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
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
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
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