9 New Year’s Resolutions that you can achieve in North Dakota

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It’s a new year and the perfect time to try something new in North Dakota. Part of being a four-season playground is having activities geared toward each specific season. Have you ever speared a fish in the dark or driven a team of dogs?  Maybe you’re looking for new ways to stay fit or spend quality time with family and friends. The arrival of a new year provides opportunities for legendary resolutions that may include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. But that’s not all. Discover everything North Dakota has to offer. For more ideas, contact North Dakota Tourism at NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

1.    Walk on the wild side

Did you know you don’t need a trail to snowshoe? Part of the allure of snowshoeing is blazing your own trail through the woods. Walk the forested Pembina Gorge region or trek through the north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park where it’s just you, the woods and the wildlife.  

2.    Run with the dogs

Explore North Dakota’s outdoors on the back of a dog-powered sled while learning some winter survival techniques in the process. Join in the fun with Prairie Isle Dog Trekking. You can experience the challenge of hooking up sled dogs, driving a team with the musher and discovering more than 650 acres of prairie country.

3.    Visit someplace new in North Dakota

If visiting someplace “new” is on your list, North Dakota will be serving up some legendary opportunities for 2014. The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center will be opening new galleries this year while the Maah Daah Hey Trail will add 45 miles to their premier single-track. Explore new stops on the North Dakota Beer and Wine Trail then stay at the new Sakakawea Sunset Lodge on Lake Sakakawea. Discover more new adventures in North Dakota at NDtourism.com.

4.    Fish for fun

The deep freeze that settled over the state firmed up not only the ice on the state’s best fishing holes, but your plans for that ice fishing excursion. For some friendly competition, you might try the Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Tournament in Devils Lake or Bite the Ice on the Hook in Parshall.

5.    It’s all fun and games

There are a number of games to play both indoors and out this winter. Dress warm and celebrate the season at Papa's Polar Patch in Bismarck or experience the fun of Shiverfest in Devils Lake, where visitors of all ages will discover North Dakota’s winter wonderland. If you prefer the great “indoors” and want the kids to burn off some energy, Northern Air Family Fun Center in Grand Forks is the perfect destination!

6.    Traverse the trails

Want a great calorie burn while enjoying snow-covered vistas? Cross-country skiing is just the sport, and there are many options for both beginners and advanced skiers. You can start with the groomed trails in your own backyard, like these in Fargo or the Greenway in Grand Forks. Next, challenge yourself to take on the miles of groomed trails at North Dakota’s state parks or North Dakota’s Badlands.

7.    Plan a Girlfriend Getaway

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to spend more time with your girlfriends, then North Dakota has plenty of fun things to do. You might enjoy a weekend of scrapbooking or quilting at the Serendipity House in Mandan or Eagle Ride Lodge in Medora. Catch up with friends while being pampered and treat yourselves to a spa day at the Nail Bar in Fargo, Avant in Grand Forks, or Cedar Canyon Spa in Medora.

8.    Hit the slopes

Hit the slopes at one of North Dakota’s four downhill ski and snowboard areas. Bottineau Winter Park, Bear’s Den at Fort Ransom, Huff Hills at Mandan and Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area at Walhalla are all just short drives way. How about a “snow tube” party? You may now “go tubular” at either Bottineau or Walhalla.

9.    Take it to the extreme

If you are into the extremes this winter, consider gearing up for one of North Dakota’s extreme endurance events – the Iceman Triathlon in Grand Forks, or challenge yourself to an ultramarathon race that covers the entire length of the beautiful Sheyenne National Grasslands section of the North Country Trail on the North Dakota Sandhills run. 

These are just a few ideas to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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