North Dakota April 08, 2017
10 Things Every True North Dakotan Does At Least Once Before They Die
It doesn’t matter if you were born and raised in North Dakota or moved here later in life, there are just certain things that every person from this state should experience. It’s hard to get to every single corner of the Peace Garden State and truly see it all, but these 10 highlights are must visits for those who want to see a handful of the best parts. Consider this one of the essential bucket lists that come with living here!
1. Go fishing at Devils Lake.
Thousands of people flock to Devils Lake for the amazing fishing it offers every year, all year round. You can go fishing at other places in North Dakota but this is one spot that everyone should try. And beyond the fishing, it's beautiful!
2. Explore the downtowns of North Dakota's biggest cities.
Whether it be Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fargo, or one of the other highest populated cities in the state, it's essential you spend some time in their unique downtown areas and see all the cool businesses, historical buildings, and other features. They're part of what makes North Dakota great!
3. Visit the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, ND.
Since a lot of North Dakotans are of Scandinavian descent, this can be important for some more than just to see the sights. The towering Stave Church and the cute, huge dala horse are among a few awesome things to see while you're there. Plus, you'll learn a lot about Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
4. See the Medora Musical.
There's no way you can live in North Dakota without knowing about the Medora Musical, and a lot of people take yearly trips to see it every summer. This outdoor musical is the most popular tourist attraction in the state and if you can see it even at least once you should.
5. Experience the beauty of the badlands.
Taking a drive to either the North Unit or the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park is definitely an important part of any North Dakotan's bucket list. This is one of the most stunning pieces of nature in the country and definitely a place you don't want to miss.
6. Follow the Lewis & Clark trail to see what they saw.
One of the most well-known explorer duo spent more time in North Dakota than any other place during their explorations. You can stop by places like the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center or follow the Lewis & Clark trail with the many signs that appear throughout the state.
7. Witness a sunset over Lake Metigoshe.
Lake Metigoshe State Park is one of the most visited state parks in North Dakota, and there's a good reason for that. The gorgeous, serene lake and surrounding forests and water make for a relaxing spot to hit the trails or camp. The best part, by far, is watching the sun set or rise over the reflective waters of the lake.
8. Stop by North Dakota's larger-than-life roadside attractions.
North Dakota has quite a few ginormous statues that depict anything from a buffalo to a turtle made of wheel rims. They're quirky, but they're fun!
9. Take a drive through the Enchanted Highway.
If you really want to see huge sculptures, then this road in North Dakota is one you absolutely must take. There are world record breaking sculptures along the route and many people consider one of North Dakota's best hidden gems.
10. Visit the place that North Dakota gets its nickname from.
A trip up to Dunseith, North Dakota to see the International Peace Garden is an essential stop for everyone who can see it. Beyond being an important symbol of peace, it is also just simply beautiful to stroll through.
These aren’t the only must-do’s of living in this state; we can’t forget about all of the great food and restaurants that are here. Definitely check out this
North Dakota Restaurant Bucket List to see the ones you absolutely have to try.