All Other Destinations and Attractions in North Dakota
Rugby, North Dakota
Rugby is a small community with a number of local area attractions. In the summer the town draws fishermen and in winter, snowmobilers. In addition to the outdoor activities Rugby also offers great shopping, interesting museums, historical sites and monuments. One of the highlights of the town is the Prairie Village Museum; a huge complex with all kinds of displays related to the town's history.
Geographical Center Museum and Prairie Village Museum
A visit to the Geographical Center Museum and Prairie Village Museum in Rugby is like stepping back in time. Here visitors are treated to a recreated village from the 19th Century. The village is amazingly complete with over 30 buildings including a barbershop, saloon, general store, and bank building. The Geographical Center Museum and Prairie Village Museum has been in operation since 1964.
Mandan, North Dakota
The town of Mandan is located on the Missouri River near Bismarck. In addition to the pleasant downtown area, Mandan also has a number of historical attractions. Some of the highlights in town include the North Dakota State Railroad Museum, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, and the Fort Lincoln Trolley.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
For those craving a little bit of nature, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is just the place. Just outside Mandan, visitors will find a restored military fort and the "On a Slant" Indian Village. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department operate Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Also on site is a campground located near the Missouri River. Walking, hiking, and biking trails are also available directly from the campground.
Address: 4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan, ND 58554, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Oct 2: 9am-5pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $6.00, Students $4.00
Custer House-Cavalry Square
The Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in Mandan is a reconstruction of General George Custer's last cavalry post. On display at the Custer House are exhibits on the Mandan Indians, Lewis and Clark, and other items related to local history.
North Dakota State Railroad
The North Dakota State Railroad Museum in Mandan is a must see for all railway enthusiasts. Here visitors will find a remarkable collection of rolling stock. These include a 16-ton BN Yard Mule; a Soo Lines Caboose built in 1913, along with 9 others. Also of note is the unique display of HO model "hopper cars". The museum also boasts of having timetables from every railroad in the USA along with an extensive collection of photographs.
Fort Lincoln Trolley
The Fort Lincoln Trolley provides transportation service from 3rd street in Mandan to historic Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park during the summer months. This is an open trolley designed mainly for tourists. The trip is approximately a half hour each way with scenic views of the Heart River.
Kenmare, North Dakota
Kenmare proudly describes itself as the "Goose Capital of North Dakota". This little town has a number of attractions to entertain visitors. Some of the highlights include the downtown historic district with the old Danish Mill and the White Buffalo Soda Fountain. Try stepping back in time at the Lake County Pioneer Village & Museum, or get back to nature at the Des Lac National Wildlife Refuge and the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge.
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge located near Kenmare is a nature lovers paradise. Here visitors will find over 19,500 acres of natural areas stretching from the Canadian Border to near Kenmare. The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge follows the river of the same name and was named one of the USA's globally important bird areas. Some of the bird species frequently spotted are the Western Grebe, American White Pelican, and Canada Geese.
The Pioneer Village, located in Kenmare, makes for a great educational outing. Here visitors of all ages will experience life in North Dakota in the 19th Century. Costumed interpreters demonstrate the crafts of the past and can answer just about any question you may have. The village has a multitude of restored buildings and of particular note is the recently renovated Dress Shop where vintage clothing is on display.
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge
The Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is one of the United States' top 500 globally important Bird Areas. Located not far from Kenmare, the refuge is a birder's paradise with a large number and variety of permanent and migrating birds. The Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife service. For those not overly active, an auto tour of the refuge makes for a pleasant outing.
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devil's Lake is the largest natural lake in North Dakota is where the town of Devil's Lake got its name. This is a mid size town and a popular area with fishermen and hunters. Some of the biggest annual events are fishing tournaments. Devil's Lake is well equipped with tourist amenities.
