North Dakota March 06, 2017
11 Epic Things You Never Thought Of Doing In North Dakota, But Should
North Dakota is a state with many unique yet overlooked aspects that most people don’t even know are there. There is so many things to do that most would have never even realized were possible. We’ve got a lot more than just Medora and Fargo when it comes to places to visit, and here are 11 of them that should be on your to do list:
1. Take a trail to a hidden waterfall.
Not many people know there is one natural waterfall in North Dakota, but there is! You can take a trail through the Sheyenne State Forest into a beautiful hidden spot where this small waterfall flows from an undergrounds spring.
2. Hike up a mountain.
North Dakota isn't flat everywhere, and places like White Butte and the Killdeer Mountains prove that. You can hike up White Butte - North Dakota's highest point - or take a trail up the Killdeer Mountains to a historical site, and see for hundreds of miles when you're up there.
3. Take a trolley ride through a state park.
The Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has a trolley that will take you through the beautiful natural areas, over bridges, and to and from historical landmarks like the fort itself. It is the only trolley ride like it in the state.
4. Ski and tube down the slopes at a fun winter park.
Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing - all of this and more are offered at Bottineau Winter Park in Bottineau, North Dakota. It is endless fun in the snow for all ages.
5. Spend the night in a castle.
Although this castle isn't from the medieval times, it is the only castle you can stay at in North Dakota, and it's pretty awesome! The Enchanted Castle in Regent, ND, is a full service hotel with a fantastic restaurant, all in a theme that will make you feel like royalty.
6. Dine inside an old tractor factory.
This historical building was once a tractor factory that has since been remodeled into one of the best pizza places and restaurants in the state. The Starving Rooster still keeps an industrial theme and charm while serving up the most delicious pizza.
7. Eat some sweet treats at the original home of the "chipper."
Did you know that chocolate covered potato chips were invented in North Dakota? They were, and the credit for creating them goes to Widman's Candy Shop in Grand Forks, ND. They make those and many more handmade chocolates and candies at their shops both there and in other locations, and you can try them for yourself.
8. Take a vacation at this wonderful hidden resort.
This massive lodge out on its own in the plains near Havana, ND, is one of the most beautiful spots to vacation at in the entire state. It's known as the Coteau des Prairies Lodge and it'll give you an unforgettable experience.
9. Explore a town that's been transformed into an art gallery.
Jud, ND is by far one of the most unique small towns in the state. It stands apart from the rest for being known as the "City of Murals," and once you see it you'll know why it got that name.
10. Tour a winery.
You don't have to be in the Tuscan countryside or on the west coast to tour a winery! North Dakota has multiple wineries located on beautiful farms that are open for tours, tastings, and more that you can visit for yourself.
11. Spend an afternoon on an island.
When people think islands, they usually think of places out in the ocean, not North Dakota. But there is actually islands here, one of which has been made into a state park you can visit yourself.
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