Plan Your Fall Getaway in North Dakota

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Autumn in North Dakota is centered in the outdoors, from angling on a quiet lake to hitching a hayride or tailgating at a football game. Convene at a coveted spot with family and friends to take in September’s delightful sights and smells. Whether you crave the solitude of the countryside or the energy of community this September, there is something for you in North Dakota.

Drum up your favorite people for a weekend of North Dakota fun. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a sure bet for a good time and September is an ideal time to visit. The park is the perfect backdrop for the changing season as leaves amber and wildlife prepares for winter. Rent a kayak or canoe and enjoy fall’s foliage from a new perspective – one of North Dakota’s many lakes or rivers. In need of a “man-cation?” Fishing is a year-round sport in North Dakota, so rejoice in autumn’s cooler weather while angling a day away with your mates. Alternatively, Medora is home to the spectacular Bully Pulpit Golf Course, as well as several nice hotels and taverns.

For an urban experience, enjoy an Oktoberfest celebration replete with lederhosen, beer steins and accordions or soak up the dazzling sounds and sights of a powwow. A variety of fall festivals across North Dakota offer visitors the chance to get their fill of apple pies and hayrides, as well as some exquisite one-of-a-kind art pieces and delectable eats. Minot’s Hostfest – North America’s largest Scandinavian festival – has been providing “pure Scandimonium” for more than 40 years. This year, the Doobie Brothers, Amy Grant and The Little River Band perform live at Hostfest.

For many Americans, September is synonymous with football; it’s a sentiment widely shared in North Dakota. Show your spirit by donning team colors and tailgating with fellow fans for a pregame celebration. Bars and restaurants across the state happily accommodate fans during football season, as do stadium parking lots. Cheer on NCAA Division I FCS national championship contender North Dakota State University during its homecoming event. The second-ranked NDSU Bison are the only college football program to ever win five consecutive national championships. Travel to Grand Forks for the 52nd annual Potato Bowl where the 10th-ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks play host to Missouri State. Check out the schedules of Bismarck’s University of Mary or Minot State, both of which play in the NCAA II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. And not to be over-looked are a range of sporting events occurring at the NAIA, junior college and high school levels.

These are just a few of the activities available in September in North Dakota. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.