Sully's Hill National Game Preserve
Sully's Hill National Game Preserve located near Devils Lake is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Spread over 1,674 acres, the game preserve is home to Rocky Mountain Elk, Bison, White Tailed Deer, and the ever popular prairie dogs. Sully's Hill National Game Preserve was named after General Alfred Sully who was supposed to meet a cavalry troop from Indiana but never showed up. Recreation opportunities abound and include hiking, cross country skiing, and waterfowl observation. A four-mile auto tour is available for those less inclined to physical activity.
Fort Totten State Historic Site
Fort Totten State Historic Site, located in Devils Lake, was originally constructed in 1867. The site has been used for a variety of purposes over the years and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Fort Totten State Historic Site is considered the best-preserved military post of the Dakota Frontier era. The site consists of 17 original buildings, a visitor's center and the Pioneer Daughters' Museum.
Dunn Center, North Dakota
Dunn Center is a very small community in Dunn County. The main attractions in the Dunn Center area are the Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge and the Dunn County Museum.
Dunn County Museum
The Dunn County Museum located in Dunn Center is a treasure trove of over 100 years of history of the surrounding region. Interesting life-size displays depicting what life was like in a bygone era will delight visitors. The museum features two 5,000 square foot buildings chock full of items including antique farm machinery, cowboy artifacts, and Knife River flint. The museum is located four blocks north and one block west from Highway 200 and is well signposted.
Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge near Dunn Center is an important area for nesting waterfowl. The area is managed to provide the best conditions the wildlife species that inhabit the area. The Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for wildlife observation including bird watching, as well as fishing.An interpretive trail allows visitors to walk through the Refuge and learn more about the area.
Cavalier, North Dakota
Cavalier is located in northeastern North Dakota along the Tongue River. This small town promotes a range of outdoor activities throughout the year from boating and biking to snowmobiling and skiing. Some of the cultural attractions in Cavalier include the Pioneer Heritage Center and the Gunlogson Homestead and Nature Preserve both located in Icelandic State Park.
Gunlogson Homestead and Nature Preserve
Gunlogson Homestead and Nature Preserve is part of Icelandic State Park. The Gunlogson Homestead is noteworthy for being one of the first Icelandic settlements in North Dakota. There are a number of historic buildings here, along with displays from the late 19th to late 20th Century. The Gunlogson State Nature Preserve covers 200 acres of forested area. Visitors can enjoy biking, swimming, fishing, camping, and more.
Pioneer Heritage Center
The Pioneer Heritage Center, located near Cavalier, provides visitors with an insight into life in a bygone era. Restored buildings and costumed interpreters practice crafts and portray the typical lives if a settler during the late 19th, early 20th Century. Various items from early settler days are on display and an interesting and educational display is housed in the main building.
Chahinkapa Park, Wahpeton, North Dakota
This lovely park located in Wahpeton has an unusual name, but don't let that dissuade you from a visit. Chahinkapa Park is a wonderful place to stroll, have a picnic, or just people watch. Managed by the Wahpeton Parks and Recreation department, the park is a fine centerpiece for this town of just over 3000 residents. On your way to the park, be sure to check out Wahpper, the world's largest catfish!
Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton features animals from around the world. The zoo prides itself on the beautiful habitats it provides for its residents, making it a lovely place to visit. The animal collection is not huge at the Chahinkapa Zoo but does include over 200 animals including a petting area with farm animals.
Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Joachim Regional Museum, Pioneer Machinery Museum and Prairie Outpost Park, Dickinson, North Dakota
The Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Joachim Regional Museum, Pioneer Machinery Museum and Prairie Outpost Park are all located at the Dickinson Museum Center. Located just off of Interstate 94 at exit 61 the museum is easy to find. Attractions at each of the centers range from art to pioneer artifacts to interesting fossils.The Dakota Dinosaur Museum exhibit represents the full time-continuum of dinosaurs with real skeletons excavated from the area, one of the world's finest real Triceratops skulls, skeletal casts and dinosaur sculptures. This first class museum has a mineral collection from locations all over the world. Other exhibits include fluorescent minerals, mammals, fossils and seashells.
Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander, North Dakota
The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum is located in Alexander on highway 85/200. The museum's location is of particular note as it was here that the great duo's route passed during the Corps of Discovery's 1st leg. The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum provides extensive information on Lewis and Clark and also features information on the early homesteaders of North Dakota. One display stands out in particular, a scale model of Fort Mandan, where Lewis & Clark stayed during the winter of 1804/05. To see the real fort, be sure to visit Washburn.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Stanton, North Dakota
To the south of Lake Sakakawea, on an old camping ground of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians, is the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, where a number of villages of the Prairie Indians have been rebuilt in an attempt to preserve their culture. Games, food preparation, ceremonies, and trade bring the village to life.The area around the village is also very scenic with a variety of wildlife.
Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, Abercrombie, North Dakota
Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site is a great place to visit if you are looking to brush up on your North Dakota history. Located just outside Abercrombie, Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site is a restored military fort from the mid 19th Century. Here visitors can wander the extensive grounds and read the informative historical plaques. The Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site is free but a fee is charged to enter the modern museum.
Bottineau, North Dakota
Bottineau, in the far north of the state on the Canadian frontier, is the chief place in an extensive nature reserve and recreation area made up of the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge (fishing, observation of wild life), Lake Metigoshe State Park (bathing, boating), the Bottineau Winter Park Ski Area and the International Peace Gardens, a landscaped park symbolizing the friendship between Canada and the United States that extends into the Canadian province of Manitoba.
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman, North Dakota
The Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, located in Bowman, is the resource for all manners of history within a 160 km / 100 mi radius of Bowman. The museum has an extensive collection of photographs and a varied assortment of artifacts. A trip to the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum can be combined with a visit to the Fort Dilts Historic sites due to their proximity. A gift shop is on the premises for those wishing to take home a memento.
Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Ransom, North Dakota
Fort Ransom State Park is located 2 miles from the town of the same name. The park is spread over 887 acres and has a multitude of outdoor activities to keep the nature lover happy. Thirty campsites are available for those wishing to stay overnight to take advantage of the parks hiking, biking, horseback riding, and canoeing opportunities. The park also has a visitors center featuring interesting displays and helpful park staff.
Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Fort Yates, North Dakota
The Standing Rock Indian Reservation containing the town of Fort Yates is the home of the original burial ground of Sitting Bull. Marked by a boulder and plaque the site is down a dusty side road two miles west of highway 1806. Also of note on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is the rock that gives the place its name. In the correct lighting conditions, this unique rock is said to resemble a seated woman wearing a shawl.
Dakota Buttes Museum, Hettinger, North Dakota
The Dakota Buttes Museum, located in the pleasant town of Hettinger, showcases various items from the days of the homesteaders. Of particular note is the antique threshing machine that has been exquisitely refurbished. Also of interest are the lovingly restored antique automobiles from the early part of the 20th Century. Those afraid of the dentist will want to be sure to take a pass on the display of early dental equipment!
Kulm - Whitestone Battlefield State Historic Site
History buffs will want to be sure to make the 37 km/ 23 mi trek southeast of Kulm to visit Whitestone Battlefield State Historic Site. It was here in 1863 that one of the fiercest battles between Indians and white soldiers took place. Today visitors will find a small museum near the battlefield and various plaques and markers dedicated to both the fallen Indians and white soldiers. If you fancy a picnic and a game of horseshoes, both are available at the site.
Little Missouri National Grassland
Little Missouri National Grassland covers a large expanse of land that includes grassland and badlands. Contained within the National Grassland is Theodore Roosevelt National Park, one of North Dakotas most popular attractions. The Little Missouri National Grasslands are habitat for a wide range of wildlife, including elk, coyotes, deer, big horn sheep, prairie dogs, and more. Visitors can do a driving tour through the area or try some of the hiking trails.
