Get a Jump-Start on Your North Dakota Summer Vacation Planning this April

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April brings warmer temperatures, longer days and the excitement of long weekends spent across North Dakota. Ample hiking, biking and kayaking pursuits exist for the outdoor adventurists. History buffs can lose track of time at significant landmarks and museums around the state. North Dakota’s cities welcome visitors to explore their unique shops and galleries and to eat in their restaurants. So, get busy planning your North Dakotan summer adventure.

Use these resources from North Dakota Tourism as you plan:

For Outdoor Lovers

  • For ages, the splendor of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park has captivated visitors. Spend a day traversing one of the parks many trails for exceptional vantage points of the mystifying Badlands. Follow the paved scenic drives in the north or south units of the park for views of prairie dogs, bison and wild horses. Don’t miss beloved attractions near the park like the Bully Pulpit Golf Course, the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the Medora Musical.
  • Many fishing, camping and boating adventures are easily accessible via North Dakota’s state parks. Visitors can experience both natural and historical aspects of life on the prairie at parks near Lake Sakakawea, Pembina Gorge, the Missouri River or Devils Lake. Try sleeping in a teepee or a yurt for a unique night under the stars. Check park listings for fun, family-friendly and educational events occurring throughout the summer.   
  • Plan a golfing getaway at one of the state’s 120 courses available. North Dakota’s uniquely rugged landscape and lovely summer weather provide an ideal backdrop to a day on the golf course with family and friends.
  • Rent a canoe or kayak and explore the peaceful, nature-rich waterways of North Dakota.

For Food Lovers

  • North Dakota is abuzz with new eating establishments. Minot’s The Starving Rooster just opened another location in Bismarck to serve its renowned wood-fired pizzas, paninis and cocktails. Downtown Fargo recently welcomed Twist and the vegetarian Greenhouse Café  to Broadway Avenue. Taylor Made BBQ recently opened its doors on Mandan’s Main Street and serves patrons Texas-style barbecue utilizing North Dakota meats. Long-time favorites continue to thrive and offer travelers unique experiences. Bismarck’s Peacock Alley was established at the end of Prohibition in 1933 and today serves nationally acclaimed plates in the original dining room and bar. The 100-year-old Hotel Donaldson in Fargo reopened as a restaurant and hotel in 2003 and has been serving diners exceptional cuisine ever since. Travel across the state and stop in at local cafes to rub elbows with the locals and learn firsthand about North Dakota’s best-kept travel secrets.
  • What’s summer without a fair? The North Dakota State Fair is a food lover’s paradise with its turkey legs, cheese curds, fry-bread tacos and mini donuts. Enjoy these American classics while listening to live music, enjoying rides and visiting the exhibits.
  • North Dakota is an agricultural state and food festivals are a fantastic way to celebrate summer’s bounty. Taste local flavors, enjoy the summer weather and meet the locals at county fairs.  

For History and Culture Lovers

  • North Dakota has a vastly rich heritage available to travelers without much effort. The State Historical Society preserves and manages 57 historic sites where visitors can learn about North Dakota’s earliest peoples and significant events that shaped modern society. The North Dakota Heritage Center, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park offer visitors hands-on opportunities to learn more about North Dakota’s past.
  • There is a vibrant and ever-growing cultural scene in the state. The fabulous Medora Musical is North Dakota’s most famous show, and there are many other must-see productions. See a local theater production or go to an outdoor music concert this summer. Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park in Bismarck and Frost Fire Summer Theatre near Pembina River Gorge at Walhalla put on shows throughout the summer months. North Dakota’s art museums and galleries are also a great source for cultural enrichment.  

These are just a few suggestions to help plan your summer vacation to North Dakota. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.