Exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail

Explorers Lewis and Clark were among the earliest visitors to North Dakota. They mapped out a trail for you to follow through North Dakota.

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Sitting Bull Burial Site

The site marks the original burial ground of Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting bull, who was killed on Dec. 15, 1890. Sitting Bull was known for his dreams of a soldier falling down in camp, representing the defeat of General George Custer on June 25, 1876, at the Little Bighorn.

Fort Yates, ND 58538
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Sitting Bull Visitor Center

The visitor center on the National Native American Scenic Byway contains photos and artifacts from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's past.

9299 Highway 24 Fort Yates, ND 58538
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Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln was once an important infantry and cavalry post. It was from this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh cavalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. Portions of the military post, including the Custer House, have been reconstructed.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554
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On-A-Slant Indian Village

On-A-Slant Indian Village on the grounds of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park features reconstructed earthlodges depicting the lifestyle of the Mandan Indians, who occupied this site from about 1575-1781.

7 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 Mandan, ND
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North Dakota State Capitol

Take a self-guided or guided tour of the 19-story, Art Deco capitol building constructed in 1933 for $2 million. It contains unique woods and materials from many states and countries. Also visit the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center on the Capitol Grounds.

600 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505
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State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center

Experience the beauty and wonder of the new galleries and exhibit spaces at the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits help tell the story of our state.

612 E Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501
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Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Cruise the majestic Missouri River on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat. Try a regular excursion or if you fancy a bit of elegance in your life, try our special dinner cruise. There is something for everyone at the Lewis and Clark Riverboat.

1700 River Road Bismarck, ND
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Double Ditch Indian Village

Double Ditch Indian Village was a large earthlodge village inhabited by the Mandan Indians for nearly 300 years (AD 1490-1785). According to Mandan oral history, the population in this area probably totaled 10,000 or more during this time. A massive smallpox epidemic was apparently responsible for the abandonment of Double Ditch and all the other Mandan villages near the Heart River.

7 miles north on Highway 1804 Bismarck, ND
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Newly-installed exhibits at the Interpretive Center immerse you in the journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition with sound and interactive displays. The new exhibits include over 100 items from the John Fisher Collection that represent items Lewis & Clark used on the expedition, including one of only six working air rifles in the world.

2576 Eighth St. SW Washburn, ND 58577
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Fort Mandan

Take a step back in time when you visit the reconstructed Fort Mandan, the winter home of the Lewis & Clark Expedition from 1804-1805. The fully-furnished quarters bring to life what it was like for the brave men in the Corps of Discovery during that North Dakota winter over 200 years ago.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Washburn, ND 58577
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Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Native Americans occupied this area for more than 11,000 years. Remains of three Hidatsa villages with 210 depressions at the site. Home of Sakakawea, modern museum, visitor center and movie.

564 County Rd 37 Stanton, ND 58571
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Garrison Dam

Garrison Dam forms Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River. It is the third-largest reservoir in the nation and tours of the power plant and other displays are available.

Garrison Dam and Power Plant Riverdale, ND 58565
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Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center

Museum exhibits and interpretive walking trail tell the stories of the area around the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers.

15349 39th Lane N.W. Williston, ND 58801
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Fort Buford State Historic Site

Fort Buford was built in 1866 near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, and became a major supply depot for military field operations. While it served an essential role as the sentinel on the Northern Plains for 29 years, it is probably best remembered as the place where famous Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881.

15349 39th Ln NW Williston, ND 58801
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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

The principal fur trading post of the American Fur Company on the upper Missouri River. Served Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Hidatsa and more than 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise.

15550 Highway 1804 Williston, ND 58801
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