By ND Commerce Tourism Division
Warmer weather and longer days have arrived in North Dakota, signaling the time to start planning for summer vacations. The state offers a range of activities and endeavors for travelers, from thrill-seekers to history buffs. A week hiking through Theodore Roosevelt National Park might spark your sense of adventure or maybe an urban Fargo weekend – shopping and eating, naturally – sounds. Whatever your fancy, start planning your North Dakota summer get-away today.
Check out these resources from North Dakota Tourism as you plan:
For the Adventure Seeker
- The rugged and unique splendor of Theodore Roosevelt National Park has captivated travelers through the ages. Bully Pulpit Golf Course, the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the Medora Musical are other highlights in the area not to be missed.
- State parks across North Dakota offer visitors the opportunity to experience natural and historical aspects of the prairie. Parks near Lake Sakakawea, Pembina Gorge, the Missouri River and Devils Lake also serve as a gateway to many a fishing, boating or camping adventure.
- Summer is golfing season in North Dakota and there many options. Plan a golfing get-away at one of the 120 courses available.
For the Foodie
- Fargo is hitting its stride on the restaurant scene and new players pop up all the time. Mezzaluna, Blackbird Woodfire and Vinyl Taco are downtown dinner favorites. Uncorked Wine Bar and Proof Artisan Distillers are local purveyors of wine and spirits, respectively.
- There are few places better suited for the farm-to-table movement than agricultural North Dakota. A range of restaurants across the state are partnering with local farms to bring local food to local tables. Check out farm-to-table eateries in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot that are participating in the effort.
- The North Dakota State Fair is a perennial favorite for turkey legs, cheese curds, fry-bread tacos and mini donuts. Enjoy these American classics while listening to live performances by the likes of Fall Out Boy, Kenny Chesney, Kiss and Jake Owen.
- Food festivals abound with all of North Dakota’s summer bounty! Be one with the locals and sample regional fare at county fairs and events like the Ribs and Bluegrass Festival in Medora or the Rhubarb Festival in Grand Forks.
For the History and Culture Buff
- North Dakota’s rich and fascinating history is easily accessible to travelers of all ages. There are 57 historic sites preserved and maintained by the State Historical Society. The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park offer visitors hands-on opportunities to learn more about North Dakota’s heritage.
- There are nine winery tours in the prairie state of North Dakota. Wine lovers can experience a range of unique varietals in tasting rooms across the state (some visits may require an appointment).
- Visit an art museum, attend a local outdoor theater production or check out live music this summer at a range of indoor or outdoor venues.
These are a few of the opportunities to plan your summer vacation to North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
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