town, near Lake Sakakawea, we met Gary Snow, an interpretive guide at the Earth Lodge Village, part of the MHA Nation representing the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Tribe. We were amazed when he told us about watching a YouTube video from Siberia and discovering that he could understand the language.

On this North Dakota road-trip, we found beauty not just in the scenery and attractions but in the people, like Snow, we met along the way.

(Susan R. Pollack is a former Detroit News travel writer. )

For travel information, check ndtourism.com , NoBoundariesND.com , fargomoorhead.org , www.medora.com , www.visitminot.org

Now you know North Dakota

— North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, was said to be on the short list as Donald Trump’s GOP running mate.

— Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in North Dakota’s Badlands, is the only national park named for a single person.

— In Minot, Norsk Hostfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, Sept. 25-28, features a Mystery Viking handing out $100 daily to the first person who finds him or her by asking strangers questions. There’s also a lutefisk-eating competition – that’s traditional Norwegian lye-soaked codfish.

— Minot, site of a major U.S. Air Force Base, also is home to Dakota Territory Air Museum, a treasure-chest of military, vintage and civilian aircraft; its director, Jenna Grindberg, is an expert in World War II aviation history. 

— Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in Mandan features a double attraction: reconstructed earth lodges of a large Native American settlement from the 1650s called On-a-Slant Village; and the Victorian-style home where George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie, lived for three years before his ill-fated battle at the Little Bighorn in Montana.

— North Dakota is the nation’s leading honey-producer — 38.3 million pounds last year. It’s also tops in sunflowers, spring and durum wheat, and flax production.

— Famous North Dakotans include author Louis L’Amour; baseball great Roger Maris; former NBA coach Phil Jackson; NHL quarterback Carson Wentz; actors/entertainers Josh Duhamel, Bobby Vee, Peggy Lee, Ann Sothern, Angie Dickinson, Leslie Bibb and Kellan Lutz; rapper Wiz Khalifa; band leader Lawrence Welk; TV commentator Eric Sevareid; artist James Rosenquist; and Miss America 2018, Cara Mund .

— Larger-than-life roadside attractions are scattered across North Dakota. Among those visible from I-94: Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein cow — six tons of reinforced fiberglass, 38 feet high, 50 feet long — in New Salem, west of Bismarck; and, east of Dickinson, the Guinness-certified world’s largest scrap metal sculpture, “Geese in Flight,” nearly 79 tons, 110 feet tall and 150 feet wide. It’s one of 10 giant metal sculptures artist Gary Greff created on the 32-mile “Enchanted Highway” near his hometown, Regent.

— Minutes off I-94, in Jamestown, travelers may touch the beard of the world’s largest buffalo, a 60-ton, 26-foot-tall concrete sculpture named Dakota Thunder.

— In Fargo’s sister Minnesota city, Moorhead, don’t miss the 12-foot-tall Dilly Bar, the world’s largest, at the local Dairy Queen where it was invented in 1955.

  • Questions? +1 (202) 335-3939
  • Pricing & Comparison Chart

There were 1,435 press releases posted in the last 24 hours and 400,050 in the last 365 days.

Dental Tourism Market 2024 Updates : Trends, Benefits, and Considerations 2021-2031

Dental Tourism Market

Dental Tourism Market

The dental tourism market size was valued at $6.2 billion in 2021, and is estimated to reach $21.5 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2022 to 2031

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE , UNITED STATES, July 15, 2024 / EINPresswire.com / -- According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “ Dental Tourism Market ," The dental tourism market size was valued at $6.2 billion in 2021, and is estimated to reach $21.5 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2022 to 2031.

In recent years, dental tourism has become an increasingly popular trend as people seek affordable, high-quality dental care outside their home countries. This phenomenon is driven by rising dental costs in developed nations, advancements in dental technology, and the desire for more accessible treatment options. This article delves into the key aspects of the dental tourism market, including its growth drivers, popular destinations, benefits, and considerations for potential dental tourists.

𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/A74545

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 Growth Drivers Cost Savings: One of the primary motivations for dental tourists is the significant cost savings. In countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, dental procedures can be prohibitively expensive. For instance, the cost of dental implants in the U.S. can range from $3,000 to $5,000 per tooth, whereas the same procedure might cost $1,000 or less in countries like Mexico, Hungary, or Thailand.

High-Quality Care: Many dental tourism destinations are home to highly skilled dentists who are trained internationally and use state-of-the-art technology. Countries like India, Costa Rica, and Poland have developed a reputation for providing excellent dental care at a fraction of the cost.

Shorter Wait Times: In some countries, patients may face long wait times for dental procedures. Dental tourism offers an opportunity to bypass these delays and receive timely treatment.

Comprehensive Packages: Many dental clinics abroad offer all-inclusive packages that cover the cost of treatment, accommodation, transportation, and even leisure activities, making the experience more convenient and appealing to tourists.

𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 Mexico Mexico is a top choice for dental tourists from the United States and Canada due to its proximity, affordability, and high standards of care. Border cities like Tijuana, Los Algodones, and Cancun are particularly popular.

Thailand Thailand attracts dental tourists from around the world with its combination of advanced dental technology, skilled practitioners, and world-class hospitality. Cities like Bangkok and Phuket are well-known for their dental clinics.

Hungary Hungary, particularly Budapest, is a leading dental tourism destination in Europe. It offers high-quality dental care at competitive prices, attracting patients from countries like the UK, Germany, and Austria.

Costa Rica Costa Rica is a favored destination for dental tourists from North America. It is known for its excellent dental services, modern clinics, and beautiful natural surroundings.

𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬- Liberty Dental Clinic Dubai Dental Hospital Imperial Dental Specialist Center Medlife Group clove dental Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. Franco-Vietnamese Hospital raffles medical group Fortis Healthcare Oris Dental Centre

𝐃𝐨 𝐏𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/A74545

𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 Cost Efficiency: Dental tourists can save 50-70% on dental procedures compared to prices in their home countries.

Quality of Care: Access to experienced dentists and modern facilities ensures high standards of treatment.

Travel Opportunities: Dental tourism allows patients to combine dental care with a vacation, exploring new cultures and destinations.

Customized Treatment Plans: Clinics often offer tailored treatment plans to suit the individual needs and schedules of patients.

Considerations for Dental Tourists Research and Verification: It is crucial to thoroughly research and verify the credentials of dental clinics and practitioners. Look for clinics with international accreditations and positive patient reviews.

Language Barriers: Communication can be a challenge in some destinations. Ensure that the dental clinic has staff who can communicate effectively in your language.

Follow-Up Care: Consider the logistics of follow-up care and potential complications. Make sure there is a plan in place for aftercare, whether it be in the destination country or back home.

Travel and Health Insurance: Check if your health insurance covers dental procedures abroad. Additionally, consider purchasing travel insurance that includes medical coverage.

𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 The dental tourism market is poised for continued growth as more people seek cost-effective, high-quality dental care abroad. By carefully researching and planning their trips, dental tourists can enjoy significant savings, excellent treatment, and the added bonus of experiencing new destinations. As this trend evolves, it is likely to shape the future of dental care, making it more accessible and globalized.

𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 (𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 10% 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭): 𝐓𝐮𝐦𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/tumor-ablation-market-A17208 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐆𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/surgical-glue-market-A31580 𝐍𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/nose-reconstruction-market-A13217

David Correa Allied Market Research +1 800-792-5285 email us here Visit us on social media: Facebook X

You just read:

EIN Presswire's priority is source transparency. We do not allow opaque clients, and our editors try to be careful about weeding out false and misleading content. As a user, if you see something we have missed, please do bring it to our attention. Your help is welcome. EIN Presswire, Everyone's Internet News Presswire™, tries to define some of the boundaries that are reasonable in today's world. Please see our Editorial Guidelines for more information.

IMAGES

  1. North Dakota State Capitol

    north dakota state tourist attractions

  2. 5 Interesting Attractions Of North Dakota

    north dakota state tourist attractions

  3. Top 20 North Dakota Attractions You Must Not Miss

    north dakota state tourist attractions

  4. 7 of the Most Beautiful Places to See in North Dakota

    north dakota state tourist attractions

  5. Tourist attractions in North Dakota

    north dakota state tourist attractions

  6. Jamestown (North Dakota):Discover the Soul of the North Dakota Prairie

    north dakota state tourist attractions

VIDEO

  1. BOISSEVAINE Town in Manitoba Canada 🇨🇦near North Dakota US border

  2. AGRI-BIZ June 9, 2024: North Dakota FFA State Convention, Ag Innovation Corridor, ND Soybean sup

  3. Montana

  4. #buck #monument #witches #foot #maine

  5. South Dakota Secrets: Top 10 Must-See Attractions and Activities

  6. Group Travel

COMMENTS

  1. 30 Must-See Places in North Dakota

    Discover the best places to visit in North Dakota, from historic sites and national parks to scenic trails and roadside attractions. Explore the culture, history and nature of this diverse state with this comprehensive guide.

  2. North Dakota Tourism

    Spring and summer are wonderful times to explore North Dakota, as the weather is generally pleasant, and nature comes alive with vibrant colors and outdoor activities. Experience the beauty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, explore our charming cities and towns. North Dakota has plenty of outdoor adventures including hiking, kayaking ...

  3. 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in North Dakota

    Explore the natural and cultural wonders of North Dakota, from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the National Buffalo Museum. Discover the history, art, and heritage of the state at museums, historic sites, and scenic parks.

  4. Things To Do

    Discover all of the things to do in North Dakota and find out what makes it legendary.

  5. Things to Do in North Dakota

    Things to Do in North Dakota, United States: See Tripadvisor's 139,136 traveler reviews and photos of North Dakota tourist attractions. Find what to do today or anytime in July. We have reviews of the best places to see in North Dakota. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions.

