By Nicole Brewer
I’m currently counting down until my return visit to the USA this summer. The weeks are slowly coming to a close from being away from home close to two years. The planning phases have commenced and I’m excited for my return to Atlanta. I’ve considered getaways to Savannah, Chicago and even cross country road trips. While researching, if I’ve come across amazing information on a destination I hadn’t considered before, North Dakota! There is plenty to see, do and explore in this legendary state. Check out this guide to North Dakota for those considering a unique summer destination to trot to.
Things to Do/See
The Knife River Indian Villages are a staple of Native American history and culture. It is a national historic site where you can explore a Hidatsa earth lodge which was rebuilt to showcase the rich history of Native Americans. It consists of 15 miles of trails to trek, as well as see the modern museum. This is especially a great escape for school-aged children, as there is no fee to visit the park. For educators wishing to bring a small group of students, reservations can be made through the education specialist.
A trot over to the Lake Sakakawea & Garrison Dam would be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and nature while in North Dakota. The lake is renowned for sailing, scuba diving, bird-watching, as well as camping and hunting. It’s a great way to get away from it out and become one with nature.
Also the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is another attraction worthy of a visit. It recounts the history and promotes the culture of Native Americans, rodeo riders and ranchers from the plains of North Dakota. It features permanent and traveling cultural exhibits, a theater, Hall of Honorees and an open air patio to take in the fresh and clean atmosphere.
Where to Eat
Mezzaluna is a fine dining restaurant located in downtown Fargo, North Dakota near the Fargo Theatre. The ambience of the historic building located in the Lofts on Roberts Street includes wood flooring, corbelled brick and large windows. It features superb food choices like pan seared scallops, beef short ribs and grilled duck breast.
The Peacock Alley American Bar & Grill is located in the historic Patterson building in downtown Bismarck. Their menu options are legendary as, they offer an array of cuisines for various palates. These include signature dishes like their cowboy ribeye and the hanger steak. It also features a prominent bar that mixes some of the best martinis in the land and a selection of 24 tap beers, vodkas and scotches.
If the Cowboy Hall of Fame or Lake Sakakawea don’t suit your fancy, then consider a visit to the Plains Art Museum. It is home to over 3,000 masterpieces and works of art by national and regional artists. Exhibits include the North Dakota Mural and the permanent Creative Actions Collection.
The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center also has galleries that showcase the state’s rich history, the present and what the future holds. It’s located in the Bismarck area as well so head here after you dine at the Peacock Alley.
**Disclaimer: This article is a sponsored post offered by the North Dakota Tourism board. All content is originally produced and my own.**