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Road Tripping North Dakota - Some Great Places

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Road Tripping North Dakota - Some Great Places

I visited North Dakota for the first time since I was a child, last Summer and enjoyed a number of places tremendously. I tend to enjoy driving through states and enjoying the scenic, historical and Americana aspects of those states. North Dakota had a lot to offer and I'm sure I only scratched the surface.

Minot - Great town with the enjoyable Scandinavian Heritage Park.

Rugby - Geographic center of North America...is it or isn't it? Who cares...it's a fun idea and the stone cairn is good for a picture.

Mandan - Fort Abraham Lincoln (Custer house) and On-A-Slant Village...both worth the time to enjoy.

New Salem - You've gotta see Salem Sue the giant cow!

Regent (and nearby) - The Enchanted Highway is magnificent...well worth a visit. Don't forget to stop at the gift shop in Regent and turn on the moving sculpture.

Dickinson - Dakota Dinosaur Museum...another very worthwhile place to stop. Lots of incredible displays. Make sure that you engage the staff in conversation, because some of them were involved in finding things that are on display.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Beautiful...make sure you take the time to really enjoy it.

Bismarck - Space Aliens Grill and Bar - Okay...so the food is kind of so-so...it's not that expensive and the kitsch factor makes the visit enjoyable.

Garrison - Quaint little town with the Wally Walleye statue at the end of the main street. Make sure you stop and get a malt at Ye Olde Malt Shoppe! It's only about a block away.

Another thing that will stick with me a long time are the sunflower fields...lots and lots of color.

If you like taking road trips, North Dakota is a great state to visit. I hope to get back there someday!

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1. Re: Road Tripping North Dakota - Some Great Places

Thanks sare, great info! Would any of those qualify as North Dakotas top tourist attraction?

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Hey! Thank you so much for your input, my girls and I are driving down to Minot over Easter holidays and needed some to do things....I heard about some kind of amusement park there, is this true? If you have any info to this that would be great!

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Minot-has a nice indoor water park at the Sleep Inn which is attached to Dakota Square Mall. There is a Comedy Club in The International Inn on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The zoo is nice also, but does have limited hours when cold outside. There are alot of Chinese restraunts if you like buffets. The downtown is a nice area to visit with some unique places to shop. There are a few mom and pop restraunts that are worth a visit. Oak Park is a nice park to go for a walk or take the kids to play.

Bismarck-has a lot more than Space Aliens(is a good place for the kids). There are a few nice places to eat and all are fairly inexpensive. The Bistro is nice more formal place. The Walrus is great italian. There is also a nice water park called Raging Rivers, but is outdoors. There is a nice zoo here also. There is a paddle boat in the summer that goes down the river.

North Dakota has lots of nice lakes small and large. There are beutiful open spaces.

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Thank You so much for your input....I have actually booked a few nights at the Sleep Inn because of the waterpark and plan on checking out the zoo so thanxs again!