North Dakota September 25, 2018
The 6 Oddest Places You Can Possibly Go In North Dakota
North Dakota is a state full of surprises. You might not expect some of the things you can find out on the prairie. There are a lot of quirks and hidden places that may be a little out of the ordinary. Some of these are truly one of a kind, and in some pretty odd ways. Here are 6 of the strangest yet fascinating places you can go in the Peace Garden State:
1. Mystic Horizons
This unusual spot is located near Cadbury, North Dakota. It's meant to be a modern, 21st century Stonehenge. The large granite pillars are more than just an interesting art piece - they also serve as a working solar calendar.
2. Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
Also known as the pyramid on the prairie, this abandoned military relic near Nekoma, North Dakota is one of the most unusual sites you'll see in the state. After it was built in 1975, it was used for less than a year before being shut down. Most of the facility was flooded, destroyed, or removed, but this towering concrete pyramid still remains. It's an eerie site and there is no other thing quite like it.
3. Dinosaurs on the Prairie
Speaking of relics of the past, this lonely ridge not far outside of Napoleon, North Dakota is the final resting place of many. Old threshing machines that have long since become defunct and broken down are scattered in a trail up the ridge by the landowners, the Grenz family. You are welcomed to walk along these huge, battered beasts and see the view from the top. It's quite the sight, and one that you won't see anywhere else.
4. Keelboat Park
One of the state's most unique parks is located in the capital city of Bismarck. It's situated right next to the Missouri River for some impressive views and great walking paths, but it has some unusual aspects that make it special. It's called the Keelboat Park for the famous explorer duo Lewis and Clark's travels in a keelboat. There is a recreation of one at the park you can climb into and learn about. There are also sculptures not only of the explorers and the other most important member of their party, Sakakawea, but of some pretty weird things. One of those is the many-headed thunderbird sculpture, shown above, from Native American legend.
5. Enchanted Highway
Visit an art museum like no other. These gigantic roadside sculptures line the side of a stretch of highway in western North Dakota near the small town of Regent. They are the largest scrap metal sculptures in the world, all made by one man, and there are tons of them. They depict everything from a flock of pheasants, to giant grasshoppers, and even Theodore Roosevelt on a horse - and so much more. There is definitely no other place in the world that can say the same!
6. Enchanted Castle
If you're going to visit the Enchanted Highway, you must also spend the night at the Enchanted Castle in the same town. Made by the same person as the sculptures, Gary Greff, this castle is kind of unusual. It is actually a renovated building that was once a school. Now it is a hotel with castle walls, a drawbridge, a medieval tavern, and suits of armor in the halls. It's the only castle you can stay at in North Dakota, and it will certainly be an unforgettable stay.
Where is your favorite unusual place in the Peace Garden State? This state certainly isn’t without its fun quirks and characteristics. We even have some
pretty bizarre laws in place that makes us all the more unique.