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NORTH DAKOTA? SORTED.

Just like the famous Sacagawea-guided explorers, you can discover North Dakota as part of a journey along the northern edge of mainland USA. Offering adventure and stunning scenery, North Dakota holidays are perfect for families looking to discover a true sense of historic, rural America. You can explore the prairies where buffalo once roamed, or enjoy a quieter escape into countryside away from the busy national parks of America’s west coast.

You can hike, bike or horseback-ride through 140 miles of unmistakable North Dakota landscape on the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Call into Theodore Roosevelt National Park to learn the story of the ranch-keeping president and the Badlands that inspired him to make the state his second home. Roam among rare bison at the National Buffalo Museum. Hike seven miles of trails at Fort Abraham Lincoln, beside the reconstructed Custer House and On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village. And immerse yourself in Native American culture at the Knife River Indian Villages.

For a spot of culture, you can admire contemporary and traditional pieces at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, or browse the public art installed around the city as you stop for a hearty local lunch. Visit the Bonanzaville museum complex to see Fargo’s original church, saloon and schoolhouse. Or uncover the state’s journey from prehistory to modern-day at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

Fancy some downtime during your North Dakota holiday? Relax on the waters of Lake Sakakawea, or touch the Canadian border at the International Peace Garden. And make sure you take a Finnish sauna by a Danish windmill at the Scandinavian Heritage Park.

Whether you’re seeking a family holiday or an epic road trip through the USA’s prairies, our Travel Specialists will help you plan every detail. Speak to our team to find out more.

Things to do

Bismarck

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Best time to go

Things to do in North Dakota

Wander the trails of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and discover the prairies among the Badlands, that captured the heart of America’s 26th President. You can uncover the story of South Dakota in the four museums at Bismarck’s North Dakota Heritage Center, which cover everything from prehistory to space exploration.

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Get up close with the mighty beasts which first attracted ranchers to the plains at the National Buffalo Museum, then go back in time at the nearby Frontier Village. You can learn about the lives of the land’s original tribes at Knife River Indian Villages, Three Tribes Museum at Four Bears Bridge, and Lewis and Clark’s Fort Mandan Overlook where the explorers first met their guide, Sacagawea. Go sailing, kayaking or fishing at Lake Sakakawea, the third-largest manmade lake in the USA, and explore the Garrison Dam power plant which created it. Straddle the border with Canada at the International Peace Garden, which spans 2,300 acres over the two countries.

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Bismarck

Fargo might be North Dakota’s biggest city and, thanks to the Coen brothers, its most famous. But the state’s capital city of Bismarck, where the Missouri River meets Route 94, is the perfect base for exploring.

You can immerse yourself in galleries and art shops, riverside restaurants and bars, and a choice of great family attractions. From a to-scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope, to the mesmerising Northern Lights Atrium, North Dakota Heritage Center’s four museum galleries bring a world of discovery to your fingertips. Or you can learn about military and Native American history at Fort Abraham Lincoln, on the banks of the river.

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Elsewhere, you can climb to the 18th-floor observation deck of the State Capitol’s Art Deco ‘skyscraper on the prairie’. Take to the water on a Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruise, meet the animals at Dakota Zoo, or spend a family day on the rides at Sertoma Park.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

From the Wild West to the White House, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s journey from naturalist and cattle rancher to 26th President of the United States is fascinating. And you can uncover it all at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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Explore the park’s Elkhorn Ranch, named after Roosevelt’s own ranch built on the banks of the Little Missouri River at the end of the 19th Century. Gaze across the rolling prairies from Painted Canyon. Discover the Maltese Cross Cabin – the president’s one-time home – in the park’s South Unit. And see Roosevelt’s story played out with dance, music and fireworks on the outdoor stage of the Medora Musical.

If you want to get back to nature, why not take a scenic drive through the Badlands? Or, if you’d prefer to keep active, you can hike, bike or horseback-ride along the the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

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Best time to visit North Dakota

North Dakota is an outdoor state, so summer is by far the best time to visit. July and August temperatures often rise above 25°C. Between June and September the warm days and cool nights make this the perfect season for days of exploration.

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Winters can be harsh with temperatures below freezing. Only the hardiest of visitors head for North Dakota in search of snowmobile adventures and cross-country skiing. The snow begins to thaw in May, and pleasant days can last until the first frosts come in September. So, if you’re keen to avoid the crowds, June and September can be a great times to visit. You’ll have the prairies, Badlands and museums to yourselves. But rains and winds can be unpredictable at this time, so always pack in preparation.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in North Dakota

Wander the trails of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and discover the prairies among the Badlands, that captured the heart of America’s 26th President. You can uncover the story of South Dakota in the four museums at Bismarck’s North Dakota Heritage Center, which cover everything from prehistory to space exploration.

Show More
Show Less

Get up close with the mighty beasts which first attracted ranchers to the plains at the National Buffalo Museum, then go back in time at the nearby Frontier Village. You can learn about the lives of the land’s original tribes at Knife River Indian Villages, Three Tribes Museum at Four Bears Bridge, and Lewis and Clark’s Fort Mandan Overlook where the explorers first met their guide, Sacagawea. Go sailing, kayaking or fishing at Lake Sakakawea, the third-largest manmade lake in the USA, and explore the Garrison Dam power plant which created it. Straddle the border with Canada at the International Peace Garden, which spans 2,300 acres over the two countries.

Show More
Show Less

Bismarck

Bismarck

Fargo might be North Dakota’s biggest city and, thanks to the Coen brothers, its most famous. But the state’s capital city of Bismarck, where the Missouri River meets Route 94, is the perfect base for exploring.

You can immerse yourself in galleries and art shops, riverside restaurants and bars, and a choice of great family attractions. From a to-scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope, to the mesmerising Northern Lights Atrium, North Dakota Heritage Center’s four museum galleries bring a world of discovery to your fingertips. Or you can learn about military and Native American history at Fort Abraham Lincoln, on the banks of the river.

Show More
Show Less

Elsewhere, you can climb to the 18th-floor observation deck of the State Capitol’s Art Deco ‘skyscraper on the prairie’. Take to the water on a Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruise, meet the animals at Dakota Zoo, or spend a family day on the rides at Sertoma Park.

Show More
Show Less

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

From the Wild West to the White House, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s journey from naturalist and cattle rancher to 26th President of the United States is fascinating. And you can uncover it all at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Show More
Show Less

Explore the park’s Elkhorn Ranch, named after Roosevelt’s own ranch built on the banks of the Little Missouri River at the end of the 19th Century. Gaze across the rolling prairies from Painted Canyon. Discover the Maltese Cross Cabin – the president’s one-time home – in the park’s South Unit. And see Roosevelt’s story played out with dance, music and fireworks on the outdoor stage of the Medora Musical.

If you want to get back to nature, why not take a scenic drive through the Badlands? Or, if you’d prefer to keep active, you can hike, bike or horseback-ride along the the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit North Dakota

North Dakota is an outdoor state, so summer is by far the best time to visit. July and August temperatures often rise above 25°C. Between June and September the warm days and cool nights make this the perfect season for days of exploration.

Show More
Show Less

Winters can be harsh with temperatures below freezing. Only the hardiest of visitors head for North Dakota in search of snowmobile adventures and cross-country skiing. The snow begins to thaw in May, and pleasant days can last until the first frosts come in September. So, if you’re keen to avoid the crowds, June and September can be a great times to visit. You’ll have the prairies, Badlands and museums to yourselves. But rains and winds can be unpredictable at this time, so always pack in preparation.

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