BISMARCK, ND, August 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With road trips remaining a favorite with Americans wanting to get away, North Dakota Tourism has compiled a list of 10 iconic road trip experiences to enjoy this fall season and beyond. Additionally, North Dakota Tourism launched LegendaryRoadTrip.com to help travelers plan epic road trips across the state. From stunning landscapes to quirky roadside attractions to immersive cultural experiences, the carefully curated tours present some of the best routes in the state.
Morning hike on the Maah Daah Hey Trail. One of the experiences available on 10 iconic North Dakota road trips. North Dakota Tourism
“We encourage travelers to follow their curiosity, not the crowd,” says North Dakota Tourism and Marketing Director Sara Otte Coleman. “With lots of uncrowded, wide open spaces and outdoor recreational opportunities, North Dakota offers travelers unique road trip experiences full of new memories that will be cherished for years to come. “
Don’t miss the opportunity to hit the open streets of North Dakota. Here are 10 of North Dakotas most legendary road trip experiences:
Breathe in on the Maah Daah Hey Trail – The Maah Daah Hey Trail, recognized by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as an EPIC trail, will leave you breathless with its rugged peaks and majestic views of the North Dakota Badlands. At 144 miles of rugged single track trail that traverses all three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Maah Daah Hey is worth its own road trip for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Stop nearby Medora or Watford City to complete your experience.
Bad to the Bone – Dinosaur enthusiasts will love this family-oriented trip to discover the nation’s prehistoric past. Road tripers can join the North Dakota Geological Survey on an expert-led paleontological fossil dig to discover dinosaurs, marine animals, early mammals, and more. Then make your way to enjoyment North Dakotas “Big Eight” dinosaur and fossil attractions and other landmarks across the state.
Traverse the Trails – Start at the iconic Theodore Roosevelt National Park to fully immerse yourself in the unique terrain that fascinated the “nature conservation president” of our nation. Then visit the old western town Medora to experience the outdoor Medora musical with a pitchfork steak fondue dinner on a deck overlooking the majestic North Dakota Badlands. To Medora, head east on I-94 to explore more iconic parks, including Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Next, head north to the shores of Lake Sakakawea in Fort Stevenson State Park.
Find “North of Normal” in Fargo – Fargo, known as a bit “North of Normal”, pulsates with the energy of a pulsating city center that is many times larger. Part of college town with State University of North Dakota and parts technology hub, Fargo has an up-and-coming art and culture scene. Visitors can fill a multi-day excursion with stops to visit the art galleries; Browse eclectic boutiques and antique shops; browse local restaurants and wash it all down with concoctions that will make you want to come back.
Sunflower fields – North Dakota harvests nearly 40 percent of all sunflowers in The United States So it’s no wonder that this remote destination is home to hundreds of beautiful fields on family farms. The stunning sunflower fields peak in early August with thousands of acres in perfect condition. For more information on planning your trip to the sun-kissed fields, check out our guide here.
Native American Cultural Immersion – Where better to immerse yourself in Native American culture than the former home of Sakakawea (Sacagawea) and see the remains of three Hidatsa villages on a visit to the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. Keep traveling to be guests of the three tribes of the Upper Missouri River Valley – the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes – in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the new MHA Interpretive Center in New city.
Peaceful, Picturesque Getaway – Enjoy the ultimate family vacation in one of the North America most symbolic and peaceful places – the beautiful International Peace Garden. Nestled in the turtle mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba, the park was created as a tribute to peace and friendship between the people of the United States and Canada. Don’t miss the breathtaking scenery along the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway.
Starry Night – Experience not only some of the darkest skies in the US, but also some of the best views in the country of the spectacular Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Camp under the stars at Lake Metigoshe State Park in Bottineau and stop at the Northern Lights Tower and Interpretive Center, the night sky dancing in. is dedicated rugby. For more information on catching this bucket list phenomenon during your road trip, check out our Northern Lights Guide.
Click on the links – North Dakota Locals love to play golf year round, and with more golf courses per capita than any other state, it’s easy to see why. Grab your clubs for a legendary golf trip with stops at award-winning golf courses – The Links of North Dakota, Hawktree Golf Club and of course Medoras Bully Pulpit Golf Course, built in the North Dakota Badlands, with exceptionally breathtaking views. Do you want to challenge your putts? Visit Point to Point Park for a round of mini golf at the Little Bully Pulpit.
Hook-to-Table Ice Fishing – This legendary adventure features jumbo perch, trophy pikeperch and monster pike with one of North Dakotas most iconic winter adventure – ice fishing. Pack up and head out on a two-day ice fishing excursion in Devil’s Lake where crews in North Dakota keep the fish houses on the best bite. Don’t miss the opportunity to partner with Perch Patrol for a guided fishing experience that is tailored to your needs.
Start planning a legendary road trip through North Dakota on LegendaryRoadTrip.com and set the tone for the adventure with the new North Dakota Road Trip Playlist. The playlist contains music by North Dakota Artists and other tracks perfect for cruising the state’s highways and scenic back roads.
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SOURCE North Dakota Tourism Division