Plan a budget-friendly ‘staycation’

North Dakota is known as one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the United States. Why not keep it local and discover something new right here in North Dakota? There are free attractions for any interest and hundreds of other budget-friendly offerings.

Scenic byways and backways
Drive more than 13 scenic byways and backways throughout the state. From the Turtle Mountains to Lake Sakakawea and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, experience open roads, pristine backdrops, wildlife and waterways.

Western North Dakota
Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Sakakawea at the Crow Flies High Butte in New Town. In Dickinson, the Ukrainian Cultural Institute stands as a living showcase to the pioneer Ukrainians. In nearby Medora, the Painted Canyon Visitor Center offers panoramic views and displays.

At Watford City, stop in the Long X Visitor Center to learn about the area’s attractions and see the 60-million-year-old petrified stump. Explore the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston, the most important fur trading post between 1828 to 1867.

Central North Dakota
In Bismarck, enjoy the Missouri River, trails, art and history all in one trip at Steamboat Park, Steamboat Plaza and Keelboat Park located off River Road. A must-see is the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum.
Near Stanton, the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site has 210 depression sites, a modern museum and visitor center. Create a one-of-a-kind memory in Rugby with a photo of you and your family or friends standing at the geographical center of North America.

Eastern North Dakota
Venturing on to Fargo, stroll the Celebrity Walk of Fame featuring more than 100 celebrities or stop in and see the memorabilia at the Roger Maris Museum. Adventure awaits at Sertoma Park in Grand Forks with a Japanese Garden, playground, an arboretum and trails that connect to the Greenway. Take in the stunning views of the Red River Valley from the Observation Tower at the Pembina State Museum.

Get inspired by The Arts Center in Jamestown, relax in the arts park or take a walk on the White Cloud Trail along the James River. Then see why Valley City is called the “City of Bridges” on the Eight Bridges walking tour.
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