7 Legendary Ways to Enjoy the 7 Bonus Days of Summer in 2014

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For those families in North Dakota with students starting school after Labor Day, 2014 may be the longest summer ever! Make the most of these bonus days and take advantage of the warm temperatures with an outdoor adventure. Create memories that will last a lifetime and truly make this summer legendary. Find more at www.NDtourism.com

1.    Time for s’more fun

Get in those last nights around the campfire telling stories and roasting s’mores. Whether you're traveling by luxury RV, with a pup tent in the back of the pick-up, or trying out a yurt, camping adventures await at any one of the 1,300 North Dakota campsites. Pack the marshmallows, sing some campfire songs and keep an eye towards the sky in case the Northern Lights join your party.

2.    Interpretive trails and nature walks

Did you know there are trails in North Dakota that tell the story of our area’s geology, history, wildlife, vegetation, and ecology? At Icelandic State Park, explore the three-fourths-mile self-guided trail that begins at the Gunlogson Homestead site and loops along the south side of the Tongue River.  For a longer route, try the 6.75 miles of looped trails at Fort Lincoln State Park that can be enjoyed on foot or by bike. Many of these trails also have guides through the fall, so take the family for a walk on the “nature” side. There’s no better way to learn than by using all your senses to see, touch, smell or hear the world around you. 

3.    Healthy adventures

As the young athletes are getting back into the swing of things, try a few activities to increase the heart rate of the entire family. Canoe, kayak or paddleboard our waterways, and if you don’t have the equipment, there are a number places to rent them along your North Dakota adventure. If riding bike is more your style, choose from many miles of the paved or mountain bike trails near you.

4.    Go jump in the lake

Did you know Lake Sakakawea is the largest manmade lakes in the U.S.? Or that the Red River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows north? Surprisingly, North Dakota has more shoreline than California. Take advantage of the last of the hot days and with a dip in or a paddle across any one of North Dakota’s lakes and rivers.

5.    Cache in

Geocaching is something that can provide an hour, a day or a weekend of entertainment. Join the fun of this outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. All kinds of fun caches can be found at North Dakota State Parks or in your own outdoor neighborhood. Round up the kids and let the hunt begin!

6.    Antelope to zebras

Did you know the Dakota Zoo is home to over 600 animals, including 125 species? Or that the Red River Zoo features both exotic and endangered species? And, did you know that the Chahinkapa Zoo has animals representing six continents and the Roosevelt Zoo showcases a rare Amur Leopard? This is just the tip of the iceberg that can be discovered at North Dakota zoos

7.    Golf a round

How many courses can you golf in 7 days? North Dakota is home to many wonderful and challenging golf courses that have drawn national attention, and many more that are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. With 116 nine- and 18-hole courses, North Dakota boasts more golf courses per capita than any other state. You might also test your skills on the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail.

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