5 Legendary ways to "go green" in North Dakota

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Whether you're admiring the greens on the golf course, enjoying nature, or celebrating Mother Earth, April is a time to go green in North Dakota. Check out these fun ways to enjoy spring, or contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
1.Seek Refuge
With 63 wildlife refuges and a location smack dab in the middle of the Central Flyway, North Dakota is a top destination for millions of birds and a fair number of birders, too. The action-packed spring migration season provides astounding opportunities to see birds in their natural habitat, boasting beautiful breeding plumage.  For those interested in birding, be sure to stop by a North Dakota State Park and pick up your checklist and include these upcoming birding events in your spring travel plans.

2.Head to the greens
Warm Spring weather has inspired golfers to hit the course early this year. Looking for a challenge? Try the triple golf challenge of Bully Pulpit Golf Course, Hawktree Golf Club and the Links of North Dakota. How about a unique experience where you can golf in two states at Bois de Sioux Golf Course in Wahpeton or golf in two countries at Gateway Cities Golf Course in Portal! Whether you seek an open fairway, plenty of trees, breathtaking views or challenging bunkers, North Dakota has 116 golf courses inviting you to hone your skills.

3.Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22nd and events are planned all around the world. Will you be taking part in the largest environmental service project on the planet or maybe discovering ways to minimize your carbon footprint? In North Dakota, you might head to Fargo and enjoy Party for the Planet at the Red River Zoo or join in the festivities at the Bismarck Earth Day Festival. Continue the fun of Earth Day throughout 2012 at festivals around the state celebrating "Food from the Earth".

4. Get "going green"
We would all enjoy a greener North Dakota and doing so can actually help improve your health. Biking or walking tours through travel sites can give you an opportunity to interact with nature. Strap on your rollerblades and cruise the Greenway in Grand Forks or a take a stroll through Medora's walking tour.Take a history ride on your bike through Steamboat and Keelboat Parks in Bismarck or Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot. So get going "green" to not only reduce mental fatigue and increase concentration but also experience North Dakota.

5.Where the green grapes grow…
Agritourism is growing in North Dakota and so are the number of vineyards and wineries.Take a stroll through Dakota Sun Gardens near Carrington then stop by their winery for a taste of local fare. Have you visited one of North Dakota's vineyards? Explore the native grape varieties at the Red Trail Vineyard near Buffalo or Long Shadow Vineyards by Galesburg. Be sure to include the Grape Harvest Festival near Buffalo along with wine walks in Minot, Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Fargo in your travel plans.

These are just a few ideas to go green in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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Make your North Dakota vacation more enjoyable by planning ahead and making hotel reservations in advance. For a listing of local convention and visitors bureaus offering travel assistance, go to: www.ndtourism.com/industry/chamber-links/.