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North Dakota

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©Michael Oswald

North Dakota has been described as legendary, with a captivating history featuring some of America's greatest leaders, adventurers and warriors. At its many preserved historic forts, visitors can discover the stories of Native Americans, led by Sitting Bull, fighting to preserve the plains culture, as well as of the soldiers who manned these lonely outposts. History buffs can retrace Lewis and Clark's journey along the Missouri River, beginning at Fort Mandan, where their expedition acquired as a member one of the most famous North Dakotans, Sakakawea (or Sacagawea). Today, North Dakota has one of the highest populations of Native Americans in the country. Their reservations are rich cultural destinations, where traditional powwows are held throughout the year.

North Dakota's heritage also encompasses the traditions of Scandinavia and Germany, the homelands of many of the state's original pioneers. Many local festivals celebrate these cultures. These immigrants were lured here, no doubt, by the same vista that tempts today's athletes and outdoorsmen. North Dakota's pristine land, under an empty sky, seems to stretch toward infinity. One of the best places to experience the state's natural beauty is in the Badlands of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in western North Dakota. Roosevelt was a rancher here for a time, and his memories of North Dakota would later fuel his passion for conservation. Visitors to the stark cliffs and buttes of the Badlands can camp, view species like bison and elk or bike the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Lake Sakajawea is another scenic spot, so expansive it can accommodate sailors as well as avid sport fishermen. Winters this far north can seem formidable, but North Dakota lightly blanketed by pure-white snow is stunning, and the snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing is unparalleled. In the summer, the 2,339-acre (946 ha) International Peace Garden is a serene place to visit. Situated on the world's longest unfortified border between the United States and Canada, it is a symbol of peace and friendship.

Though many may be surprised to hear it, North Dakota does have more to offer than history and the great outdoors. The Indian reservations, reservoirs of cultural knowledge, are also home to a number of glitzy casinos. Fargo and Grand Forks are college towns, complete with arts scenes, bars and clubs and, in the case of Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux ice hockey team, the state's major sports competitor. North Dakota's most unusual, though perhaps most impressive, attraction seems impossible to categorize. The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile (52km) stretch of lonely road, along which the world's largest metal sculptures have been erected, capturing the surprising quirks waiting to charm visitors to North Dakota.

Climate Info

North Dakota has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Its average temperature is cool, ranging from 37-43°F (3-6°C). Winters are dry and sometimes bitterly cold, especially in January. However, the state has a longer temperate season than many imagine, when, due to its northern latitude, the sun rises before 6am and sets after 9.30pm. Summers are sunny and can be quite hot at times, and thunderstorms are common, but North Dakota is one of the driest states in the US.

Getting Around

Public transport in the Fargo-Moorhead area caters specifically to the local university population. MATBUS operates 25 fixed routes around the region from Monday to Saturday. Getting around the Fargo-Moorhead area is easiest by car, however. Parking is easily available in most areas, and the city itself is easy to navigate as it is set up in a classic grid pattern. Note that winter conditions can be extreme, and drivers unaccustomed to snow and ice are not advised to hire a car in the winter months.

Grand Forks International Airport (GFK)

LocationThe airport is located six miles (9km) northwest of Grand Forks.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Tel: +1 701 795 6981.

Getting to city

Taxi services are available 24 hours a day. Travellers can arrange beforehand to have a taxi waiting or can call from the terminal once they arrive. A few local hotels provide shuttle services for guests, but reservations should be made prior to arrival.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

Metered taxis are available from a number of companies authorised to service the aiport; however, it is advised to call ahead to have one waiting curbside. Most companies accept credit cards.

Airport Facilities

Facilities at the airport include a gift shop, a restaurant, pet relief area, and business work areas.

Car Parking

There are both short and long-term parking lots within walking distance of the terminal. The first 30 minutes are free, and each subsequent half hour costs $1; daily limits are $10 in Lot A, and $8 in Lots B and C. Weekly rates are also available. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.


Hector International Airport (FAR)

LocationThe airport is three miles (5km) northwest of Fargo.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transport from the airport into Fargo, however many local hotels will arrange transfers by advance request. Intercity bus service is provided from downtown Fargo by Jefferson Bus Lines and Amtrak.

Car Rental

Car rental companies at Hector Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and National.

Airpor Taxis

Approved taxi companies operating from the airport include Doyle's Yellow Checker Cab and Lucky 7 Taxi. It is advisable to call ahead in order to have a taxi waiting by the curb.

Airport Facilities

Terminal facilities are basic, but include a gift shop, a snack bar and cafe, a game room and business centres with free wifi.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is charged at $1 for 30 minutes, up to $18 per day. Long-term rates are similar with a daily limit of $8 and a weekly rate of $48.


Minot International Airport (MOT)

LocationThe airport is located two miles (3km) north of Minot.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transport to Minot from the airport. Several hotels offer free shuttle transfers.

Car Rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Enterprise, Avis, National and Hertz.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi companies authorised to operate from the airport include Central Cab and Taxi 9000.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a restaurant, free wifi and a snack bar.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is free for the first 20 minutes and $2 per hour, up to a maximum of $14 per day. Long-term parking costs $72 per week or $12 a day.


Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)

LocationThe airport is located three miles (5km) southeast of Bismarck.
Time DifferenceGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

There is no public transport to downtown Bismarck from the airport. Some local hotels provide free shuttle services to guests.

Car Rental

Rental cars are available at the airport from Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available outside the terminal, although it is recommended to book one in advance.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include ATMs, business kiosks, cafes and vending machines, and the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is free for the first 20 minutes, $1.50 per half hour thereafter up to $10 per day. Long-term parking is $1 per hour up to a daily rate of $8 and a weekly rate of $40. The economy lot is $1 per hour up to a daily rate of $7 and a weekly rate of $35.


Frontier Village and Albino Buffalo

The lives of prairie pioneers are showcased at the Frontier Village, with original prairie town buildings housing many frontier antiques and artefacts. Features of the village include the Kirkpatrick Gallery, the Louis L'Amour Writer's Shack and outdoor amphitheatre, as well as stagecoac
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The World's Largest Buffalo Monument stands watch over Jamestown. ©Tourjamestown

Enchanted Highway

For a scenic drive and interesting art experience, head for the Enchanted Highway near Regent. The numerous whimsical metal sculptures along the road include , and , and are all constructed by artist David Greff. Miniatures of each sculpture are available from the gift shop in Regent.
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Enchanted Highway ©ndtourism.com

Cowboy Hall of Fame

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame pays tribute to Native American and cowboy cultures, including trail drives, ranching and rodeo. This is where famous local cattlemen and rodeo stars will live forever. There is a lovely patio available to visitors and meeting rooms can be booked as w
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Cowgirl ©CGP Grey

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

The Knife River area was inhabited by Native Americans for over 11,000 years and today the remains of three Hidatsa villages illustrate that legacy. The Native American girl of Lewis and Clarke lore, Sakakawea, was said to have lived here. A museum and visitors centre are also features o
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Knife River at Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site ©Chris Light

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