If you're looking for a truly unique and off the beaten path road trip destination this year, look no further than North Dakota.
The state is known for its vast open spaces, badlands, and as the former home of Theodore Roosevelt.
Visitors to North Dakota will get to enjoy exploring the state's capital city, then heading out into all the beautiful nature that makes up the rest of the state.
This guide to 4 places to see in North Dakota is intended to inspire you to plan a visit of your own.
If you live in North Dakota or have taken a road trip here before, I'd love to hear any other suggestions on places to see. I know locals always know the best spots, so leave any ideas in the comments below.
Bismarck is the capital city of North Dakota and sits near the center of the lower half of the state along the banks of the Missouri River.
First time visitors to Bismarck will want to visit the North Dakota Heritage Center, McDowell Dam Nature Park, Buckstop Junction, Gateway to Science, and Camp Hancock State Historic Site.
2. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located just 15 minutes south of Bismarck along the western shores of the Missouri River.
The park is home to a recreation of Custer's House and a replica of a Mandan On-A-Slant Indian Village.
According to the North Dakota State Park website, the Mandan are a Native American tribe of the Great Plains who have lived for centuries in North Dakota. During your visit you'll get to learn about the history and lives of the Mandan people.
Visitors to the park can also enjoy guided history tours, hiking, biking, camping and stargazing.
3. Enchanted Highway
The Enchanted Highway is a collection of the world's largest scrap metal sculptures. These famous sculptures line a roadway heading north from the town of Regent all the way up to the Gladstone exit.
The idea for the Enchanged Highway came from local artist Gary Greff. The project has become a major tourist attraction for the area and is estimated to draw around 6.000 cars per year.
4. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located two hours west of Bismark near the western part of North Dakota and is where the Great Plains meet the badlands. The park is named after the former US President Theodore Roosevelt who once lived in the area.
The park is broken up into three areas including the North Unit, South Unit and Elkhorn Ranch Unit.
Visitors heading to the North Unit can enjoy the 28 mile Scenic Drive along the bottom end of the badlands then up to River Bend Overlook and Oxbow Overlook.
Visitors heading to the South Unit can enjoy the park's scenic 36 mile drive along the badlands. This is also the busiest area of the park, so plan to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Visitors heading to the Elkhorn Ranch Unit will get to visit Roosevelt's former home ranch. To get there you'll need to drive on an unpaved road for the last three miles. Be sure to inquire at the Visitor Center before embarking on this drive.
Visitors to Theodore Roosevent National Park can enjoy hiking, biking, nature walks, camping, and stargazing.
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