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Lower Gas Prices to Help North Dakota Travel Soar this Memorial Day Weekend
Post Date: May 15 2015

By ND Commerce Tourism Division
According to AAA, motorists traveling in North Dakota this Memorial Day weekend will likely pay the lowest gas prices in six years. This bodes well for the state’s travel industry, as a majority of visitors arrive by car. Nationally, weekend holiday travel volume in 2015 is expected be the highest it has been in 10 years.

While the state’s most popular destination, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, will no doubt draw thousands of eager visitors, a number of other new and unique attractions should also see an increase in visitation.

“We are excited for the summer travel season to really kick off with Memorial Day weekend,” North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “It is the first major travel weekend of the summer and with gas prices as friendly as they are to travelers, we are expecting to have a great turnout, especially with some of the exciting new and one-time options North Dakota has going on this year.”

2015 Vietnam Memorial Exhibit at Fargo Air Museum – through June 1
This emotionally poignant collection has been largely unseen for the last 35 years and the Fargo Air Museum is proud to be its temporary home, particularly over Memorial Day. This exhibit includes Era-specific aircraft, military vehicles and memorabilia displays, including a rarely seen art exhibition from artist, author, teacher and 101st Airborne Division Vietnam veteran Jim Fletcher.

50th Anniversary of State Parks
There are 13 unique and exciting state parks across North Dakota, all celebrating the 50th anniversary of North Dakota Parks and Recreation this summer. Visitors can choose from fun on lakes, camping in tipis or yurts, hiking trails or enjoying some of the best birding in North America. The state’s oldest park, Fort Abraham Lincoln in Mandan, will host its official anniversary celebration on Monday, May 25. Learn more

State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck
Fully-opened in November of last year, the 2015 travel season marks the first major opportunity for the museum to show off its impressive exhibits to out-of-towners. The museum features four new galleries, including impressive fossil displays and a history of the people and innovation that have come from the region. Visitation has doubled as a result of the new gallery space and exhibits hosting 200,000 in less than a year. Learn more

North Dakota’s fishing season never closes, meaning you have unlimited access to two of the best fishing lakes in the country. Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea are both known for outstanding walleye fishing, but anglers can also catch northern pike, sauger, salmon, smallmouth bass, perch and white bass. Learn more

For more information about events throughout Memorial Day weekend and North Dakota Tourism, visit: www.ndtourism.com or call 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 
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