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30 Must-See Places in North Dakota

There's adventure to be found in North Dakota and its affordable, safe and worry-free destinations. North Dakota has must-see national and state parks and recreation areas. Its urban hubs offer all the amenities you need without waiting in line. Fill your itinerary with more than two dozen things to see and do in a tour of North Dakota. When you’re ready for travel, North Dakota is ready for you.

Fort Buford
Fort Buford State Historic Site

A military post at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, Fort Buford was a supply depot for the U.S. Army during the Indian wars. It's the site of Chief Sitting Bull's surrender in July 1881. He was imprisoned here, as was Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe.

15349 39th Lane NW
Williston, ND 58801
United States

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Home to John Jacob Astor's powerful American Fur Company, Fort Union Trading Post dominated the fur trade on the upper Missouri River between 1829 and 1867. It's where Indians and fur traders co-existed in peace before the great Indian wars. Today, you can see museum exhibits in the Bourgeois House and shop for gifts and souvenirs in the reconstructed Indian Trade House.

15550 Highway 1804
Williston, ND 58801
United States

Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center
Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center

See artifacts relating to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa history at Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center. The Turtle Mountain Chippewa community is a vibrant multi-cultural community that includes traditions from the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) and Metis/Cree people.

​​3959 SkyDancer Way NE
Belcourt, ND 58316
United States

Minot CVB
Scandinavian Heritage Park

See a typical Norwegian house and a Norwegian stabbur (storehouse) at this park paying tribute to Scandinavian and American heritage. Among other attractions, there's a Danish windmill, 30-foot-tall Dala horse (the national symbol of Sweden) and a Nordic-style visitors center.

1020 S. Broadway
Minot, ND 58701
United States

Pioneer Trails Museum
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

Museum includes displays dedicated to archaeology, geology and paleontology. Collections relate to local history and culture found in southwestern North Dakota and the surrounding areas of Montana and South Dakota.

12 First Ave. NE
Bowman, ND 58701
United States

Sailboat Milky Way
Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Dam

The largest lake in North Dakota and the largest man-made lake within one state, Lake Sakakawea is 609 square miles of water behind Garrison Dam. It's named for the young Indian woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition. Daily tours of the Garrison Dam powerhouse are conducted.

Riverdale, ND 58565
United States

Earth lodge At Knife River Indian Villages
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Visit the 1804 meeting place of Sakakawea and Lewis and Clark. On the ruins of an ancient Indian village last occupied in 1845 today sits a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to preserving the culture of the Plains Indians. A reconstructed earthlodge contains artifacts from the Plains culture.

564 County Rd 37
Stanton, ND 58571
United States

Touring Fort Mandan State Historic Site Near Washburn
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan

Stop into this world-class interpretive center along the very route Lewis and Clark traveled. Exhibits focus on artifacts from every tribe the explorers encountered, showcasing the culture of the Mandan Indians and the winter of 1804-05. Fort Mandan is two miles west of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

2576 8th St. SW
Washburn, ND 58577
United States

Chahinkapa Zoo

More than 300 animals representing sic continents and 100 species make the zoo their home. Otters, gibbons, zebras, grizzly bears, spider monkeys, Bengal tigers and kangaroos are just a few of the favorites. Tal, the only orangutan in North Dakota, is waiting to greet you.

1004 RJ Hughes Drive
Wahpeton, ND 58075
United States

History Lesson at Fort Abraham Lincoln
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

At Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, history goes back 300-plus years to when it was home to the Mandan Indians. Today it's a 977-acre park on the banks of the Missouri River, and its exhibits relate to the life of the Mandans and the military history of the fort (in the mid- to late 1800s, it was the site of a military garrison). Tour the home of General George and Libbie Custer and the 7th Cavalry.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road
Mandan, ND 58554
United States

North Dakota Attractions
North Dakota Capitol Building

Tour the "Skyscraper of the Prairie" -- the 19-story Capitol, which was built in the early 1930s, has a top-floor observation deck. The Former Governor's Mansion State Historic Site is nearby. Restored to the late Victorian era, it housed North Dakota's governors from 1893 to 1960.

600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505
United States

Heritage Center Family
North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum

The collection of Plains Indians artifacts found here is second only to the Smithsonian's. You can also see displays on the state's rich military and agricultural history and step back into the time of the dinosaurs. Permanent and rotating exhibits and museum gift shop.

612 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505
United States

North Dakota Attractions
Dakota Zoo

See more than 600 animals from more than 125 species at the Dakota Zoo, home to mountain lions, moose, grizzly bears, river otters and more.

