At the center of the Northern Plains is a rugged section of Badlands, buttes and fertile grasslands where cattle and sheep graze, and the deer and antelope still roam. This region – bordered by the towns of Hettinger, N.D. and Lemmon, Bison and Buffalo, S.D. – is where Lakota and Dakota people conducted the last hunts of the majestic, wild buffalo that once roamed the grasslands in great herds. Visit Hettinger’s Chamber of Commerce for information on the Buffalo Trails Tour and start your journey with a visit to the buffalo mount “Prairie Thunder” at Dakota Buttes Museum in Hettinger.
It's hot. The kids want to be in the water. But a trip to the lake just isn't in the cards today. Don't fret. In North Dakota, you don't have to drive far to get to the nearest water. Most of the larger cities have waterparks and many smaller towns have pools. No matter where you are, you can make a splash with your family. Click here for more wet and wild fun.
North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park has a rare distinction among all national parks in the United States in that it was the only one to first be named a memorial park. This year, the park will celebrate the 70th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman signing the declaration naming it Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Make time this year to see what all the fuss was about but visiting multiple units of the park: the North Unit near Watford City, the South Unit at Medora and Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site in the Badlands in between. And why stop there? Make it a point to visit affiliated sites Fort Union Trading Post, Knife River Indian Villages and the International Peace Garden.