6 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in North Dakota
1 Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of the main highlights of any trip to North Dakota. The landscape of rolling hills, winding river, and badlands is complemented by free roaming bison. Visitors can hike, camp, or simply drive through the park to appreciate the natural beauty.
2 Frontier Village and the National Buffalo Museum
The world's largest, albeit concrete, bison can be seen from afar at the Bison Monument and Frontier Village at the I 94, by Jamestown between Bismarck and Fargo. Its living contemporaries graze at its feet, amongst them are rare albino bison. On site is the National Buffalo Museum where visitors can learn everything about the great beasts that once roamed the Great West. Frontier Village also includes a collection of old pioneer buildings with a barbershop, a church, a drugstore, a jailhouse, schoolhouse, a post office, and many more.
3 Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Near Stanton, on an old camping ground of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians, is the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. A number of villages of the Prairie Indians have been rebuilt here in an attempt to preserve their culture. Games, food preparation, ceremonies, and trade bring the village to life. The surrounding area is also very scenic with a variety of wildlife.
4 North Dakota Heritage Center
The North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck offers an overview of the history of North Dakota from prehistoric to modern times. The center has recently undergone major renovations and expansion, leading to a greatly expanded museum space opening in 2014.
Address: 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck
5 Plains Art Museum
The Plains Art Museum in Fargo is home to an impressive collection of works, with pieces by regional and national artists. Contemporary art, as well as traditional American Indian art and traditional folk art feature prominently in the permanent collection. The museum presents changing exhibitions throughout the year.
Address: 704 First Avenue North, Fargo
6 Scandinavian Heritage Park
The Scandinavian Heritage Park located in Minot offers a unique look at aspects of Scandinavian culture, which includes the countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Of particular note is the the replica of the Gol Stave Church, and an 18th century home transported from Sigdal, Norway. There is also a replica of an authentic Finnish sauna.
Address: 1020 South Broadway, Minot