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Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Jasper
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Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Any road trip advice for a week long trip in Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off our life long quest of all 50 states. We can fly in and road trip through the 2 states. We enjoy scenic drives, easy hikes, waterfalls, the best locally owned restaurants and memorable lodging, beautiful architecture and “must-see” spots.

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1. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Hi,

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is worth visiting.

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2. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Minneapolis is certainly the airport I’d fly into, since there’s simple transport and it allows you to easily cross into Fargo ND’s visitor center to claim your “Best For Last” reward they offer for people who cross their state off as #50.

Minnehaha Falls is an easy spot to see in Minneapolis, and on the way to Fargo you can incorporate Itasca State Park to see the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Plenty more to see in Minnesota but to discuss North Dakota - the aforementioned Theodore Roosevelt State Park is the highlight of the state but you’ll need to drive across the state to visit. And you ideally should do this if possible.

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some of the other things to do in North Dakota is see Fargo - Bonanzaville, Red River Zoo, check if any festivals, also a viking ship in adjacent city of Morehead, Minnesota.

As you drive across there is the National buffalo museum.

In the capital city of bismarck you can go on a Louis and Clark River Cruise - some nights they have pizza.

then Teddy Roosevelt National Park staying in Medora. If go in the summer there is a play

there is also the Enchanted Highway

https://www.ndtourism.com/regent/attractions-entertainment/family-fun/enchanted-highway

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4. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Some options…

You could do thr Lewis and Clark trail along the Missouri River which takes you into North Dakota

You can do voyageurs national park in northern Minnesotan along with Theodore Roosevelt np in ND

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5. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Voyageurs is a very hard park to visit unless you're planning to canoe or kayak. You can go to a couple of the visitors centers east of International Falls but the vast majority of the park requires water access. There are canoe and kayak rentals available in International Falls, Kabetogama, and Ely.

Itasca State Park (the headwaters of the Mississippi River) is very easy to visit, though it's closer to Grand Forks than Fargo in North Dakota.

North Dakota has the Peace Garden, which is nice, but way up on the Canadian border, the Scandinavian Heritage Center in Minot, and a lot of Indigenous history, including Fort Mandan near Bismarck and the Knife River Indian Villages near Washburn (where Lewis and Clark met with Sakakawea/Sacajawea).

As for food, in Medora there's the Pitchfork Fondue at the Medora Musical, where they put a steak on a literal pitchfork and dip it into hot oil to cook it, fondue-style, along with a big old pageant. In Grand Forks, Widmer's Candy Shop makes chocolate-dipped potato chips (they're really good). There's an old-fashioned dairy and ice cream shop in Bottineau.

Edited: 19 April 2024, 04:45
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6. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

ND definitely Theodore Roosevelt NP.

Minneapolis: a guided tour in the mansion of Prince. And Weisman Art museum designed by Frank Gehry.

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7. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Welcome to the forum, Vicki Whitley!

I screwed up, North Dakota will not be my 50th state. Joining the Best for Last Club would be the greatest, although I'd probably embarrass myself and start crying. https://www.fargomoorhead.org/best-for-last-club/

I hope you will come back and report on your trip.

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8. Re: Minnesota and North Dakota to finish off 50 states

Congrats of this fantastic completion trip!! All 50 woohoo!!

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