  6. The 25 Best Things to do in North Dakota

    Discover some of the best things to do in North Dakota with our guide to the state's top attractions. This North Dakota bucket list includes where to go for outdoor adventures, family-friendly getaways, and top activities such as hiking, wildlife watching, and fishing.

  7. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in North Dakota (UPDATED 2024)

    10. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. 262. State Parks. Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is your destination! The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is the state agency charged with administering…. 11.

  8. 20 Top Things to Do in North Dakota

    20 Top Things to Do in North Dakota Unspoiled countryside and plenty of outdoor fun await in this rugged state.

  9. 15 Best Things to Do in North Dakota & Places to Visit

    Explore the best places to visit and things to do in North Dakota with our comprehensive travel guide to unforgettable experiences in the Peace Garden State.

  10. Things to Do in North Dakota

    Things to Do in North Dakota, United States: See Tripadvisor's 138,740 traveler reviews and photos of North Dakota tourist attractions. Find what to do today or anytime in June. We have reviews of the best places to see in North Dakota. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions.

  11. Top 20 North Dakota Attractions You Must Not Miss

    Explore the rugged landscape, wildlife, and history of North Dakota with these top attractions. From Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the world's largest buffalo, discover the best places to visit in North Dakota.

  12. 15 Things To Do in North Dakota: The Ultimate Bucket List

    Explore the best North Dakota attractions, from scenic parks and historic sites to cultural and outdoor activities. Whether you love nature, history, or adventure, this state has it all for you.

  13. 10 Best Places to Visit in North Dakota

    Desolate and wild, yet scenic and beautiful, underpopulated North Dakota is one of the least-visited states in the whole country, although it certainly has a lot to offer visitors.

  14. Welcome to North Dakota

    Whether you have already arrived and are selecting your next activity or still in the process of planning your vacation, our website will provide ideas and inspiration for a memorable North Dakota experience! You'll find top attractions, action-packed itineraries and exciting festivals and events offering a wide variety of entertainment throughout the year.

  15. 16 Best Things to do in North Dakota

    North Dakota offers amazing access to the outdoors while remaining off the beaten path. Long overlooked by the traveling masses, there are plenty of things to do in North Dakota's wilderness. You can enjoy beautiful hiking trails through landscapes where Sacagawea lead Louis and Clark.

  16. 17 Things To Do in North Dakota You Can't Miss

    North Dakota's wild Badlands are a perfect landscape to memorialize Roosevelt's dedication to the outdoors. Unlike other state tourist attractions, this one focuses more on taking care of the land than taking advantage of it.

  17. Things to Do in North Dakota

    Things to Do in North Dakota, United States: See Tripadvisor's 139,064 traveler reviews and photos of North Dakota tourist attractions. Find what to do today or anytime in July. We have reviews of the best places to see in North Dakota. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions.

  18. Best Attractions on an Epic North Dakota Road Trip

    Plan your legendary North Dakota road trip with all the best attractions! Start in beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park and end in quirky Fargo.

  19. 25+ Really Cool Things to Do in North Dakota

    There are a lot of fun things to do in North Dakota. As you cross the state on I-94, here's where to stop for history, nature and roadside attractions.

  20. Attractions & Entertainment

    Attractions & Entertainment. If you are searching for a safe, affordable and engaging travel destination, look no further, North Dakota has just what you desire. Our outdoor activities are lively and legendary, and our museums and galleries are inspiring and enlightening. Whether you're searching for rejuvenating recreation, tales of the Old ...

  21. Road Trip Itinerary: The Best of North and South Dakota

    This 7-night itinerary takes you through South Dakota and North Dakota, with stops in Mt. Rushmore, Fargo, Deadwood, as well as National Parks. It also includes details on all the best places to ...

  22. Saving the best for last: North Dakota deserves more attention

    More than 6,260 50th-state visits have been recorded in Fargo alone since tourism officials launched a quirky "Best for Last Club" in 2013. ... The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum ...

  23. Visitor Information, Maps, Guides & Transportation

    Get around North Dakota with these helpful maps, guides, transportation and visitor information offerings.

  24. Dental Tourism Market 2024 Updates : Trends, Benefits, and

    The dental tourism market size was valued at $6.2 billion in 2021, and is estimated to reach $21.5 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2022 to 2031

  25. North Dakota Trip Ideas: Find Adventure Everywhere

    Here are some of the state's more popular routes and things to see and do along the way. These suggested routes lead through major cities and small towns; to attractions big and small; and to unique events and festivals that add to the Legendary charm of North Dakota.

  26. Capital A'Fair

    Don't miss the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association's 50th Annual Capital A'Fair featuring art, food and fun for everyone! There will be 100+ arts and craft vendors, 15+ food vendors, live music, dancers, sidewalk chalk art, demonstrations by many different arts and craft groups, car shows, yoga, face painting, inflatables and so much more!