Located in the Midwestern region of the U.S., North Dakota is dominated by the Great Plains. The area is famous for its badlands. It has a strong agricultural economy. The geographical center of North America is in, ironically, Center, North Dakota. In 2007, a Guinness World Record was made in the state for the most snow angels made in one place simultaneously. The state also contains the most significant deposit of lignite in the world. In 1999, well-preserved remains of a 67 million-year-old hadrosaur was discovered in Marmath. Read on to learn all the places you can go in this North Dakota travel guide.
First, a little history…
In the late 18th century, the land was claimed by France and was later purchased by the US in 1803. North Dakota, along with South Dakota, was originally part of the Nebraska and Minnesota territories until 1861 and was admitted into the Union in 1889.
Until the 1800s, the region’s population was very low. It was not until the construction of railroads in the late 1800s when American settlers started moving into the state.
Travel Guides for this State
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Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
The site consists of several villages rebuilt here to preserve the culture. Visitors can go on field trips and see what the native environment used to be like. The museum is the site’s highlight where you can look at artifacts and relics from the village. The historic site also has various hiking trails through the scenic landscape. You can also participate in craft shows, games, and ceremonies that honor the Native environment and culture.
North Dakota Heritage Center
If you are interested in the history of North Dakota from the prehistoric era to modern times, you can visit the Heritage Center and tour its four museum galleries. There are many displays and exhibits, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and a model of the Hubble Space Telescope. In the Northern Lights Atrium of the heritage center, you can have a unique experience and watch vivid green lights dance across a starry sky.
Plains Art Museum
From contemporary to traditional American Indian art, the Plains Art Museum in Fargo has a huge collection of works. In addition, there are workshops and family programs that introduce tourists to fine arts specific to the region of North Dakota.
Scandinavian Heritage Park
This heritage park offers its visitors a chance to learn about the Scandinavian culture in countries including Norway and Denmark. There are many replica buildings and statues in the outdoor museum. The best time to visit the museum is summer, as you can tour multiple on-site facilities between May and September.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The park is named after the 26th president of the United States and is a major attraction in North Dakota. Theodore Roosevelt National Park features stunning badlands, various hiking trails, and the Little Missouri River. These scenic views in the park make it one of the most sought-after locations in the region for campers. Don’t miss the nearby Pitch Fork Fondue!
Some other notable places:
The Enchanted Highway
National Buffalo Museum
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Maah Daah Hey Trail
Lake Sakakawea And Garrison Dam
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