Spotlight: North Dakota

From legendary culture to legendary adventure; experience it all. On this land, Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, George Custer and Sitting Bull lived out larger-than-life adventures. Trek the same path they traversed years ago: retrace the Corps of Discovery's expedition as you follow the Lewis & Clark Trail, or let your imagination wander through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Create your own legend in North Dakota where the rugged, untamed landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park unfolds across more than 100 square miles. President Roosevelt's love for the American West was born here and today outdoor enthusiasts share his passion. Step back in time at the Custer House, soak up the atmosphere of the United Tribes Pow Wow, dig for dinosaurs, or see the original wood chipper movie prop in Fargo.


The Peace Garden State

Major airports:
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Spring: -7°C to 4°C
Summer: 13°C to 29°C
Autumn: 6°C to 22°C
Winter: -18°C to -6°C

Mountain Daylight Time
(-6 hours GMT)
Central Daylight Time
(-5 hours GMT)


Getting around

Hike, bike, ride, dine and sight-see across the state of North Dakota, the choices are endless (although it's most accessible by car). Keep an eye on the website for the latest road conditions and use the interactive map to plan your route, alternatively try Amtrak's Empire Builder rail system for a scenic ride across the state.

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This year celebrated the 40th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Grand Canyon of the North offers great opportunities for breath-taking hiking, beginner and expert mountain biking and fantastic scenic views – many of which include wildlife such as buffalo, wild horses, elk and bighorn sheep. The rugged 70,000-acre park honours Theodore Roosevelt, who ranched in the Badlands and established the National Park System while serving as the 26th president.

Standing tall on a hill in Jamestown, is the world's Largest Buffalo Monument, this 26-foot-tall, 60-ton concrete giant has been standing watch over the town since 1959. Created by sculptor Elmer Petersen, he has proven one of the Midwest's most popular roadside attractions for over 50 years, receiving his name 'Dakota Thunder' back in 2010.

The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum is a 97,000 square foot world-class exhibit space located on the State Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. Don't miss the latest exhibition 'The Horse' – a rare opportunity to view remarkable objects and art from the State Historic Society collections.

Fun fact: Teddy bears got their name from former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. North Dakota is home to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, known for its scenic beauty and natural wildlife.

Must see

Theodore Roosevelt National Park: President Roosevelt founded the U.S. Forest Service, signed the National Monuments Act and established the first federal game preserve. His conservation efforts led to the founding of the National Park Service, established to preserve unspoiled places like his beloved North Dakota Badlands, now known as Theodore Roosevelt National Park – offering majestic scenery, abundant wildlife and all kinds of adventure.

The Enchanted Highway: Take a trip down the Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota for a glimpse of classic roadside art. Giant scrap metal sculptures line the highways leading from Gladstone to Regent – where The Enchanted Castle awaits travellers. Plus, don't miss the 'Tin Family', 'Deer Crossing' and 'Geese in Flight'.

International Peace Garden, Rolette County: The tribute to peace between the U.S. and Canada encompasses 2,300 acres of natural beauty; two pristine freshwater lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, wildflowers, waterfalls and a large variety of North American birds and animals.

Maah Daah Hey Trail: A 144-mile non-motorised single track through the Badlands of North Dakota. It is at times rugged, challenging, relaxing, and always amazing. International Biking Association (IMBA) has designated the hiking, biking and horseback riding trail as EPIC, meaning it's one of the top mountain biking trails in the United States.

United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck: Every year hundreds of Native Americans from more than 70 tribes from all over the U.S. gather for the United Tribes International Powwow in the Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. For nearly 50 years, the monumental three-day event has brought thousands of visitors to the Great Plains to experience unique cultures of indigenous communities.

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