New travel and tourism offerings enhance visitors’ experiences in North Dakota

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Bismarck, N.D. – New travel and tourism offerings continue to increase across North Dakota.  These items provide visitors more options for transportation, lodging, dining and activities.

New Accommodations:

  • Riverdale High Lodge, which opened in 2008, recently expanded by adding a 16-space RV park and 13-unit motel on the south side of the existing lodge. The expansion increases the total number of rooms at Riverdale High Lodge to 30.
  • Also new to Riverdale is the 13-unit Sakakawea Sunset Lodge overlooking Lake Sakakawea and the Garrison Dam. All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves and a patio with lake views.
  • After opening three properties in 2012, Cobblestone Inn & Suites continued its expansion in North Dakota with the opening of hotels in Harvey, Bottineau, Carrington and Rugby in 2013.  Cobblestone Inn focuses on providing quality amenities in smaller communities. The company has 35 locations in 10 states.

Lodging availability:

  • Hotel availability throughout North Dakota has greatly improved. As of August 1, 21 properties have added 1,545 rooms year-to-date. Announced projects will add another 36 hotels with 3,829 rooms in the next two years. These new hotel properties are being built in 35 communities across the state.

Transportation updates:

  • The National Park Service has reopened the scenic drive in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.
  • Phase One of the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area multi-use trail system has reopened.  The multi-use trail is designed for OHV use, but is also open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Attraction updates:

  • Travelers can experience 4 Bears Casino on Lake Sakakawea by taking a cruise on the casino’s yacht. Cruises run Thursday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center’s 9,000-square-foot expansion is almost complete. It consists of additional gallery space, a research library and an events center. A grand opening is planned for mid-September.
  • Oak Park in Minot has added nature elements to provide a new experience for visitors.
  • Painted Canyon overlook will stay open through October. The scenic rest area is east of Medora on Interstate 94 and is often visitors’ first glimpse of North Dakota’s Badlands.

Restaurant updates:

  • Downtown Bismarck has new outdoor sidewalk space at Peacock Alley, Toasted Frog, Laughing Sun Brewery and Fire Flour Pizza.
  • The Totten Trail Resort near Coleharbor has undergone a major renovation in their restaurant.  Improvements include five new flat-screen TVs, knotty pine paneling and sports-themed decor.
  • Downtown Fargo has a new attraction on the go.  Totes People Pedicabs is pedal-powered transportation. Patrons can hop on a pedicab for a quick and fun ride to their destination.

For more information, go to NDtourism.com or call 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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