North Dakota August 13, 2017
10 Epic Adventures Every North Dakotan Must Take Before They Die
From every edge of this state, North Dakota has endless opportunities for adventures. From its lakes and rivers to the hills and valleys, there are so many ways to take advantage of the outdoors. It doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore outdoorsman or someone who just wants to get out into nature for a fun getaway. This is the legendary state, and it certainly lives up to its name with these 10 epic adventures you must take:
1. Hiking through the badlands in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The majestic badlands draws in hundreds of visitors to North Dakota every year. This is the state's only national park, and it is incredible. You can hike through the canyons, enjoy the views by car on scenic roadways, or camp out under the stars in the park.
2. Boating, sailing, or swimming out on Lake Sakakawea.
Lake Sakakawea is the biggest body of water in the entire state and it is also one of the most popular areas as far as recreation. It has more coastline than California so there are tons of places to get into the water whether it be by boat, sailboat, or just yourself for a swim.
3. Skiing down Frost Fire in the Pembina Gorge.
Did you know there is skiing in North Dakota? Up north there is! Frost Fire is one of the most popular spots come wintertime. It's tons of fun!
4. Fishing some walleye up at Devils Lake.
Devils Lake is well known for having some of the best fishing in the entire region, not just the state. You can fish for walleye, a ND favorite, and so much more. There's a plethora of resorts, camping, marinas, and fishing guides available here for your adventure.
5. Hunting in the prairie pothole region.
North Dakota loves its hunting, and it's no surprise when it has areas like the prairie pothole region. Thousands of birds - both in the water and in the grass - come through here every year. There are plenty of great areas for the best hunting experiences.
6. Canoeing or kayaking down the Red River.
The Red River is an important part of North Dakota, and also a great place for some fun in the sun! Kayaking or canoeing can be great activities, especially going through cities along the river and viewing them in a whole different way.
7. Climbing to the top of North Dakota's highest point, White Butte.
The highest elevation in North Dakota can be found on this lone butte in the southwest region. The mesmerizing view from the top is well worth the trek up.
8. Exploring the forests of the Sheyenne River Valley and finding the state's only natural waterfall.
This state only has one natural waterfall and it's hiding in the forests surrounding the Sheyenne River. It forms from a natural underground spring. There is a trail to the waterfall that goes through some of the most gorgeous trees and forested areas.
9. Discovering North Dakota's history and seeing its special bison herd at Frontier Village and the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.
You can't call yourself a true North Dakotan without experiencing bison in some way or another, and this spot in Jamestown is definitely one of the best ways! Not only do they have the "World's Largest Buffalo" statue, they also have a great bison museum as well as a live bison herd that has rare white bison in it. Along with that you can explore the history of North Dakota in the Frontier Village that is apart of the museum.
10. Witnessing the beautiful sights of Lake Metigoshe during the fall.
Autumn is right around the corner and with it the stunning color changes in the leaves. By far one of the best spots to see this natural beauty is at Lake Metigoshe here in ND. The dense trees become a beautiful array of colors that reflect into the waters of the lake.
What adventures have you taken in North Dakota and which were your favorites? If you need more great getaway options in the Peace Garden State,
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