When you think of your great American bucket list, North Dakota may not be a state that immediately comes to mind…  but, North Dakota has a lot to offer travelers and adventure seekers!

Here’s three reasons why North Dakota should be on your travel bucket list:


 1.  The Great Outdoors

Let’s state the most obvious first – North Dakota is situated in a beautiful part of the country that lends itself to most any type of outdoor activity you can think of.  Enjoy the hilly Great Plains, the American Badlands, grasslands, lakes and rivers. Throughout the entire state you’ll find fantastic scenic drives, golfing, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, hunting and camping opportunities.  Experience Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Dam, an area that’s popular for boating, sailing, kayaking, sightseeing, bird-watching, camping and hunting.  Or, head to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and explore the rugged stretch of land that President Roosevelt fell in love with.  While exploring the National Park, don’t miss the Maah Daah Hey Trail.  The 98 mile trail connects the southern and northern parts of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and runs through rolling prairies and rocky badlands.  If you’re an animal lover, you’re especially in for a treat since the trail area is home to mule deer, coyotes, golden eagles, bighorn sheep and bison.


2.  Adrenaline Pumping Activities

Are you an adrenaline junkie?  If so, North Dakota has plenty of extreme sport offerings to help you get your get your fix!   The state is known for first class biking and horseback riding experiences.  Or, you could hike the Lewis and Clark Trail and go gravel road biking.  If you’re headed to North Dakota in winter, you’ll have your pick of snowboarding, skiing, dog-sledding or snowmobiling opportunities.

Do you have a competitive spirit?  If so, consider heading to North Dakota for an extreme endurance race.  (Huh?).  Never heard of it?  Extreme racing is the newest fad among adrenaline junkies and long-distance athletes looking to push themselves further and harder.  If swimming 36 miles in a river, pedaling in a 12 hour mountain bike race or competing in a 24 hour adventure race which includes trekking, paddling and hiking appeals to you, North Dakota has you covered.


3.  Experience Western and Native American Culture

If you wouldn’t consider yourself the “outdoorsy type,” don’t worry, North Dakota has something for everyone!  At Bonanzaville USA you can experience how life was years ago when the state was first being settled.  A small North Dakota town has been recreated complete with a log cabin, blacksmith shop, school, drug store, general store, creamery, saloon, newspaper office, bank, barbershop and more.  On a similar note, you could head to Knife River Indian Villages and explore a reconstructed, furnished Hidatsa earth lodge, 15 miles of trails and a museum.  Or, mount up and ride to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.  The 15,000-square foot interpretive center features permanent and traveling western culture exhibits telling the stories of Native Americans, ranchers and rodeo riders on the North Dakota plains.

To find out more about all North Dakota has to offer, check out North Dakota Tourism’s website.  Thanks to North Dakota Tourism for sponsoring this post.

Have you been to North Dakota?  Is North Dakota on your bucket list?  What activities would you most like to experience?

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