There are all the big attractions you’ve heard of plenty times in North Dakota, but there are tons of other things hidden around the state that you may not have thought about. It’s not always about state parks or sporting goods stores with ferris wheels inside. Sometimes you have to look past those and think a little differently to enjoy yourself, unwind, and do something a bit unusual to change things up.
1. Walk of Fame - Fargo
You may have gone by this before without a second glance. There are more than 110 signatures on this path from tons of big names - bands like Metallica and country stars like Toby Keith included. See who you can find while strolling down this path.
2. Taube Museum of Art - Minot
This isn't only an awesome art museum with constantly changing art features. It also is located in a building more than 100 years old that was originally a bank.
3. On-a-Slant Village - Mandan
One of the first settlements in North Dakota is still partially preserved here. Four of the original unique shelters still stand today and allow tours. Why not check it out?
4. Jamestown Reservoir - Jamestown
Other than offering great lakeside activities, the park at the reservoir also has a world-class disc golf course. It's the perfect place for a lazy (or active) day out in the summer.
5. Paul Broste Rock Museum - Parshall
This museum consists of one man's collection of hundreds of rock samples. Some of them are the only ones of their kind in the world. Even if you aren't quite a geologist, it's a pretty neat place to look around. The building itself is also unusual yet cool, and known as the "acropolis on a hill."
6. Pembina Gorge - Walhalla
Who said North Dakota doesn't have any trees? This beautiful gorge is great if you have an itch to get out into nature and looks downright gorgeous, especially in fall.
7. Frost Fire Ski & Snow Board Area - Walhalla
Believe it or not, North Dakota does have skiing! And it is right in the Pembina Gorge, so you can visit that place year round and have a blast. There are two other skiing areas in the state as well: Huff Hills in Mandan, and the Bottineau Winter Park.
8. Larger-Than-Life Statues - Statewide
We do seem to have a love of oversized animal statues. They can be found pretty much all over the state. Wally the Walleye in Garrison, Wahpper the catfish in Wahpeton, Salem Sue the Holstein cow in New Salem - you name it, we probably have it. Although a bit cheesy to some, going on a scavenger hunt across the state to find these guys and see them in person is actually pretty fun.