Savor Summer this August in North Dakota
August in North Dakota can be hot, hot, hot, so there’s no better time than now to savor the waning days of summer. Before shipping the kids back to school, plan a camping weekend at one of North Dakota’s many state parks. Stay up late beneath the prairie stars while taking in a live music or theater performance. Or simply pack the car with snacks and let one of North Dakota’s beautiful back-country roads guide you through a lazy day.
North Dakota’s thirteen state parks provide visitors a blend of activities for a fun-filled weekend away. Anglers can cast for rainbow trout at Turtle River State Park – home to one of the few fly fishing streams in the state. Lewis and Clark State Park is an ideal spot for hiking and enjoying expansive, picturesque views of Lake Sakakawea. History buffs will enjoy restored historic buildings at both Icelandic State Park and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Geocaching brings nature and technology together by encouraging users to explore scenic areas of North Dakota’s state parks. Several state parks offer horse trails and corrals, so equestrians can experience the splendors of North Dakota from the saddle. A wide range of camping options are available, from tent and RV sites to cabins and teepees, so decide what’s best for you and enjoy a night under the stars.
North Dakota’s pleasant summer evenings are ideal for live, outdoor performances, making outdoor music and theater productions a favorite pastime. Often, the setting is as much an attraction as the performance. The beloved Medora Musical provides foot-stomping, western-style entertainment set in North Dakota’s rugged Badlands. Charming Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park in Bismarck entertain audiences summer after summer with favorite musicals, comedies or dramas. Cities like Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo play host to big-name entertainers on world tours each summer and community festivals and fairs feature talented local and regional musicians and performers.
There are only a few places left in the United States to truly “get away from it all.’” North Dakota is one of them. The predominantly rural state means visitors can drive for miles on gloriously traffic-free byways through pristine, undeveloped countryside. Leisurely tour quiet backroads to enjoy wide-open skies and rolling prairie. Stop for photos at century-old, barely-standing farmsteads. Pull over to read roadside historical markers that tell the stories of people who came before you. And then cruise along – at your pace.