North Dakota March 02, 2019
The 8 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In North Dakota This Spring
Spring seems far off with how much snow we’ve been getting in ND lately, but now that it’s March it can feel a little closer to that beautiful season arriving. If you’re itching to experience spring and can’t wait to start planning, here are 8 gorgeous destinations in North Dakota that are must-visits. Soon they’ll be lush and full of greenery and you’ll get right out of the winter blues when visiting. Take a look:
1. Des Lacs Lakes
The gorgeous Des Lacs Lakes, upper, middle, and lower, are protected as a national wildlife refuge. Come springtime, the prairie hills surrounding the lakes become lush with grasses and wildflowers. It's truly a sight to see. The refuge has trails and an auto tour route so you can enjoy it in multiple ways. Plus, the lovely town of Kenmare is located right next to Middle Des Lacs Lake so you can stop by and see what it has to offer.
2. Fort Ransom State Park
Located in the scenic Sheyenne River Valley, the Fort Ransom State Park is a great nature-lovers spring getaway. The forested hills have stunning open meadows that just fill up with flowers in the spring and summer. There are quite a few trails, campgrounds, and even a historic farmstead to explore.
3. The Prairie Bistro
Located just outside of Mohall, North Dakota, the Prairie Bistro is a unique restaurant experience that you can only enjoy in the spring and summer. They usually open mid-April and you'll definitely want to go. The restaurant is actually located inside of a greenhouse, so you can enjoy some of their fantastic dishes while surrounded by plants and flowers. Their food is delicious and with a setting like that, what more could you want?
4. McDowell Dam Nature Park
Located in Bismarck, this nature park is great for a spring day outing. The views of the lake plus the grassy prairie fields surrounding it are picture-perfect when the flowers come in. This is a prime spot for a spring day picnic.
5. International Peace Garden
What better place to enjoy flowers than the massive International Peace Garden in Dunseith, ND? This place looks spectacular when it's filled with hundreds upon hundreds of colorful flowers and that time comes in the spring and goes throughout summer. Along with the flowers, the garden also has lots of unique and interesting monuments, sculptures, and fountains — even a clock made of flowers!
6. Sullys Hill
This charming game preserve is located directly next to Devils Lake and come springtime, it is truly jaw-dropping. You can take the path up Sullys Hill to see a huge view of green hills, patches of trees, and facing the other way you see the deep blue waters of the lake. As you'd expect in a game preserve, there is quite a bit of wildlife roaming the area. Elk, bison, and deer are just a few examples.
7. Rainbow Garden
This public garden in Mayville, ND is free to visit and wonderful for a stroll. The Rainbow Garden is split up into different sections named after the colors of the rainbow. Along with lots of flowers, it is also a sculpture walk with unusual yet intriguing sculptures from many different artists.
8. Painted Canyon Overlook
The majestic views of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park are best seen at spots like the Painted Canyon Overlook in the South Unit just off of I-94. The colorful layers of the badlands look even prettier when filled with green plants.
Where is your favorite spring North Dakota destination? We can’t wait for warm weather to get here! In the meantime, you can still enjoy some
wintertime activities all across the state.