See the scenic and historic heritage that is uniquely North Dakota. Highways 1804 and 1806 mark the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. To retrace the explorers’ path, follow either Highway 1804 or 1806 from the South Dakota-North Dakota border, north along the scenic Missouri River. Along this route, you can view On-A-Slant Indian Villages, Fort Mandan, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and Fort Union National Historic Site, plus many other stops have rich culture and heritage. While on the road, watch for the natural wonder and incredible beauty that is North Dakota.
The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway is the first North Dakota scenic drive to be designated as a national byway. It extends 63 paved miles from north of Valley City south to Lisbon on State Highway 21. The drive follows a wooded river valley, passes gorgeous sunflower fields and shows off scenic farmsteads. One of the highlights of the drive is Fort Ransom State Park, located near the historic town of Fort Ransom.
North Dakota has many other designated scenic byways, all wonderful for an afternoon drive:
- Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway, Beginning north of Manning on Highway 22 through Killdeer to Highway 23, then east to New Town. This 64 mile section traverses spectacular Badlands near Little Missouri State Park and passes near an historic battlefield.
- The Rendezvous Region Backway following highways 32 and 55 is 12 miles of paved and gravel road starting one mile east of Walhalla ending at Vang. The drive shows off the Pembina River Gorge.
- The Turtle Mountain Byway extends 53 miles near Rolla and Bottineau in the Turtle Mountains. It begins at the intersection of Highway 30 along Rolette Co. 4006 and Highway 43 to the intersection of Highway 14. The byway is located near the U.S.-Canadian border, passing near the International Peace Garden and beautiful Lake Metigoshe State Park.
- Standing Rock Historical Scenic Byway has recently joined other Indian reservations to become an extension of the National Native American Scenic Byway. This 35-mile scenic drive on Standing Rock Reservation runs from the South Dakota state line north along highways 24 and 1806 to the Cannon Ball River.
- The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway is south of Kenmare. It extends from Highway 52 by Lower Des Lacs River six miles south of Kenmare to Ward Co. Road 1. This 19-mile backway is a wildlife watcher's dream and follows the gently rolling hills of upland prairie.
- The Chan SanSan Scenic Byway (James River Valley) covers 32 miles along the scenic river valley. Head south from Highway 46 through Adrian, Dickey, Grand Rapids and Lamoure to the intersection with County Line Road.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit is a trip through the scenic Badlands and the rustic beauty that defines North Dakota. Just off U.S. Highway 85 near Watford City, follow the 13.7 mile loop through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The Enchanted Highway is populated with amazingly large metal sculptures of a family, grasshoppers, pheasants and more. The “folk art” figures are spaced along a stretch of highway from Interstate 94 south to Regent, which also is home to the Enchanted Highway gift shop featuring miniatures of each statue. Watch for the sculpture of giant geese flying over a setting sun on Interstate 94 at the Gladstone exit, which is Exit 74.