North Dakota May 06, 2017
The 8 Best Backroads In North Dakota For A Long Scenic Drive
North Dakota has many roads criss-crossing the state. Most are routes are pretty average when it comes to scenery, but there are quite a few hidden backroads, byways, and backways that will take you on beautiful journeys. Take a trip through the Peace Garden State on any of these routes and discover what you’re missing:
1. Chan SanSan Scenic Backway
One of the best ways to explore rural North Dakota small towns is by this route. You'll pass through many cute little towns along the James River on both paved and unpaved roads.
2. Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway
You'll pass through many small towns along this route in between Dickinson, North Dakota to Mandan, North Dakota. Rolling hills and fields flank the road throughout the route. This is the perfect drive for that country road experience.
3. Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway
Take a leisurely drive along this long route through the wide open prairies of the Sheyenne River Valley. There is a good reason this particular byway has won national awards, because it is totally stunning. You'll definitely want to check this one out for yourself.
4. Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway
This byway is just south of the Canadian border on a backroad near Bottineau, North Dakota and going all the way to Rolla, North Dakota. Experience the beauty of the Turtle Mountains with heavily wooded forests, lakes and ponds, and plenty of other spectacular scenery along the way.
5. Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit Scenic Byway
One of the easiest and best ways to experience North Dakota's only national park is on the road. There is a picture perfect scenic byway through the North Unit of the park that will allow you to see the beauty it has from behind the wheel. Just be wary of bison sharing the road!
6. Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway
From New Town, North Dakota down to Manning, North Dakota is a fantastic back road route. Along with winding through some simply breathtaking landscapes, this route will take you to some interesting historical sites.
7. Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway
This byway will take you on a route along Lake Oahe. It begins in Cannon Ball, North Dakota and goes all the way into South Dakota. The route passes historical sites and absolutely beautiful scenery!
8. Sakakawea Scenic Byway
There are tons of great places to stop along this byway. You can travel a similar route to Lewis and Clark from the comfort of your car and see what they saw along the Missouri River and what is today Lake Sakakawea. This one is perfect for a summer drive!
You can find maps and exact routes of all of these scenic byways – and more – by going to the
North Dakota Parks and Recreation website.
Scenic drives are one great way to take advantage of the upcoming summer weather in North Dakota, and
here are more.