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As the air begins to cool and acres of colorful leaves blanket the valleys, rivers and lakes, autumn is a magical time to visit North Dakota. In addition to the picturesque colors, visitors are invited to explore the scenic landscapes, breathtaking outdoor adventures and enchanting fall festivals.

With thousands of miles of trails to explore, you can stroll or pedal along the recreational paced routes or turn it up a notch and climb the steep grades in the Badlands on the Maah Daah Hey Trail. There are also 63 national wildlife refuges, each with unique opportunities for wildlife observation on interpretive foot trails.

Open roads, pristine backdrops, wildlife and waterways in their most natural environments, and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic attractions are all found along North Dakota’s scenic byways and backways. Step out and explore the wonders that beckon from each route.

Attend lively fall festivals and events such as Norsk Høstfest, the largest celebration of Scandinavian culture in the United States, or experience the many pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted good times.

There are endless opportunities to explore and experience the extraordinary. See for yourself why North Dakota is a destination where you can truly Be Legendary!

Fall brings festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and good times to North Dakota. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.

While there’s never a bad time to visit Fargo, we realize there are preferred times to come this far north. But even during the slower (and colder) times, there are lots of good activities and events to participate in.

There are multiple passport programs in Fargo. The first is the Crafts and Drafts Passport; this free digital passport goes straight to your mobile device so you can visit any of the 13 breweries with ease.

The Caffeine Card will get you to some off-the-beaten-path coffee stops to try their take on your favorite caffeinated drinks. Finally, grab an Adventure Passport to point you to local attractions like the Hjemkomst Center and Bonanzaville. Each of these can be redeemed at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center for prizes for the perfect beer, coffee or culture-buff traveler in you.

If you’re visiting in the winter in Fargo, dress for the temperatures and get outdoors. Broadway Square comes alive with ice skating and twinkly lights with ice skate rentals available. At Edgewood and Viking Ship Park, cross country ski and snowshoe rentals are available to get on the wooded trails along the river.

Bundle up and enjoy Fargo’s outdoors with ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in and around town. Photo courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

North Dakota offers many opportunities for a close-up look at the state’s beauty and diversity. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding and assorted educational opportunities provide fun and memorable ways to explore and take in the stunning scenery in the majestic Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Take a scenic drive and get back to nature. Open roads, gorgeous scenery, wildlife, waterways in their most natural environments and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic attractions are all found along North Dakota’s scenic byways and backways. Visitors are encouraged to get out and explore the wonders that beckon from each route. By car, motorcycle or even bicycle, these designated routes are your key to the state’s best vistas and experiences.

Surging waters carved the Pembina Gorge out of soft marine shales, creating one of the deepest, steepest and unaltered river valleys in North Dakota, as well as the largest uninterrupted blocks of woodlands. At least 65 different natural diversity features have been documented here, including 30 plant species and 21 animal species, which are categorized as “rare” in the state.

Open roads, gorgeous scenery, wildlife, waterways in their most natural environments and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic attractions are all found along North Dakota’s scenic byways and backways. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.

Cow Mural: Created by local artist @lesleydidthat, this mural is the perfect backdrop to show pride for North Dakota’s agricultural roots.

Broadway Square: No matter the season, Broadway Square is a gorgeous backdrop for photos. The city’s Christmas tree can be found here in the winter, as well as water spouts that are beautifully lit up during summer evenings.

Lights Tunnel: During winter festival Frostival, Mary’s Light Tunnel is a gorgeous space for a picturesque walk. The tunnel goes right along the Red River and is perfect for snowshoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing.

Lindenwood Park Bridge & Red River: This lift bridge crosses over the Red River and brings you from North Dakota into Minnesota. It’s a great place for a fun photo while you are in two states at once. Or hop on a kayak on the river for a different view.

Fargo Theatre Marquee: The most iconic spot in Downtown Fargo, the Fargo Theatre has fantastic performances and movie showings but also makes for a great photo op.

Created by local artist @lesleydidthat, this mural is the perfect backdrop to show pride for North Dakota’s agricultural roots. Photo courtesy of @mkennajoe

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

On the culinary and entertainment spectrum, North Dakota leaves no point untouched! Microbreweries are getting more and more popular around the country, and North Dakota is no exception. At Drekker Brewing in Fargo, they believe in creating community, experiences and good times with brewery tours, live music, craft fairs, movie nights and more. Try a flight – with so many “Best of Craft Beer Awards,” you’re sure to find your new favorite brew.

At the Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora, chefs load up pitchforks with 12-ounce steaks and fondue them Western-style. These delicious steaks come with your favorite sides served buffet-style, and your favorite drinks await at the Tjaden Terrace Bar. Enjoy the unbelievable views of the Badlands and the can’t-miss Medora Musical performed just steps away in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

Ebeneezer’s Eatery & Irish Pub in Minot has been serving authentic Irish cuisine for over 20 years with live music six times a week. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, drinks and more. A few of their signature dishes include Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Big Bob’s Breaded Fish & Chips, a local favorite.

Chefs load up pitchforks with steaks and cook them Western-style at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora. CREDIT North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.

