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Water activities are a big deal at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, the Walleye Capital of North Dakota. Two marinas serve boaters and tree-lined camping areas and hiking trails make for a relaxing getaway. 

Open roads. pristine green, red and golden backdrops, wildlife, waterways in their most natural environments and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic attractions are all found along North Dakota’s 10 Scenic Byways and Backways. Visitors are encouraged to get out and explore the wonders that beckon from each route. By car, motorcycle or even bike, these designated pathways are your key to the state’s best vistas and experiences.  Byways are paved surfaces while backways are generally gravel and dirt roads.

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. This spring, 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. Click here for the TR to the Faces Tour of western North and South Dakota, from the North Dakota Badlands Badlands to the Black Hills' Mount Rushmore. Links within each listing are excerpts from the companion book.

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. Make time this year to see what all the fuss was about by 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.


North Dakota’s craft beer industry's rich brews, robust flavors and unique twists on traditional style are quickly becoming legendary. So, too, is our array of wineries offering signature spirits. As you make your way across the state, visiting friends or just taking in the sites, check out these unique spots. Click here for a printable version.

Let us take you on a trip across the state to savor some of the freshest, finest and most unique restaurants! Click here for a printable version


Today's Explore ND question: What is the specialty
at Lund's Landing?
Look below for the answer.

If you are looking for top-notch courses or local diamonds in the rough, make North Dakota your next golfing getaway. With more golf courses per capita than any other state in the country, North Dakota is a golfer’s paradiseClick here for a printable version. Or follow in the footsteps of legends along the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail.

Experience the Old West on a trip to connect with the legends who called North Dakota home. Click here for a printable version.

Take a memorable journey through the agricultural heart and urban soul of North Dakota.

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