8 Legendary ways to explore North Dakota’s playground

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It’s up, up and away in May. Gear up for the start of the auto racing season; club up to get the most of that golfing experience; and lace up to run that 10-K or marathon. May is when outdoor activities really heat up in North Dakota. Contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

  1. Discover North Dakota State Parks

North Dakota's 13 state parks are nestled in the shadows of historic forts and sprawled out in the stunning Badlands. From primitive campsites to cabin rentals, evening programs in outdoor amphitheaters to guided interpretive trails, you'll find quiet joys and great adventures.

  1. Rev it up!

Cruise on down to the nearest dirt track, drag strip or bike rally. Race tracks all across the state begin their weekly programs, while bikers leather up to explore the scenic routes and enjoy local events. Those who like things fast and furious can get their doors blown off in one-eighth-mile segments at the Magic City International Dragway in Minot

  1. Take to the skies

In a land of wide-open spaces and crystal clear skies, North Dakota is a perfect place to look up and dream. Or you can look at things that used to be in the sky and dream of what it might be like one day when you take flight on North Dakota’s aviation trail.

  1. Mom’s playground

There are many ways to spoil your mom this Mother’ Day in North Dakota. If music is her passion, treat her to an upcoming concert or plan ahead for a summer musical. For the adventure-seeking mom, the Extreme North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race at the Pembina Gorge may present the perfect challenge. If Mom loves flowers, take her on a greenhouse tour at the International Peace Garden and enjoy the festivities of its Mother’s Day Event. 

  1. Find your playground

Deep down, we’re all still kids; and North Dakota is one big playground. Let 9 Legendary things to do with kids channel your inner kid, be it digging for dinosaurs, catching a whopper, swimming at waterparks or exploring forts. Make memories with your family in North Dakota this year.

  1. Gone fishin’

Like a long winter, lake ice is retreating and that means one thing: open-water fishing. Snag a prehistoric paddlefish at the confluence near Williston in May, or troll on out to the deep water for pike and walleye. As the temperature warms, so will the fishing.

  1. Historic playgrounds for everyone

Most travelers have heard of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But did you know that Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site at Stanton are also important historic areas in the state? Discover the treasures at these sites then explore the 56 state historic sites.

  1. Hit the trails

Looking for a quick jaunt with the dog? Or an all-day hiking adventure through Theodore Roosevelt National Park? Either way, North Dakota has a hike for you, complete with stunning views and breathtaking landscapes. Explore your favorite trail, or discover a new route this year.  

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

Follow North Dakota Tourism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelND or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NorthDakota  and get tips on what to see and do all year long. 

North Dakota’s accommodations are plentiful and varied. With more than 25,000 hotel rooms available in North Dakota, you’ll find a comfortable place to rest your head. So, plan your North Dakota vacation now. Go to NDtourism.com.