Attractions May 01, 2021
The Definitive Guide To Uncovering North Dakota’s Best Attractions — Small Towns, Gorgeous Parks, Museums, And More!
North Dakota’s spectacular natural scenery, friendly residents, and wide open spaces make it the ideal destination for exploration, no matter what your interests. Get a real taste of life in North Dakota by visiting its enchanting small towns and super tiny towns; by going shopping at its adorable stores, and by stocking up on fresh fruits, veggies, and goodies at its many farmers markets. For a relaxing day sampling wine, visit one of the state’s wineries, or hang out with the kids at the zoo. If you love shopping, you’ll hit pay dirt in North Dakota. The state boasts an eclectic assortment of shops, ranging from old-fashioned general stores and grocery stores to thrift stores and bookstores. Adventure is never far when you live in North Dakota. Here are just a few of North Dakota’s best attractions to get you started on your adventure.
The Best Small Towns In North Dakota
North Dakota’s certainly dotted with small towns
really tiny towns that especially deserve a second look. Some of North Dakota’s most charming small towns, in fact, are so tiny that their popular caps at 100 residents. If it’s a tranquil, close-knit community for which you’re looking, you’ll find it in such adorable towns as Great Bend and Hamilton, the latter of which hosts the Pembina County Fair. It’s the oldest fair in North Dakota, making it more than bucket list-worthy. If you’re a fan of remote places,
remote, head straight for the super-tiny town of Sentinel Butte, home to just 60 residents.
What is your favorite tiny town in North Dakota?
The Must Visit General Store In North Dakota
General stores, once a familiar sight on the North Dakota landscape, have slowly shuttered their doors. However, we can still find a few of the old-fashioned shops that remind us of yesteryear. When you’re in the mood for a hearty helping of nostalgia, plan a visit to Edinburg General Store. The adorable two-level shop boasts a generous of selection of, well, just about everything – from hardware to home décor. What might strike your eye first, however, is the model train that chugs along a track above shoppers’ heads. Take a minute to appreciate the old-school train as it moves along before you explore the rest of the shop.
Have you explored Edinburg General Store yet?
The Unique Park In North Dakota
North Dakota’s brimming with hidden gems, including the 55 million-year-old trees in Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora. You really have to see for yourself to appreciate them, so plan a visit to the sprawling park that features a one-of-a-kind one-mile trail. Wear comfy hiking boots or shoes for your trek along the trail that winds through a prehistoric forest dotted with petrified wood formations. The formations may look
in the photos, but wait until you see just how huge they are really are. This is definitely a photo-worthy experience, so don’t forget your camera or smartphone. You may even run into local wildlife, including bison, as you meander along the trail.
Can you imagine what the prehistoric forest must have looked like millions and millions of years ago?
The One Of A Kind Boat Ride In North Dakota
Exploring North Dakota is pretty easy, but if you’re yearning to sail on an old-fashioned riverboat, you have just one choice. However, it’s one absolutely amazing choice. You’ll begin your adventure at Keelboat Park in Bismarck, where you’ll climb aboard the Lewis & Clark Riverboat. The two-level boats offer plenty of seating and gorgeous views just about anywhere you sit. Watch the scenery roll by as you meander down the Missouri River and listen to the colorful narrative about Lewis and Clark. If you prefer a leisurely boat ride paired with some delicious food, check out the BBQ cruise and the pizza cruise. A sunset cruise is also a picture-perfect way to end a beautiful day.
When will you journey down the Missouri River?
The Most Charming Farmers Market In North Dakota
Summer’s all about fresh fruits and veggies picked straight from the garden or, for even more fun, from The Town Square Farmers Market in Grand Forks. Nestled right downtown, the seasonal farmers market is
place to be all summer long for delicious food and friendly conversation. Wander from booth to booth to stock up on corn, peppers, tomatoes, and everything you need to make a fresh salad or meal. Indulge in homemade pies or cookies before picking up a bouquet of freshly-picked flowers at the charming farmers market. The farmers market also hosts live entertainment, so sit back, relax, and soak in the atmosphere after you’ve done a bit of shopping.
What goodies will you go home with from The Town Square Farmers Market in Grand Forks?
The Tallest Bridge In North Dakota
Valley City, as most North Dakotans know, has earned the nickname of the City of Bridges – and for good reason. It boasts several bridges, including the tallest in North Dakota. Dating back to 1906, the Hi-Line Railroad Bridge is easy to spot from miles away. Its sheer height of 160 feet and length – 3,860 feet – can easily take our breath away. The historic bridge sits over the Sheyenne River and was originally built for the Northern Pacific Railroad. Today, trains with the BNSF Railway frequently travel over the bridge, which also beckons photographers from all over North Dakota and beyond. For the best views of the Hi-Line Railroad Bridge, make your way to Chautauqua Park.
Where is your favorite spot to photograph or just admire the tallest bridge in North Dakota?
One Of The Most Unique Museums In North Dakota
North Dakotans know just how special North Dakota is, but sometimes we need a reminder of just how awesome our home state is. That’s when we visit The Dale and Martha Hawk Museum near Wolford. Billed as having the “largest display of prairie life” in the state, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into yesteryear. Snap photos of steam tractors and even vintage musical instruments. Imagine what life was like long ago when you step into the schoolhouse, and stop by the round Law Library. That’s just the beginning of the fun that awaits, and if you’re not up for returning to the 21st century too quickly, you can spend the night at the on-site campground.
What’s your favorite thing about life on the prairie?