Fall for Adventure in North Dakota

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September’s changing foliage, cooling temperatures and sounds of school children signify that summer is coming to its end. Yet fall’s adventures are just beginning, so stay outside and experience autumn fun in North Dakota. Into running? Test your physical stamina in a road race or get off-trail for a terrain challenge. If you’d rather watch a sport than participate, tailgate with family and friends and then cheer on your favorite team at homecoming. Get culturally courageous at a range of food and art festivals across the state. There is much to do in North Dakota this September … enjoy the adventure. 

Looking to test your endurance? There are multiple events across the state to let you do just that.  Bismarck’s Kroll’s full and half marathon and Grand Forks’ Wild Hog full and half marathon are each held this month. Extreme North Dakota Racing’s Bakken X-Trek in Williston and END Racing’s Uffda Mud Run in Grand Forks encourage you to get absolutely filthy as you run, crawl, wade and climb your way to the finish line.

If spectator sports are more your pace, travel to Fargo to cheer on five-time defending NCAA Division I FCS national champion North Dakota State University during its homecoming game. Or visit Grand Forks and celebrate the 51st annual Potato Bowl with the University of North Dakota as it challenges the University of South Dakota. The University of Mary and Minot State play in the NCAA II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and there are multiple sporting events occurring at the NAIA, junior college and high school levels. Show your spirit and don school colors, tailgate with family and friends and give your best effort in the cheering section.

Feeling culturally inclined? Visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park and drive the wildlife loop to witness buffalo, prairie dogs and wild horses in their native environs. At dark, contemplate the marvels of our universe while learning from nationally recognized astronomers during the Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival. For an authentic German experience – complete with lederhosen and accordion music – raise your beer stein at an Oktoberfest. For some intellectual stimulation, spend the day engaging with Pulitzer Prize-winning historians and authors at North Dakota Humanities Council’s GameChanger Idea Festival.    

What is September without apples, pumpkins and corn stalks? Halloween is just around the corner and pumpkin patches and corn mazes start welcoming guests in September. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch  was recently recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine as a top pumpkin farm in the United States. Communities across the state feature top-notch corn mazes and hayrides.

These are just a few of the activities available in September in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 

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