History & Culture

  • Fort Lincoln
  • Arts at Norsk Hostfest
  • Albino buffalo at Jamestown
  • Norwegian dancers
  • Three Affiliated Tribes Museum
  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • Fargo Air Museum
  • Ukrainian Festival
  • Earthlodge Village
  • State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South Unit
  • International Welcome
  • International Welcome
  • Find your Legendary in North Dakota: History

From Jurassic to pioneer days, North Dakota is home to a variety of history and culture. Dig for dinosaur bones, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, learn about Native American traditions or see the struggles of early settlers. Becoming legendary doesn’t happen overnight. Here’s our story. Click here for more Historical and Cultural attractions and activities in  North Dakota.

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North Dakota is a state crafted largely by legendary heroes of the Old West, hard-working immigrants and pioneers who left a legacy that endures to this day. Here are 10 historically significant sites in North Dakota.

9 Iconic Bridges in North Dakota (Best Places Lists)

The Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge spanning the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan opened up travel to the west in 1882. That traffic led to the growth of Bismarck (Edwinton) and eventually points west. Bridges and their impacts have played a key role in North Dakota history. Here are several bridges of note. 

The North Dakota favorites remind us of celebrations growing up
November is a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for

Getting to Fort Ransom State Park is part of the fun, as it lies at the end of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway south of Valley City - or at the beginning if you come from the south - near the town of Fort Ransom. The park is a tribute to the state's homesteading Heritage.

Long before there were scenic byways, there was the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark took it to the Rocky Mountains and back home. Today, you can travel along the water route and see an array of attractions along the way, including Garrison Dam.

Experiences different in every corner of the state

Explorers Lewis and Clark were among the earliest visitors to North Dakota. They mapped out a trail for you to follow through North Dakota.

River cities off diverse experiences for guests
The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center is a must-see destination
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