North Dakota

United States of America
Fargo featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek
Experience the tranquility of peaceful North Dakota, a land of slow-moving rural charm, classically American wildlife and constantly friendly locals.

North Dakota proudly bears the nickname of the “Peace Garden State,” which perfectly describes the appeal of the region. Embrace the solitude and serenity of a little-seen state that is characterized by wide, open plains where you might see bison and wild horses. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of welcoming cities before heading out into the bucolic, quiet wilderness.

The state has fascinating Native American and pioneering history. Explore an authentic American Indian settlement in Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site to learn about the earliest inhabitants of North Dakota. Follow the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to trace the journey of the explorers heading west.

Stop in the city of Bismarck to enjoy its museums and galleries. The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum is packed with historical exhibits charting the story of the state. Fargo, a city famed for its cinematic role, is the home of the dazzling Plains Art Museum, which displays the work of regional and American Indian artists.

Marvel at the barren beauty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a land where the buffalo roam. These “badlands” consist of eye-catching sandstone formations and windswept scrubland. Hike, bike or ride horses across the Maah Daah Hey Trail, which leads across plateaus, peaks and valleys.

Stroll around the floral wonderland of the International Peace Garden. This 2,300-acre (930-hectare) landscape crosses the border with Canada and is particularly beautiful in spring and summer.

The Missouri River runs through the center of the state. Ride the Lewis and Clark Riverboat for an old-fashioned journey through the heart of North Dakota. Watch for wildlife in the beautiful and remote Cross Ranch State Park.

Seasons in North Dakota are very distinct with long and cold winters leading into pretty springs. Visit in summer for festivals, outdoor musical performances and exciting July 4 celebrations. One of the best ways to explore North Dakota is by car. Drive into the state then coast along roads such as the Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway and the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway.

Popular cities in North Dakota

Fargo featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek
Known for Shopping, Sports and Theaters
This friendly Midwest city has the feel of a fashionable, urban metropolis with art galleries, museums and a historic downtown.
Grand Forks
Grand Forks
Known for Shopping, Universities and Sports
Visit this bustling North Dakota city on the famous Red River that’s known for its fishing, hunting, golfing and butterfly garden.
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly
This North Dakota city, set on the banks of the Missouri River, holds miles of walking trails, a 50-year-old zoo and the tallest building in the state.
Known for Shopping, Family-friendly and Festivals
Visit the Magic City to experience American Scandinavian culture, riverside wildlife and exhilarating ice hockey matches.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park showing landscape views and tranquil scenes
Known for Friendly people, Nature and Natural parks
On the edge of one of the country’s most spectacular national parks, this former pioneer town is an enthralling destination.