#124 best destination in the world

North Unit, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Best time to travel: May-June, Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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

Best time to travel: late May-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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

Best time to travel: May, Sept
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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

Best time to travel: June-Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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

Best time to travel: late May-Oct
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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

Best time to travel: May-early June, Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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

Best time to travel: May-June, late Aug-Sept
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 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