Where can you find a lake 180 miles long, that has more shoreline than the California Pacific coast and is brimming with state parks? North Dakota. Lake Sakakawea is a wonderland for anglers, boaters, campers and swimmers who take advantage of its immense size year-round. With easy access points around the lake, beautiful scenery and many places to drop anchor, there is something there for every outdoor enthusiast.
Rock climbing. The name itself can send chills up your spine and cause others to shake with excitement. Rock climbing isn't an activity most would associate with North Dakota. But a dedicated group of climbing enthusiasts has identified several climbing hotspots in the state and created beta for those climbs and other off-the-beaten-path tests. Details can be found in the book "Northern Buttey" by climber Dakota Walz. Click here to order your book, get permission when needed and lay out your route to lofty vistas in North Dakota. Climbing in a challenging and dangerous activity. Those who choose to climb, do so at their own risk. Click here for more about climbing in North Dakota.
Water activities are a big deal at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, the Walleye Capital of North Dakota. Two marinas serve boaters and tree-lined camping areas and hiking trails make for a relaxing getaway.
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.
At the center of the Northern Plains is a rugged section of Badlands, buttes and fertile grasslands where cattle and sheep graze, and the deer and antelope still roam. This region – bordered by the towns of Hettinger, N.D. and Lemmon, Bison and Buffalo, S.D. – is where Lakota and Dakota people conducted the last hunts of the majestic, wild buffalo that once roamed the grasslands in great herds. Click here to order your copies of trail companion books "Buffalo Trails in the Dakota Buttes" and "Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains" and start your journey with a visit to the buffalo mount “Prairie Thunder” at Dakota Buttes Museum in Hettinger. Click here for the TR to the Faces Tour of western North and South Dakota, from the North Dakota Badlands Badlands to the Black Hills' Mount Rushmore.
It's hot. The kids want to be in the water. But a trip to the lake just isn't in the cards today. Don't fret. In North Dakota, you don't have to drive far to get to the nearest water. Most of the larger cities have waterparks and many smaller towns have pools. No matter where you are, you can make a splash with your family. Click here for more wet and wild fun.
North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park has a rare distinction among all national parks in the United States in that it was the only one to first be named a memorial park. Make time this year to see what all the fuss was about by visiting multiple units of the park: the North Unit near Watford City, the South Unit at Medora and Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site in the Badlands in between. And why stop there? Make it a point to visit affiliated sites Fort Union Trading Post, Knife River Indian Villages and the International Peace Garden.
Let us take you on a trip across the state to savor some of the freshest, finest and most unique restaurants! Click here for a printable version.
If you are looking for top-notch courses or local diamonds in the rough, make North Dakota your next golfing getaway. With more golf courses per capita than any other state in the country, North Dakota is a golfer’s paradise. Click here for a printable version. Or follow in the footsteps of legends along the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail.