It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

We’ve all heard that, and in North Dakota, both are equally enticing! While the journey to one of our many events and activities can be spectacular, the colorful crops reach their peak before harvest, the reason for the trip is just as fun.

Take, for instance, the North Dakota Chokecherry Festival August 9-10 in Williston. Getting there will be half the fun as travelers will pass through golden fields of wheat, green stalks of corn, purple flax and bright yellow sunflowers.

Those seeking both serenity and a bit of Metis music can experience the peaceful Turtle Mountains at KeplinFest music festival August 2-3 outside of Belcourt or the weeklong CaNDak Bicycle Tour starting August 3 in Bottineau.

Speaking of biking, a trip to the Maah Daah Hey Race Series August 3 in Watford City features the Badlands in all their splendor. The Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Race in Jamestown on August 18 isn’t run near the World’s Largest Buffalo, but you might see it from the trail.

Substitute eight wheels for two and you’re set for Grand Forks’ Rollin’ on the River inline skating marathon on August 24. The course is – of course – flat as it’s in the heart of America’s breadbasket – the Red River Valley.

Would someone like some barbecue to go with that bread? Swap biking gear for a bib and Watford’s Best of the West Ribfest on August 9 will feed your craving for travel, country music and barbecue.

It’s food you crave? Take a ride up or down the highways along the Missouri River to Bismarck and the Buckstop Junction Corn Feed or Mandan’s Wild West Grill Fest  – or both – on August 17.