The Ultimate North Dakota Travel Guide

The Ultimate North Dakota Travel Guide

North Dakota Travel Guide

North Dakota: Pristine and serene nature are the only words I would use to describe North Dakota. If you’re a nature lover like me, I am sure North Dakota is a paradise for you. The vast wilderness, lush green rugged terrain, and the tranquility are just unparalleled. Here is my North Dakota travel guide outlining the major attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my North Dakota travel guide in two sections. (1) A brief introduction to North Dakota, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major North Dakota attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section North Dakota Attractions.

History: The territory, today called North Dakota, was added to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. North and South Dakota were one territory until 1889 when it came to statehood; there was an intense rivalry between North and South Dakota over which state would be admitted to the union first. President Benjamin Harrison selected the admittance of the states in the union at random; North Dakota is traditionally listed first, incorporated to the union on November 2, 1889. South and North Dakota were named after the Dakota tribe, Sioux tribe, who lived in the region; Dakota is a Sioux word for “friends” or “allies.” The state’s nickname, The Peace Garden State, commemorates the International Peace Garden on North Dakota’s border with Manitoba, Canada. The International Peace Garden was dedicated on July 14, 1932. It’s a must-see in North Dakota, and you will find more details in the subsequent section of my North Dakota travel guide.

Geography: Canada borders North Dakota on the north and South Dakota on the south. On the east, North Dakota is bordered by Minnesota, and on the west, North Dakota is bordered by Montana. 

Getting There

Flight: Minot International Airport (MOT), Hector International Airport (FAR), and Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS) are the major airports in North Dakota.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could drive to North Dakota.

Train: Amtrak offers a rail service called Empire Builder connecting – Chicago, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Spokane and Portland/Seattle, stopping at – Grand Forks, ND (GFK); Devils Lake, ND (DVL); Rugby, ND (RUG); Minot, ND (MOT); Stanley, ND (STN) and Williston, ND (WTN).

North Dakota Know Before You Go

Climate: Summers in North Dakota are warm, with average high temperatures between 77°F – 87°F. Winters are cold, with snow in most of the region, temperatures remain in the range of 40°F – 60°F. Spring and autumn are relatively mild and are the best time to visit North Dakota.

Time zone: Mountain Daylight Time UTC-6, Central Daylight Time UTC-5

Getting around: I recommend renting a car, but there are some regional bus services – Bakken Regina Shuttle, CAT-Capital Area Transit, Dickinson Shuttle Service, and Fargo City Bus.

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Best Places To Visit in North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park | North Dakota Travel Guide

The park was named after US President Theodore Roosevelt, covering a massive area of land, divided into three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit that preserves the site of Roosevelt’s “home ranch.”  North Unit highlights – Sperati Point, River Bend Overlook, and Little Mo Nature Trail. South Unit highlights – Buck Hill, Petrified Forest Trail, Wind Canyon Trail, Painted Canyon Nature Trail, and Maltese Cross Cabin.

Address: 201 East River Road North, Medora, ND 58645 (South Unit), Entrance Fee: Adult: $8, Children (5-14): $6, find more details here.

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International Peace Garden

International Peace Garden | North Dakota Travel Guide

The garden lies on the border between the United States and Canada. It was constructed in 1932 as a monument signifying the peaceful relationship between the two nations. There are four concrete towers in the garden, with two in each country, with a chapel at the base. The park is also home to several fountains, chimes, and some parts of the World Trade Center from the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Address: 10939 US-281, Dunseith, ND 58329, Entrance Fee: Pedestrian Pass – $15, Day Pass (applies to car or motorcycle) – $20, find more details here

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National Buffalo Museum

National Buffalo Museum | North Dakota Travel Guide

It’s told that once upon a time, it was only buffalos that roamed this land. Perhaps, they were so many in numbers that the entire area appeared to be black. The National Buffalo Museum preserves the legend, heritage, and the history of this animal. The museum is home to several exhibits, an educational exhibition, and a live buffalo herd that is kept here, including the famous albino buffalo known as White Cloud.

Address: 500 17th St SE, Jamestown, ND 58401, Entrance Fee: Per non-commercial vehicle $30 May- October; $20 rest of the year

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I hope you enjoyed reading the post, The Ultimate North Dakota Travel Guide, and I wish it inspires you to plan and execute your trip to North Dakota! If you love nature, North Dakota is a must-see!

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