Bagg Bonanza Farm, Mooreton, North Dakota
The Bagg Bonanza Farm was owned by F.A. Bagg which he began in the early 20th Century. The property is now operated by the Bagg Bonanza Farm Historic Preservation Society. The Bagg Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the State Historic Sites Registry. Restoration of the 15 acre farm began in the early 1990s and is on going with the intention of once again beginning agricultural production.
Paul Broste Rock Museum, Parshall, North Dakota
The Paul Broste Rock Museum located in Parshall is home to a wild variety of interesting rocks. Housed in a very sturdy stone building, an attraction in itself, visitors will find rare and priceless stones that Paul Broste collected starting in 1920. The museum first opened in 1965 and was nicknamed the "Acropolis on the Hill" due to its unusual design. Of particular note are the fluoride crystals apparently found nowhere else on earth.
Sheyenne National Grassland
Sheyenne National Grassland is, as the name suggests, a grassland area that provides habitat for a range of birds, animals, and insects. Sheyenne National Grassland is particularly noteworthy for the large population of greater prairie chicken it supports. Also of interest are some rare and threatened plant life found in and around the grasslands. Visitors to the area can enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, horseback riding, and bird watching.
Valley City National Fish Hatchery, Valley City, North Dakota
The Valley City National Fish Hatchery near the city of the same name makes for a fun afternoon outing. Here visitors will see millions of fingerlings and learn all about the fish hatching process. The Valley City National Fish Hatchery is one of only two fish hatcheries in North Dakota. The facility has 13 rearing ponds spread totaling 25.8 acres. The US Fish and Wildlife Service operates the Valley City National Fish Hatchery and visitors are always welcome.
The Badlands, a barren landscape formed by wind and weather, are situated in western North Dakota, and bison still live here.The Badlands are actually beautiful scenic areas with a range of colors in the rolling landscape. One area where the badlands are easily accessible is in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where visitors can drive through the Badlands.
Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, Belcourt, North Dakota
The Turtle Mountain Indian Reserve features an Indian Heritage Center. Located near Belcourt, the center provides an interesting glimpse into the ancient world of the Chippewa Indians. On display are a variety of interesting items ranging from sculptures to three dioramas featuring the transition of the Chippewa from the woodlands to the plains. Of particular note is a recreated Red River cart.
Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Beulah, North Dakota
The Great Plains Synfuels Plant located just off highway 200 near Beulah is one of North Dakota's key energy producers. Here natural gas is removed from the ground and shipped 54 km / 34 mi south to four major pipelines. The Great Plains Synfuels Plant produces over 54 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas each year and has done so since 1984.
Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, Cayuga, North Dakota
Located near Cayuga, the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for birding enthusiasts. Located in southeastern portion of the state, the refuge is home to a wide variety of migrating and nesting birds. The refuge also draws anglers for shore fishing on both Lake Tewaukon and Sprague Lake. The Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1945 and covers over 8300 acres.
International Peace Garden, Dunseith, North Dakota
The International Peace Garden at Dunseith is dedicated to the peaceful cooperation of close neighbors and allies. Spread over 2339 acres, visitors will find a quiet spot with wonderful floral displays. Over 150,000 flowers create a feast for the senses. The International Peace Garden was first dedicated in 1932. The site also has an RV site and two restaurants.
Buffalo Trails Museum, Epping, North Dakota
The Buffalo Trails Museum located in Epping provides a look back in time to the 19th Century. Spread throughout seven buildings visitors will find interpretive displays of life in a bygone era. Also on display are interesting fossils from the nearby area and memorabilia from the times. Of particular note is the homesteader's shack. The museum is easily located as it is on the main street of town.
