From captivating badlands to historic towns to nature and outdoor recreation, North Dakota is rich with culture, history, attractions and fun things to see and do. One trip to the state and you'll understand why it's known as the friendliest and safest state to visit.
North Dakota Highlights
Don't leave without tasting...
Juneberry Pie from Lund’s Landing (in the town of Ray); Knoephla soup (chicken and potato soup with dumplings) from Kroll’s Diner (Mandan); Chippers (chocolate-covered potato chips) from Carol Widman’s Candy (Fargo); Lefse (a Scandinavian flat bread made from potatoes) from Freddy’s Lefse (West Fargo).
Put these events on your calendar
- Fargo Marathon (May)
- North Dakota State Fair (July)
- United Tribes International PowWow (September)
- Norsk Hostfest (September).
- North Dakota’s Badlands
- Sunsets anywhere in the state
- Camping under star-filled skies
- Buffalo roaming next to your bike on the Maah Daah Hey.
Top photo opportunities
- White buffalo at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Enchanted Highway sculptures.
- The wood chipper used in the film Fargo, now on display at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau
- International Peace Garden.
Want to stay up late?
You’ll want to go to Hodo in Fargo, Toasted Frog in Grand Forks, Peacock Alley in Bismarck, 10 North Main in Minot or Boots in Medora.
Your child will always remember...
Going on stage at the Medora Musical and dancing with Teddy the Bear.
Don't overlook this...
The International Peace Garden in Dunseith.
History happened here
Fort Mandan, where they met their Shoshone guide, Sakakawea. General Custer departed from Fort Abraham Lincoln to look for gold (he found it) in the Black Hills; he was also at Fort Abraham Lincoln before his ill-fated expedition to Little Big Horn. Last but not least, President Theodore Roosevelt came to Medora to find himself after personal tragedy, and he found in himself the man that would lead the country. Their stories are told around the state at many attractions.
Made in the state
- A Touch of Honey, in Linton, uses honey from their apiaries to produce liquid and creamed honey. It also sells body-care products such as lotions and creams, lip balms and shower gels
- Tama Smith’s Prairie Fire Pottery is prized by collectors for its rich glaze colours, reminiscent of the western North Dakota landscape. Tours of the studio and kiln room, located in downtown Beach, are available upon request.
The North Dakota Badlands are best seen from the saddle of a horse, the seat of a mountain bike or by hiking. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a dirt single-track trail—not open to motor vehicles—that runs through the badlands and parts of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Wooden posts mark the trail and campsites can be found along the way. Wildlife you might see here includes: mule deer, coyotes, golden eagles, prairie falcons, bighorn sheep and elk.