North Dakota hosts hundreds of events, fairs, festivals and family-friendly adventures throughout the year, including celebrations of the seasons, cultural heritage, local foods and more. These unique events are all about having fun and are a great way to get to know the state. Following are a few events to get your North Dakota travel plans started:

  • Bismarck: United Tribes International Powwow (September) and Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (September-October).
  • Mandan: Buggies-N-Blues (June) and Mandan Rodeo Days (July).
  • Fargo/West Fargo: Fargo Film Festival (March), Fargo Marathon (May) and Red River Valley Fair (July).
  • Grand Forks: Spirit of America Bike and Car Show (May) and Art on the Red (June).
  • Minot: North Dakota State Fair (July) and Norsk Høstfest (September).
  • Throughout the state: Devils Run Car Show in Devils Lake (June); ND Country Fest in New Salem (June); Medora Musical (June -September); Roughrider Days Fair and Expo in Dickinson (late June-early July); Buffalo Days in Jamestown (July); Maah Daah Hey 100 near Theodore Roosevelt National Park (August); North Dakota Chokecherry Festival in Williston (August); and powwows (summer).

Art lovers from around the region enjoy art, food, kids’ activities and art projects, live performers and more at the annual Arts on the Red in Grand Forks. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.

Frostival (January-February): Celebrate the cool of winter with outdoor events.

Unglued Craft Fest (March): Purchase wares from local makers.

St. Patrick’s Day parade & bar crawl (March): A joyful celebration of Irish heritage.

Fargo Marathon (May): Run fast, run friendly, run Fargo!

Live and Local in Downtown Fargo (throughout the summer): Local music enjoyed outdoors.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest (June): Lip-smacking ribs and awesome bands.

Volkswagens in the Valley (July): Vintage VW bugs from around the country.

Red River Valley Fair (July): The area’s largest fair.

Fargo Downtown Street Fair (July): Features artists, crafters and food vendors.

Island Park Craft Festival (August): Craft festival in Downtown Fargo’s historic park.

Canoe Parade (September): Dress up a vessel or watch the parade from the shores of the Red River.

NDSU Bison Football season (September through November): Awesome tailgating and a national champion football team on Saturdays.

Oktoberfest (October): Downtown Fargo is transported to Germany with amazing food and, of course, beer.

Fargo Force Hockey games (October through April): Excitement on ice!

Christkindlmarkt (November): German market in Downtown Fargo.

Downtown Holiday Lights Parade (December): Christmas spirit rolls through Downtown Fargo.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest each June is a four-day extravaganza of lip-smacking ribs and awesome bands. Photo courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

North Dakota’s top five destinations offer adventures, scenic trails, enchanting views, wildlife, nature, history, art, culture and more.

  1. With its wide-open spaces, vistas that take your breath away, and views of wild horses and bison roaming free, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in North Dakota.
  2. The International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions, touting 2,300 acres of nature’s beauty, 155,000 flowers, pristine lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, waterfalls and a large variety of birds.
  3. The MHA Interpretive Center is an expansive, stunning multipurpose facility that interprets the history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. The center houses a museum, interactive kiosks, coffee and gift shops, and offers cultural classes.
  4. Travel through time in the oldest state park in North Dakota and explore its rich culture and history. Venture through reconstructed earthlodges and gaze upon breathtaking views of the river bottoms while traversing the scenic trails of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.
  5. Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota, boasting a dynamic arts and culture scene, a vibrant downtown, unique lodging, exceptional eating establishments, thrilling entertainment venues, and numerous attractions and activities for everyone.

Reconstructed earthlodges are just part of the rich culture and history at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota’s oldest state park. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.

 

  1. Frostival: Fargo’s winter festival has fun for the whole family, including cardboard sled races, “Amazing Race”-style competitions, yoga in the snow, winter camping and more. Full schedule
  2. Tailgating: Each fall, North Dakota State University’s championship team not only has great football games fans love, it also hosts an awesome tailgate beforehand. From die-hard fans to first-time visitors, everyone is welcome to enjoy the classic food, drinks and fun you expect at a tailgate. Guide to tailgating
  3. Drekker: Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fargo, Drekker’s Viking-themed brewery has a gorgeous interior with tall ceilings and bier hall-type tables. Drekker has tons of sour options as well as seltzers, pilsners and lagers. Learn more
  4. Woodchipper: From the infamous film “Fargo,”this iconic prop is located in the Visitor Center and makes for an awesome photo op. Check out the other movie memorabilia and even grab some one-of-a-kind movie-themed merchandise while you’re there. Learn more
  5. Bonanzaville: This pioneer village pays homage to the history of the region. Fargo’s first house, old bonanza farmhouses, a car museum and more await an up-close-and-personal tour. Learn more

Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fargo, Drekker’s Viking-themed brewery has a gorgeous interior with tall ceilings and bier hall-type tables. Photo courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

Have you ever seen a 38-foot-tall cow? How about a 26-foot-tall-buffalo? Or even a highway adorned with metal sculptures so large they seem to diminish within the sunset? If not, you more than likely have never visited North Dakota.

Larger-than-life sculptures can be seen across the state in almost every corner you visit. Whether the sculpture depicts the unique culture of the local community or the state as a whole, each and every one illustrates what it means to Be Legendary in North Dakota. Ranging from animals of mythic proportions to everyday objects and scenic monuments, the massive attractions are guaranteed to leave an engrained memory for anyone whose eyes behold this uniquely North Dakota art.

Some of the sculptures across North Dakota include the world’s largest buffalo; Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein cow; Wee’l Turtle, a giant turtle made from more than 2,000 wheels painted green; Tommy Turtle, the largest snowmobile-riding turtle; The Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile drive that features the world’s largest metal sculptures; and much more.

This is only a glimpse of what North Dakota has to offer. Make plans to visit and give your eyes a new perspective on what it means to be larger-than-life!

North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway boasts 32 miles of the world’s largest metal sculptures. Credit North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.