Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to discover what’s new in North Dakota

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New tourism providers help meet demand for N.D’s outdoor adventures

Bismarck, N.D. – Memorial Day Weekend historically is the jump-start to the summer travel season. The combination of a long weekend and the welcomed warm weather predicted across the state makes this Memorial Day Weekend an ideal time to get out and explore North Dakota.

North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman says visitors and residents will find a lot of legendary experiences to enjoy in North Dakota, including new travel and tourism opportunities for 2014.

“Memorial Day Weekend is a time many families kick off their family summer camping tradition or discover new favorites like a golf course or a hiking trail in North Dakota. And, after the long winter, many of us are ready to get out and take advantage of the beautiful weather,” Otte Coleman says.

“North Dakota’s legendary outdoor adventures attract residents and visitors from all over, and new for this summer is more than a half dozen providers offering rentals for bikes, boats, canoes and kayaks, as well as cabin rentals in the Badlands.”

New tourism offerings in 2014

Crooked Lane Farm Folk School, Colfax

Located on the banks of the Wild Rice River near historic Fort Abercrombie, Crooked Lane Farm Folk School is a North Dakota Century Farm dedicated to lifelong learning for individuals and families. Through a variety of events and experiences, Crooked Lane Farm offers meaningful activities that encourage creativity, personal growth and learning. http://crookedlanefarm.wordpress.com/

Pontoon Rentals at Lund’s Landing Marina and Lodge, Ray

This longtime favorite resort on Lake Sakakawea has expanded its marina offerings with two new 25-foot Bennington pontoons, in addition to a fleet of fishing boats, kayaks and canoes for rent. www.lundslanding.com

Red Hills Ranch, Sentinel Butte

Located 26 miles southwest of Medora and 16 miles west of Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Ranch, the Red Hills Ranch offers relaxation or adventure, whatever guests’ desire. Guests can participate in ranch activities like branding, moving cattle, campfire cooking, stagecoach rides or whatever is going on at that time of year. Owners Steve and Debb Weninger are a ranching couple with a love of hospitality and are excited to open the doors of their three-level log home to guests. www.redhillsnd.com

Tailrace Adventures Rentals, Riverdale

Tailrace Adventures Rentals at Lake Sakakawea offers various sizes of boats, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Rentals are available separately or in conjunction with lodging packages from one to seven nights at Sakakawea Sunset Lodge in Riverdale. 701-654-7600

Wannagan Creek Cabins, Medora www.wannagancreekcabins.com

Wannagan Creek Cabins is a quiet and peaceful vacation destination 16 miles north of Medora. The four fully-furnished two-bedroom cabins are named after Wannagan Creek, which runs through the ranch and empties into the Little Missouri River. Guests may see buffalo, elk, deer, antelope, wild horses, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs as they enjoy the view of the Little Missouri River.

Maah Daah Hey Trail completion: grand opening of last 43 miles

The Maah Daah Hey Trail in the North Dakota Badlands first opened in 1999 and attracts mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. The US Forest Service recently opened another 43 miles of non-motorized pathway, marking the completion of the Maah Daah Hey Trail system, which totals 200 miles of interconnected non-motorized trails. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the last 43 miles is on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 7. The event will be at Sully Creek State Park, south of Medora. 

Bike rentals from Epic Sports near the Missouri River

Epic Sports recently opened its new location within walking distance of the bike paths along the Missouri River in Bismarck. People can rent bikes to enjoy the miles of paved and non-paved trails throughout the Bismarck-Mandan area. http://epicsportsnd.com/biking/bike-rental

North Dakota State Parks’ campsites reservations

Those who like to plan ahead for their summer camping adventures at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and Lake Metigoshe State Park can now reserve their camping spots online. Until this summer, camping at these two state parks was on a first-come, first-serve basis. www.parkrec.nd.gov

The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck

Discover North Dakota’s history at the newly expanded North Dakota Heritage Center on the state’s capitol grounds. A total of four new galleries will expound upon the history of North Dakota and its people across time and place, from the time when dinosaurs ruled through the development of today’s emerging industries. Two galleries opened at the end of April.

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To see a calendar of events and learn about all there is to experience in North Dakota, request a copy of the North Dakota Travel Guide by calling 800-435-5663 or view the digital Travel Guide at NDtourism.com.

North Dakota’s accommodations are plentiful and varied. With more than 25,000 hotel rooms available in North Dakota, you’ll find a comfortable place to rest your head. So, plan your North Dakota vacation now. Go to NDtourism.com.