Outdoor adventurists look to get outdoors

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Longer days and warmer temperatures are on the way, making weekends perfect for outdoor activities and getaways. Abundant opportunities for hiking, biking and kayaking beckon outdoor adventurists. So get busy planning your North Dakota summer adventure.

The splendor of America’s national parks never gets old. In fact, according to the National Park Service, America’s national parks witnessed record-breaking visitation in 2016 and interest has remained high. Experience the rugged majesty of North Dakota’s own Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which has captivated visitors for 40 years. Spend a day crisscrossing one of the park’s many trails for exceptional vantage points of the awe-inspiring Badlands. Follow the paved scenic drives in the north or south units for views of prairie dogs, bison and wild horses. Don’t miss beloved attractions near the park, like Bully Pulpit Golf Course, the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the Medora Musical. http://www.ndtourism.com/content/theodore-roosevelt-national-park

A range of fishing, camping and boating adventures are easily accessible via North Dakota’s state parks. Visitors enjoy the natural and historical aspects of life on the prairie at parks near Lake Sakakawea, Pembina Gorge, the Missouri River or Devils Lake. Check park listings for fun, family-friendly and educational events occurring throughout the summer. http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/

With more golf courses per capita than any other state, North Dakota is the perfect destination for your golf getaway. Craggy landscapes and lovely summer weather provide an ideal backdrop to a day on the golf course with family and friends. http://www.ndtourism.com/golf

According to a recent report by Living Outdoors, paddle sports are one of the fastest growing outdoor activities at a rate of 26% per year. North Dakota’s quiet and nature-rich waterways provide perfect options to get out and try it this summer. Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard at one of these legendary outfitters. http://www.ndtourism.com/articles/paddle-north-dakotas-rivers-and-lakes