Enchanted Highway, Gladstone, North Dakota
The Enchanted Highway has folk art sculptures located every few miles southbound from Interstate 94, east of Dickinson. The metal sculptures include a robot family, grasshoppers, pheasants, geese, deer and a silhouette of Theodore Roosevelt.The World's Largest Metal Sculptures that line the Enchanted Highway were produced by artist Gary Greff from 1991 to 2002.
Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Moffit, North Dakota
Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge located near Moffit is a birders paradise. Wildbird Magazine has listed the refuge as one of the top 10 birding sites in the United States. The Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists primarily of an alkaline lake that is 3.2 km/3m wide and 25.5 km/16m long. The refuge is also considered a Globally Important Bird Area and a Western Shorebird Reserve Network site.
Ludwig Welk Farmstead: Home of Lawrence Welk, Strasburg, North Dakota
The Ludwig Welk Farmstead: Home of Lawrence Welk, located in Strasburg, is dedicated to the man who led his famous orchestra and entertained many over the years. The homestead features a clapboard home filled with memorabilia related to the man himself along with his parents. Visitors can stroll through the house and grounds which include a number of outbuildings.
Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site, Walhalla, North Dakota
Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site highlights the life and times of Antoine Blanc Gingras, Metis businessman and legislator. Located just outside of Walhalla, this small, perfectly preserved trading post is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The buildings were built in 1840 and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo, North Dakota
Bonanzaville USA features a recreated historic town with a combination of reconstructed and historic building representing the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Among the collection is an old town hall, courthouse, creamery, school, drug store, and more. Visitors can wander through Bonanzaville to get a glimpse into some of North Dakota's heritage.
Dale and Martha Hawk Museum, Wolford, North Dakota
The Dale and Martha Hawk Museum in Wolford showcases the equipment of the 19th Century. Visitors will find a collection of buildings including an old church and Martha's Kitchen, a covered patio area with seating. Of particular note are the displays of "Old Iron" steam engines and automobiles from the early 20th Century. Camping is available for motor homes and tents.
Lake Sakakawea, Garrison, North Dakota
North-west of Bismarck the Missouri widens to form Lake Sakakawea, a long lake well stocked with fish which is harnessed to supply power by the Garrison Dam at the south end. The State Park round the lake offers scope for a variety of leisure activities.
Dory's Antique Car Museum, Marmarth, North Dakota
Dory's Antique Car Museum hosts a number of vintage vehicles, and auto-related displays such as license plates from 1916 to present, old gas station signs, die-cast toys and a 1920s Buddy L Toys collection.The owner, J.D. VanHorn, restores the vehicles himself and provides guided tours of the museum.
Heart Butte Dam, Elgin, North Dakota
Heart Butte Dam is an earthfill dam located along the Heart Butte River and is responsible for the creation of the Heart Butte Reservoir. The area is popular in the summer for camping, boating, and fishing.
Lake LaMoure, LaMoure, North Dakota
Lake LaMoure is a popular summer destination. Visitors come here to "play on the lake". Boating, fishing, and camping on the shores of Lake LaMoure are all part of the attraction.
Toy Farmer Museum
The Toy Farmer Museum near LaMoure is located in an early 20th Century barn. The museum displays all kinds of miniature farm equipment and also contains a gift and souvenir shop. The Toy Farm Museum makes a unique stop while visiting this area.
Address: 7496 106th Avenue SE, LaMoure, ND 58458-9404, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Sep 30: 10am-6pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Sat: 12pm-5pm
Oct 1 to Apr 30: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Sat: 12pm-5pm
Oct 1 to Apr 30: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Sat: 12pm-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery, Riverdale, North Dakota
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery lies on the Missouri River below Lake Sakakawea. Fish produced here are used to stock the reservoir which is a popular fishing area.
Pioneer Museum, Watford City, North Dakota
The Pioneer Museum in Watford City offers insight into the life and times of the pioneers. Displays from the late 19th and early 20th Century offer a glimpse into life in North Dakota during this time period.