8 legendary ways to start your journey in North Dakota

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Summer is here, so start planning your North Dakota vacation! Whether you are looking for a high-action rodeo, an inspiring golf course, a day at the ballpark or a night at the theater, North Dakota has a number of distinctive ways to start your journey this summer. For more ideas about North Dakota activities, contact North Dakota Tourism at NDTourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

1.    Historic journey
Did you know that many of North Dakota’s forts and Native American villages were actually gathering places for various tribal members and the European and Scandinavian visitors and settlers that found their ways to what is now North Dakota?  Explore North Dakota’s history the fun way through its forts, villages and trails this summer!

2.    A Day with Dad
Create a lasting memory with a fantastic Father’s Day outing this year. Take in America’s favorite pastime, admire a car from the good ol’ days or play a round of golf. Try one of these seven legendary activities to let dad know you enjoy spending time with him.

3.    LUV the North Dakota journey
Have you visited all of the giant sculptures, traversed a North Dakota trail, tried an authentic food or walked in the footsteps of legends? Start celebrating North Dakota’s 125th birthday with us by planning your journey this summer and see how many experiences you can check off the list. Let the journey begin at LuvND.

4.    Take in a show
The season begins on stage at summer theaters throughout North Dakota, including the “Granddaddy of Them All,” the Medora Musical. The musical is held nightly outdoors at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. For smaller venues, enjoy “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at Frost Fire Summer Theater or head to the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre in Grand Rapids. Plays also will be held at the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts in New Rockford while “Shrek” and “Chicago” hit the outdoor stage at Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre in Bismarck.

5.    Art is a journey
North Dakota’s arts and culture encompasses a wide range of activities, including outdoor adventures, historical sites, special events and festivals.  All across the state, new experiences await you so be sure to include some of these cultural destinations on your journey across North Dakota.

6.    Bring the clubs 

North Dakota is home to many wonderful and challenging golf courses that have drawn national attention, and many more that are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. With 116 nine- and 18-hole courses, North Dakota boasts more golf courses per capita than any other state. Check out the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail.

7.    Off to the ballpark

Nothing is as special as taking your family to an outdoor baseball game. Catch “Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks” fever, or cheer for your favorite local amateur softball, American Legion or little league baseball team at a diamond near you. Swing in and enjoy a game this summer.

8.    Saddle up 

Eight seconds seems so long when you're watching a cowboy hang on for his life. From national professional events to local high school competitions, rodeo isn't just a sport in North Dakota, it’s a lifestyle. Get a closer look at the cowboy lifestyle by visiting the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora or jump in your own saddle and explore one of the state’s many horseback riding trails.

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

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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.