Are you looking for an experience-packed trip with your family? Head to North Dakota? Here are some must-see places to visit  and things to do in the state.

The first stop is Bonanzaville USA, a step back into time. Take the kids to see objects from bygone years. From May to October, Bonanzaville USA has a Pioneer Village open with 43 historic buildings to see and explore.

Photo by North Dakota Tourism/Jim Gallop

Photo by North Dakota Tourism/Jim Gallop

 

Next, make your way to the Chateau de Mores State Historical Site. If you and your family love touring old homes, you can’t miss visiting this mansion, once home of the Marquis family. Built in 1883, this home has quite a few of the original furniture from the family. Its former owner, Marquis de Mores operated transportation companies from that time, a stagecoach company, and railroad cars among several other business ventures.

 

Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Tourism

Photo courtesy of the North Dakota Tourism

 

To further your cultural experience in North Dakota, you can’t miss a trip to the Plains Art Museum in Fargo where the kids and you will see thousands of works of art. See an interpretation of the North Dakota sky line or other exhibits in the permanent collection.

 

Petrified Forest by David Nix

Petrified Forest in North Dakota, Photo by David Nix

 

 

Photo by North Dakota Tourism/Amy Taborski

Photo by North Dakota Tourism/Amy Taborski

When it’s steamy and hot outside, a trip to a beautiful lake can’t be beat. Lake Sakakawea & Garrison Dam, located a mile North of Pick City, is a North Dakota treasure. Canoeing, bird watching or sailing are a few of the leisurely family friendly past-times that families have enjoyed for decades at the lake. Your children will be delighted to know that there are beaches in the area. Near Lake Sakawaea, swimming is allowed at the sandy beach of Fort Stevenson.

Lewis and Clark State Park, north of Lake Sakawaea has a sandy beach area and changing rooms. The beach is located on the northeast side of this state park.

All of your adventures in North Dakota will no doubt leave you all very hungry. Have a special dinner with your family during your trip. Try having the pan seared trout at hotel Donaldson in Fargo. This boutique hotel’s Hodo restaurant is well-known for offering delicious food, made with fresh ingredients. Your family and and you can have a hearty meal of duck, ribs or go all out with the filet mignon.

Other tempting eateries and restaurants in North Dakota include the Mezzaluna, a fine dining establishment in Fargo, Peacock Alley, and Vinyl Taco, an American grill-style restaurant in Bismark, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

North Dakota has a wealth of attractions and naturally beautiful places to see and explore. It’s a great place to visit, and once you do visit, you might even want to live there.

 

 

Images from North Dakota

 

Honey, is that a bison in the road?
Theodore Roosevelt Park by North Dakota Tourism Jim Gallop

Theodore Roosevelt Park by North Dakota Tourism/Jim Gallop

A bison strolls down the road in the Theodore Roosevelt Park.

 

Get Your Camera Ready!
Bully Pulpit Golf Course at Medora Photo by ND Tourism Ken Yetter

Bully Pulpit Golf Course at Medora Photo by ND Tourism Ken Yetter

 

Let’s Go to the Lake! Can you say, Sakakawea?
Lake Sakakawea and the new marina at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison. Scenic, scenics

Lake Sakakawea and the new marina at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison

 

Now for a little inspiration in Inspiration Park!
International Peace Garden 2, Dunseith ND 2005

International Peace Garden by North Dakota Tourism

 

Hiking in Maah Daah Hey Photo by North Dakota Tourism Jim Gallop

Hiking in Maah Daah Hey Photo by North Dakota Tourism Jim Gallop

 

A gorgeous place to worship, the Richardton Assumption Abbey
Richardton Assumption Abbey Inside by North Dakota Tourism

Richardton Assumption Abbey Inside by North Dakota Tourism

 

Picture pretty sunsets

 

 

This ain’t OZ, These are North Dakota’s Tin People
Photo by the North Dakota Tourism

Photo by the North Dakota Tourism

 

This post is sponsored by North Dakota.

 

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