Off The Beaten Path | North Dakota
North Dakota is a state that really brings to light the contrast between the excitement of the city and the wild rugged aural landscape in the United States. North Dakota has some of the most beautiful and wild areas open for exploration at some of state's National Parks. There are recreational opportunities, interesting towns, fascinating museums and more. Here are a few of the state's great destinations.
International Peace Garden
The International Peace Garden is a beautiful destination in North Dakota. This garden celebrates world peace and is divided between Canada and the United States. Visitors to the International Peace Garden can enjoy the beautiful grounds, Interpretive Center and Conservatory throughout the year.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
This historic site is a reconstructed earthlodge. Visitors to this site can learn all about Hidatsa Indian life as well as the history of the area. This site allows visitors to North Dakota to see the many daily activities of the Plains Indians in the area.
The lake is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the country. It was created when Garrison Dam was finished. Today it is a great destination for recreation in North Dakota. Lake Sakakawea is excellent for scuba diving, boating, and much more. In addition, visitors can take a tour of the power plant at Garrison Dam.
Maah Daah Hey Trail
Mountain biking enthusiasts visiting North Dakota should be sure to explore at least part of the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The trail stretches for over 90 miles between the North and South Units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This trail presents a fabulous opportunity for cyclists to explore the Badlands and much more.
The historic town of Medora is a great North Dakota community to visit. There are many historic sites in and around Medora. Medora is also a gateway to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It has an amazing location on the Little Missouri River, with nearby prairie and many varieties of wildlife. Visitors to Medora can also stop in the town for the Medora Musical, which is all about Theodore Roosevelt as a cowboy.
National Buffalo Museum
One of the great icons of North America is the American bison. The National Buffalo Museum has a live herd of bison. This herd of bison even has an albino bison. Visitors to the museum can also explore the exhibits of art and Plains Indian artifacts.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is divided into two units, a northern unit and a southern unit. Between the two sections, this park gives visitors the opportunity to experience the Badlands, painted canyons and more. The hiking trails allow visitors to see some of the countries natural wonders and amazing wildlife.