North Dakota’s tourism options abundant despite Federal Government shutdown

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Bismarck, N.D. – North Dakota has many tourism attractions and destinations open, despite closings due to the federal government shutdown. North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman assures residents and out-of-state travelers that there are many things to see and do, and many tourism attractions and destinations continue to welcome travelers.

“We want visitors to know a vast majority of North Dakota’s attractions and activities are open, and the state still provides the legendary experiences we’re known for,” Otte Coleman said. “We encourage visitors to continue including North Dakota in their travel plans. While the Federal Government shutdown has impacted some sites, this is a great time to discover new attractions and destinations like our state parks, city experiences and museums.”

Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the following national park and sites in North Dakota are temporarily closed: Theodore Roosevelt National Park; Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, near Stanton; Fort Union National Historic Site, near Williston; Sheyenne National Grassland, near Lisbon; Little Missouri National Grassland, near Belfield; Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge; Audubon National Wildlife Refuge; Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge; Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge; J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge; Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge; Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge; Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge; Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge; Sullys Hill National Game Preserve; Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge; and Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge.

The Federal Government shutdown has not impacted the border crossings along the U.S. and Canada border. Therefore, visitors are able to travel between the U.S. and Canada.

Check out North Dakota’s fun things to see and do

North Dakota has a lot of fun things to see and do. Plus, fall is a great time to check out the abundance of events, attractions and destinations statewide. Here’s just a handful of things to consider:

  • Cultural and harvest-related festivals: Communities across North Dakota celebrate fall with a variety of festivals, ranging from small community-wide events to large draws like the Norsk Høstfest, currently under way.
  • Fall foliage and scenic drives along North Dakota’s scenic byways and backways
  • North Dakota’s state parks offer camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and birding
  • Art galleries and museums like Plains Art Museum, North Dakota Museum of Art or Bismarck Arts and Galleries Association
  • Downtown city experiences in North Dakota’s major cities
  • North Dakota State historical sites like Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site and Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center
  • Zoos
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Tailgating at college football games

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