North Dakota is home to legendary landscapes and unspoiled beauty. Land so legendary, it captured the hearts of explorers, Lewis and Clark. It grabbed the imagination of President Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “I have always said I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.”
Yep, North Dakota is a land for exploration and adventure.
There is no denying North Dakota’s beauty, with vista’s stretching for miles there is plenty of land for hiking, biking, camping and wandering. North Dakota is a perfect state for those seeking to escape the 9 to 5 grind of big city life and venture into the wilderness.
Here are some of the best adventures to have on any visit to North Dakota.
Become a Cowboy
North Dakota is the perfect state to live out your inner child’s cowboy fantasy.
Living the life of a cowboy on a vacation might never live up to the movie legends of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, but North Dakota landscapes are perfect for playing cowboy.
There are hundreds of miles of trails and wilderness begging to be explored on horseback along with ranches to work on and cattle drives to experience.
Camping and Hiking
Of course, we can’t talk about North Dakota without mentioning some of the best places to hike and camp in the United States. If you are looking for a good place to share some laughs with the family while toasting marshmallows on the fire, then head to Jamestown.
There are an impressive five campgrounds with more than 250 camping spots within 15 miles from Jamestown!
Don’t be fooled. Camping in Jamestown isn’t just for families. It is also a good home base for trekkers, hikers and mountain bikers.
If you are looking for a longer route, head west to Medora and hit the Maah Daah Hey Trail for a multi-day adventure. This epic 144-mile trail carves its way through craggy bluffs, vast badlands of which take you through Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the rolling prairies of North Dakota.
The trail is teeming with wildlife like coyotes, eagles, big horn sheep, bison, deer, elk and wild horses. The trail itself is beautiful and has been called one of the best hikes in North Dakota. If hiking, or exploring some of caves in the US isn’t your cup of tea then you can also conquer the trail on a mountain bike or horseback.
Travelers love visiting the reconstructed Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston. In the mid-1800’s, this fort was an extremely important fur trading post on this side of the Missouri River. The fort gives you a glimpse of what life would have been like in North Dakota in the 1800’s
Another reconstructed fort site not to miss if you are a history buff is Fort Abraham Lincoln near Bismarck/Mandan. The old cavalry and infantry post have been rebuilt which show living conditions for the army over 100 years ago.
Visiting either of these forts is like taking a step back in time over.
North Dakota isn’t all about the wilderness. Vibrant cities across the state are waiting for you to visit and explore.
Fargo is bustling with things to see and do. The city’s “North of Normal” attitude showcases some of their quirky offerings. Yet Fargo has an energetic vibe with unique shopping, cultural and artistic events, to major events and concerts. Not to mention the food.
Bismarck, North Dakota’s capital city, is a must-see and so is its sister-city, Mandan. The area is truly a hub of culture, history and shopping. Take a visit to the North Dakota Heritage Center, tour the State Capital Building and float on the Missouri River aboard the Lewis & Clark Riverboat.
North Dakota will leave you with a lasting impression long after you leave. The diverse land, the epic views, the breathtaking hikes and vibrant cities are well worth a visit. North Dakota is a land of the untamed, wild and untouched by time.
Brought to you by @NorthDakota but all opinions are my own.
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