North Dakota Scenic Byways and Backways - And More

Open roads. pristine green, red and golden backdrops, wildlife, waterways in their most natural environments and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic attractions are all found along North Dakota’s 10 Scenic Byways and Backways. Visitors are encouraged to get out and explore the wonders that beckon from each route. By car, motorcycle or even bike, these designated pathways are your key to the state’s best vistas and experiences.  Byways are paved surfaces while backways are generally gravel and dirt roads.

Chan SanSan Scenic Backway

When travelers descend the byway into the valley, they see the panoramic view of a winding river surrounded by tall grass prairie and wildflowers. This area is rich in Native American history, earthen mounds, early settlements and scenic beauty.

South of Jamestown Adrian, ND 58401
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Scenic Backway

The most striking experience is wildlife viewing opportunities at the wildlife refuge. More than 250 bird species have been seen here, including waterfowl, raptors and many other migratory birds.

Kenmare Des Lacs Lake Kenmare, ND 58746
Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway

From the rugged Killdeer Mountains to the deeply entrenched Little Missouri River breaks and Badlands, this byway provides an enchanting and unique landscape in one of the most scenic areas of western North Dakota.

Killdeer Killdeer, ND 58640
Sakakawea Scenic Byway

Follow the course of Lewis and Clark's journey on the high ground above the winding Missouri River and discover the history and culture of the people who lived in the wooded valleys of the Missouri and Knife rivers.

Highway 200A from Washburn to Stanton Washburn, ND 58577
Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway

Originally referred to as the Red Trail that became Old Highway 10, this byway provides ample opportunity to explore how life was many years ago for those settling in North Dakota.

Old Highway 10 Mandan, ND 58638
Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway

Winding along the bends of the Pembina River, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Pembina Gorge, along with the year-round recreation opportunities of the area.

Hwy 32 Walhalla, ND 58282
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway

In addition to nature and scenery at its best, archaeology, history, culture and recreation options are found along the byway, North Dakota’s first nationally recognized scenic byway.

250 Main St. W. Valley City, ND 58072
Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway

History comes alive on a journey along the Missouri River, to an area where Lakota chief Sitting Bull lived and died. Lewis and Clark stopped 14 times along the route and famous mountain men like Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith passed through.

Fort Yates, ND 58538
Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit Scenic Byway

This byway provides the colorful North Dakota Badlands as a scenic backdrop, with its sweeping vistas of one of the last remnants of wilderness on the Northern Great Plains.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit Watford City, ND 58554
Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway

This byway begins its ascent winding through the serene beauty of the Turtle Mountains, passing farmsteads, pasture land, recreational areas, beautiful lakes and tree-covered wildlife areas before descending into the foothills 

109 Foussard Ave. SE St. John, ND 58369
Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit Loop

The best way to get up close and personal with wildlife and the landscape of the South Unit is to ride the 32-mile scenic loop within the park. The route leads to many geographic sites and overlooks. Motorists often encounter bison near the road.

Medora, ND 58645
Enchanted Highway

Metal sculptures, including “World’s Largest Tin Family,” “Teddy Rides Again,” “Pheasants on the Prairie,” “Grasshoppers in the Field,” “Geese in Flight,” “Deer Crossing” and “Fisherman’s Dream” dot the highway.

I-94, Exit 72 Regent, ND 58650
Devils Lake Loop

From the small-town charm of Devils Lake, a ride around the massive lake includes scenery unlike any other in North Dakota. High, wooded hills contain Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, Spirit Lake Casino and Fort Totten State Historic Site. And, of course, vast Devils Lake is almost always over your shoulder.

Devils Lake, ND
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