#124 best destination in the world

North Unit, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

  • National park of the badlands comprising three geographically separated areas:the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit
  • Honoring U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, it is the only American national park named directly after a single person
  • Both main units of the park have scenic drives, approximately 100 miles of foot and horse trails, wildlife viewing, and back country hiking and camping

Enchanted Highway

  • Collection of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures, constructed at intervals along a 32-mile stretch of two-lane highway in the southwestern part of of North Dakota
  • Each sculpture has a developed pull-out and several have picnic shelters; the highway passes through scenic farm country with intermittent buttes
  • The road has no highway number, although its northern portion is 100 1/2th Avenue SW counting from Bismarck, ND, which is 85 miles to the east

Fort Abraham Lincoln, Mandan

  • North Dakota state park located 7 miles south of Mandan, the park is home to the replica Mandan On-A-Slant Indian Village and reconstructed military buildings including the Custer House
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie, lived on Fort Abraham Lincoln from 1873 until Custer died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876
  • Today the house and seven other major fort buildings, including a barracks, the fort’s makeshift theater, a stable building, and several blockhouses, have been rebuilt

Plains Art Museum, Fargo

  • Fine arts museum located in Fargo, opened in 1965
  • The museum’s permanent collection contains approximately 3,000 works including national and regional contemporary art, traditional American Indian art, and traditional folk art
  • Artists whose work is represented include Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and many others

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Stanton

  • Established in 1974, the site preserves the historic and archaeological remnants of bands of Hidatsa, Northern Plains Indians, in North Dakota
  • This area was a major trading and agricultural area
  • Three villages were known to occupy the Knife area, these three villages are known as Hidatsa villages, established around 1600

North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck

  • North Dakota’s official history museum located on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds in Bismarck, opened in 1981
  • In 2008, the museum, which has been called a “Smithsonian on the plains”, became home to a rare mummified Edmontosaurus with fossilized skin

Maah Daah Hey Trail, Burning Coal Vein Campground

  • 144-mile non-motorized single track trail that runs from USFS Burning Coal Vein Campground, to the USFS CCC campground
  • The Trail winds through the Little Missouri National Grasslands in North Dakota’s Badlands to form the longest continuous singletrack mountain biking trail in America
  • The trail connects both the North Unit and South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, although biking is not allowed in the parks themselves
  • The entire trail is open to hikers and horseback riders