When planning your family vacation, North Dakota is probably not one of first travel destinations to come to mind. You might be surprised, however, to find out how much family fun this “Legendary” state has to offer. Here are four reasons to make North Dakota your family vacation destination.
If it’s the adventure of a lifetime you’re looking for, North Dakota will not disappoint. The western part of the state is home to the rugged Badlands and provides ample opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and more. If you are the thrill-seeking type, skydiving is offered near the Minot Air Force Base. For a unique entertainment experience, there’s the “Medora Musical,” a live show performed in an amphitheater located in the heart of the Badlands.
In the central part of the state, The Bismarck Event Center hosts a variety of concerts, sporting events, and Broadway musicals throughout the year. Near the Red River in the east, the historic Fargo Theatre features movies, plays, and a variety of live events.
Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts – Four Reasons to Make North Dakota Your Family Vacation Destination
Be one with nature as you explore the great state of North Dakota. Known as the “Peace Garden State,” the expansive prairie is home to a variety of wild flowers and plants. Many of them can be seen at the International Peace Garden. Located in the northern part of the state near Dunseith on U.S. Highway 281, this symbol of peace crosses the border into Canada.
Many parts of the state, including the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, are home to wild game such as buffalo, antelope, elk, coyotes, and the prairie dog. With an abundance of lakes and rivers, the state also provides plenty of places for fishing and boating.
Haven for History Buffs
History buffs will love learning about the rich history the state has to offer. Learn all about the historic Lewis and Clark expedition at the Interpretive Center near the Missouri River in Washburn. The center has recently reconstructed Fort Mandan, a place to learn about the Native American tribes who lived in this part of the country. For a comprehensive history of the state, you will definitely need to hit the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. If you want to go way back in time to the age of dinosaurs, be sure to check out the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson.
Unique Dining Experiences – Four Reasons to Make North Dakota Your Family Vacation Destination
One of the best parts of traveling is all the delicious food you get to enjoy while having completely unique dining experiences. North Dakota has plenty of both for the entire family. Some of the places you won’t want to miss is the ever-popular Space Aliens Restaurant, famous for its ribs, pizza, and the Galaxy Game Room. Krolls Diner is another family favorite featuring famous North Dakota foods like Knoephla soup and kuchen.
For more information on planning your family vacation to North Dakota check out the state’s tourism website: www.ndtourism.com