Places to Visit in North Dakota

Be sure to check out these places to visit in North Dakota

An exploration of the many different places to visit in North Dakota will reveal a never-ending collection of historic, cultural, natural, and art-filled attractions and locations. Situated in the Midwest and Western regions of the United States, the land that North Dakota covers makes it the 19th largest state in the U.S. In the west, tourists encounter the Missouri River, while the surrounding hills make perfect snapshots. In the east, the Red River and Red River Valley sustain the agriculture in the region.

While the state capital of Bismarck; Grand Forks; and the largest city of the state (Fargo) are popular places to visit in North Dakota, consider these locations and the selections listed below when planning a trip to this inviting destination:

North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA)

When paying a visit to Grand Folks, consider stepping onto the campus of the University of North Dakota to admire the onsite exhibition galleries. Some of the popular displays in the past have included "Lewis and Clark: Rivers, Edens, Empires," and "Bugs and Such." Also, don’t forget to stop by the small restaurant and gift shop on the premises.


The Red River Valley region opens up to expose the largest city in North Dakota, where the Fargo Air Museum (aircrafts from World War II) and the Roger Maris Museum (small site with memorabilia and video presentation) have been attracting tourists for years.

Fargo Theatre

Head for downtown Fargo to explore this Art Deco masterpiece that serves as a center for the arts. Built in 1925, the building underwent restoration in order to revamp its historical appeal.

Plains Art Museum

To explore the beauty of fine arts, this downtown Fargo gem possesses a permanent collection of about 3,000 works that include traditional American Indian art and folk art. The talent of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali are also on display.


As the capital of the state, there is no wonder that Bismarck ranks as one of the most popular places to visit in North Dakota. With a history that dates back to 1872, tourists enjoy exploring the economic center of this location. Here, you will also encounter the North Dakota State Capitol – the tallest structure in the city.

Belle Mehus Auditorium – Bismarck

This historic building is found in the downtown section of the capital, where all of the performing arts action takes place. The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra holds court here, as well as the Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre, the Shade Tree Players (children's theater), and productions associated with the University of Mary, and Bismarck State College.


In the north central part of the state, Minot is home to the annual North Dakota State Fair, and the Roosevelt Park Zoo, where the first animal to grace this attraction was the American Bison in 1920. Golfers also enjoy hitting the green in Minot, where the Souris Valley Golf Course and Apple Grove Golf Course is quite satisfying.

Dakota Dinosaur Museum – Dickinson

This family-friendly attraction in North Dakota offers replicas of the mighty dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago. Spread across 13,400 square feet of space, this site is completely manned by volunteers that entertain visitors from May to Labor Day.

Prairie Knights Casino

Head for Fort Yates to test your luck and you will encounter a casino and lodge that provides access to 600 slot machines, craps, blackjack, and many other entertaining pursuits.

Enchanted Highway- Regent

The largest scrap metal sculptures in the world are found scattered about a stretch of highway that measures 32 miles long. The southwestern part of the state is where one of the most intriguing places to visit in North Dakota is situated. Some of the sculptures include The Tin Family (1991); Grasshoppers in the Field (1999); and Fisherman's Dream (2006).

International Peace Garden

Located close to Dunseith, this site is covered with more than 150,000 blooms each year and showcases attractions, such as an 18-foot floral clock display, water fountains, and a peace chapel. The grounds also serve as home to some of the remains of the World Trade Center.

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