600 Riverside Park Road
Bismarck, ND 58504
United States

Attractions
Dickinson Museum Center

Don't let the life-sized Triceratops and Pachycephalosaurus outside the entrance scare you away. Real skeletons excavated from the area are found inside, in addition to a Triceratops skull named "Bill" and a collection of minerals from all over the world. The gift shop has unique souvenirs like insects in amber and casts of dinosaur teeth and claws.

46 W Museum Dr
Dickinson, ND 58601
United States

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

This 26-room, two-story historic house museum was built in 1883 as the summer home of Medora founder Marquis de Mores and his family.

3426 Chateau Rd
Medora, ND 58645
United States

Little Missouri River Landscape
Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South Unit

Admire the 26th president's contribution to conservation at this national park. The North Dakota Badlands provide a scenic backdrop, and you may spot buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dogs on the loop drive.

Medora
Medora, ND 58645
United States

Theodore Roosevelt National park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit

Get spectacular views along the 14-mile scenic drive, which features turnouts with interpretive signs. Self-guided nature trails take you through coulees and breaks. Visit the prairie dog town, Oxbow Overlook and the Edge of Glacier Pullout.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Medora, ND 58645
United States

Petrified Tree Watford
McKenzie County Heritage Park and Pioneer Museum

An original trapper's log cabin, homestead shack, one-room schoolhouse and the original 1915 Schafer Law Office are on the site of the heritage park. You can even see mammoth fossil bones discovered in the area.

950 Second Ave.
SW Watford City, ND 58854
United States

Killdeer Battlefield
Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State Historic Site

An interpretive plaque on site commemorates the July 28, 1864, battle fought here between 2,200 troops commanded by General Alfred Sully and 6,000 Sioux Indians.

Killdeer, ND 58505
United States

North Dakota Outddors
Little Missouri State Park

Little Missouri State Park offers a wilderness experience in the picturesque North Dakota Badlands. Hike or bring a horse and explore the extensive trail system (corrals are available).

19 miles north of Killdeer
Killdeer, ND 58502
United States

Largest Buffalo
World's Largest Buffalo

The World's Largest Buffalo Monument towers over the city of Jamestown and the adjacent National Buffalo Museum, live bison herd and Frontier Village.

Louis L'Amour Lane
Jamestown, ND 58401
United States

Devils Lake
Devils Lake

North Dakota's four-season recreational area boasts excellent open-water and ice fishing, boating camping and hunting.

Devils Lake, ND 58301
United States

International Peace Garden
International Peace Garden

The tribute to peace between the U.S. and Canada encompasses 2,300 acres of natural beauty; two pristine freshwater lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, wildflowers, waterfalls and a large variety of North American birds and animals. 

Dunseith, ND 58329
United States

Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site

Last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing. It tells the story of the Cold War years in North Dakota. Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility is the underground launch site and November-33 Launch Facility is a silo.

Cooperstown, ND 58425
United States

Fargo Air Museum
Fargo Air Museum

Premier flying museum in the Upper Midwest has historic flyable airplanes, including P-51 Mustang, Duggy - "Smile in the Sky" airplane, TBM Avenger, Corsair, L Birds, PT-19 Fairchild, Pitts Special, Wright Flyer replica, Ag Cat and more.

4291 Old Hwy 81
Fargo, ND 58102
United States

Bonanzaville
Bonanzaville

43 historic buildings and more 400,000 artifacts, including Fargo's first house, Donbrinz Schoolhouse, St. John's Church, Embden Train depot, Houston House, automobile museum, tractor museum, airplane museum and more.

1351 W. Main Ave.
West Fargo, ND 58078
United States

Plains Art Museum
Plains Art Museum

Accredited fine art museum in the heart of historic downtown Fargo. Includes the Blue Goose Cafe, The Store, exhibitions, performances, special events, tours, classes. 

1800 5th St N
Fargo, ND 58102
United States

North Dakota Museum of Art
North Dakota Museum of Art

Three galleries house exhibitions of regional, national and international art. The museum is recognized nationally for its commissioning of landmark works of art anchored in the landscape, history and culture of the Northern Plains.

 

261 Centennial Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58202
United States

Pembina State Museum
Pembina State Museum

Discover 100 million years of regional history from the Cretaceous Age to contemporary times in the permanent exhibit gallery. Also features temporary exhibit gallery, museum store and seven-story viewing tower.

113 W Stutsman St
Pembina, ND 58271
United States

Medora Musical
Medora Musical

The Medora Musical is a Broadway-styled musical production held nightly throughout the summer in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora. A rotation of specialty acts appear.

3422 Chateau Rd
Medora, ND 58645
United States