Local Legends

  • Phil Jackson, Williston native and former coach of the LA Lakers
  • State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center Exterior
  • Musician Gwen Sebastian is from New Salem, North Dakota
  • Custer House
  • Display at State Museum at North Dakota Heritage Center
  • Captains Lewis & Clark met Sakakawea during the expedition's 1804 journey through the territory that would become North Dakota.
  • Sitting Bull Burial Site
  • Exterior of State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center
  • Chief Sitting Bull
  • Heritage Center
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
  • Proud to be from North Dakota
  • North Dakota - Home for the Holidays

Numerous legendary characters shaped North Dakota's past. Did you know President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying "I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota?" And that Sitting Bull was a skilled musician and artist? Discover the story behind these and other North Dakota legends here. Click here for more on North Dakota's local legends.

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Trip Ideas & Travel Information

Visitors to the three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park find the dramatic scenery and recreational opportunities awe-inspiring.

Be sure to check out these must-see sites, attractions and events in North Dakota
Diggin' dinosaurs (Articles)
Dinosuars called North Dakota home long before humans showed up

Custer Trail Auto Tour follows route through the Badlands toward Montana.

Fill your itinerary with more than two dozen things to see and do in a tour of North Dakota. Activities are as diverse as the regions in which they are found.

Learn about the notable figures who shaped Lewis and Clark's famous journey into the unknown.
Experience haunted mansions, Wild West lore and other North Dakota legends.
North Dakota legends and historic notables include Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt.
From Custer to Roosevelt and Sakakawea to Sitting Bull, many legends shaped North Dakota's past.
Native American, agricultural and ranching roots run deep in North Dakota.
Featured Listings
Southeast
Southeast
2 miles north of Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom, ND 58033
Fort Ransom State Park, which takes its name from an 1860s military fort, is located in the midst...
Northcentral
Northcentral
416 Sixth St., Devils Lake, ND 58301
Three floors furnished as a 1910-era home with artifacts from Lake Region area families, plus an...
Southeast
Southeast
1609 19th Ave. N., Fargo, ND 58102
Our Planes Fly! Blue skies prevail year round at the Fargo Air Museum, a premier flying museum in...
Northcentral
Northcentral
2576 Eighth St. SW, Washburn, ND 58577
Exhibits at the Interpretive Center immerse you in the journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition...
Northcentral
Northcentral
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, ND 58577
Take a step back in time when you visit the reconstructed Fort Mandan, the winter home of the...
Northwest
Northwest
First Street Northwest and Third Avenue, Mohall, ND
Museum features extensive collection of photographs from the early 1900s, military displays, farm...
Southcentral
Southcentral
State Capitol Building, Bismarck, ND
Oil portraits of recipients of state's highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award,...
Northwest
Northwest
15349 39th Lane N.W., Williston, ND 58801
Museum exhibits and interpretive walking trail tell the stories of the Confluence. Store, walking...
Southeast
Southeast
555 113-1/2 Ave NE, Cooperstown, ND 58425
The new Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site consists of two sites telling the...
Southwest
Southwest
1221 W. Villard, Dickinson, ND 58601
The Ukrainian Cultural Institute features folk art cultural exhibits and religious displays...
Events
Southcentral
Southcentral
May 14, 2016 - May 14, 2016
500 Third Ave. SE, Jamestown, ND 58505
Offices being restored to original 1809 look. Courthouse and lower level will be open for viewing...
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jun 05, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016
321 Third Ave. SE, Jamestown, ND 58401
Explore the history of Jamestown by listening to the Front Porch Chats at the Stutsman County...
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jun 11, 2016 - Jun 11, 2016
Frontier Village, Jamestown, ND 58401
Experience the Old West in a Wild West shootout at the Frontier Village. Show starts at 3 p.m....
Northcentral
Northcentral
Jun 12, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
Prairie Village Museum, Rugby, ND 58368
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Northwest
Northwest
Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801
Reenactors at the fort.
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jun 19, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016
Box 244, Jamestown, ND 58402-0244
Authentic week-long family wagon train trek across North Dakota prairies is a once-in-a-lifetime...
Northcentral
Northcentral
Jun 25, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016
Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison, ND 58540
Experience Dakota Territory living history military encampment with demonstrations and maneuvers...
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jun 25, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016
Frontier Village, Jamestown, ND 58401
Experience the Old West in a Wild West shootout at the Frontier Village. Show starts at 3 p.m....
Northcentral
Northcentral
Jun 26, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016
Prairie Village Museum, Rugby, ND 58368
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Southwest
Southwest
Jul 02, 2016 - Jul 02, 2016
Beach Swimming Pool Park, Beach, ND 58621
Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates its 44th season with Richard III. Grab a blanket, pack a...
Packages
Southwest
Southwest
Oct 08, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
81 East 1st Street, Regent, ND 58650
* Experienced, licensed guide and hunting dog...
Southcentral
Southcentral
Mar 15, 2016 - Nov 30, 2016
Expressway Inn, Bismarck, ND 58504
DAKOTA ZOO Package!...
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jan 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Expressway Suites of Bismarck, Bismarck, ND 58504
ND Romantic Package!...
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jun 01, 2016 - Aug 24, 2016
Expressway Suites, Bismarck, ND 58504
Stay with us in a Double Queen Suite, and get free hot breakfast....
Southcentral
Southcentral
Jan 01, 2015 - Dec 31, 2016
Expressway Suites of Bismarck, Bismarck, ND 58504
Park & Fly Package $129.95* !...