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Strike gold at JunkFest in Carrington

Vacation gold.  That’s what many travelers to North Dakota tell us they’ve found along their journey.  Visitors write and tell us about the friendly people, the beautiful scenery, the adventures, the great food and the lasting memories.

Vacation memories truly are treasures – and if you’re looking to combine the two, journey to Carrington on September 17 for Autumn JunkFest – an event known for turning memories into treasures.  Visitors find antiques and “junk” refurbished and repurposed for home and garden.  There is also a popular Flea Market.

The Carrington area has great attractions and lodging options for more vacation memories.  Consider a tour of historic Putnam House – a 4,300 square foot home built in 1907 and featuring family history and museum collections.

Dakota Sun Gardens Winery of Carrington offers garden tours and wine tasting.

In nearby Jamestown, visitors can delight in pioneer history at the Frontier Village and the National Buffalo Museum.  The museum cares for a live buffalo herd with three very rare albino bison.

And in nearby Cooperstown, tour the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site.  The reality of the Cold War is best experienced with a trip underground to see mission control.

These attractions recently partnered with North Dakota Tourism in a sweepstakes promoted by Country Living magazine.  The winner, Amy Pater, will also be treated to a stay in a luxury cabin at Lakeview Meadow resort in Jamestown, two nights at the Carrington Inn and Suites and dining extras!

Interesting history – found through treasures, experiences and travel – can make your trip to North Dakota golden.  For more visitor stories, be sure to visit www.RUlegendary.com.

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North Dakota Travel Updates

Don't let Mother Nature mess with your vacation plans. Events like the Fargo Ribfest are coming soon and most attractions are OPEN!

It’s the season of Legendary fun!  Whether you’re seeking to follow the footsteps of North Dakota legends like Theodore Roosevelt or Lewis and Clark, or blaze your own trail of discovery North Dakota has so much to discover.  As you’re planning, we’d like to share a variety of updates and travel resources.  Unfortunately, North Dakota has also been affected by some of the severe weather impacting the U.S.  Rest assured, there’s plenty to see, do and explore and our fabulous travel counselors can help answer any questions you may have during your planning and traveling.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is open for visitors at both the North Unit (near Watford City) and the South Unit (Medora).  Campgrounds are closed, but will be reopened as soon as waters from the Little Missouri River (nicknamed the Little Muddy) recede.

The Chateau de Mores State Historic Site will reopen for the season on June 1.  Bully Pulpit Golf Course is currently closed but workers are quickly cleaning the course.  All other Medora attractions are open.  The Medora Musical will open as scheduled June 10.

Missouri River and Bismarck-Mandan

Due to unprecedented record and late snowfall in the Rocky Mountains, record inflows of water have raised Lake Sakakawea resulting in extreme releases from the Garrison Dam and into the Missouri River.  Fishermen are still getting out on the river and need to be aware of the no-wake zone from the Garrison Dam to the McLean Bottoms/headwaters of Lake Oahe.

In Bismarck-Mandan, there are closures at the Dakota Zoo, Riverwood Golf Course, the Lewis & Clark Riverboat, boat ramps and recreational trails.  You can find information at the Bismarck Parks and Recreation office and get information on other attractions, events and lodging at the Bismarck Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Minot

Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot

Record rainfall amounts have caused flooding along the Souris River and into Minot.  The Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau is working hard to assist travelers and the Minot community.  The Roosevelt Park Zoo is temporarily closed; most visitor services remain open.  Please call ahead to verify your travel plans at this time.

Statewide Information

If camping is part of your travel plan, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is keeping tabs on affected state parks, trails and campgrounds.  Likewise, the North Dakota Department of Transportation has travel maps to help guide you.

The message:  Please just plan ahead to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch!  We hope your North Dakota trip is a great adventure for all the right reasons! For updates on travel information AND fun events – be sure to “like” Travel North Dakota on facebook and @TravelND on twitter

 

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Last Minute Labor Day

Are you geared up and ready to go this weekend? With plenty of fun outdoor activities to enjoy in North Dakota, I thought I would key you in on some tidbits about this festive weekend.

Medora?

If you have not been out to Medora this summer yet, now is the absolute time! The ‘Best Show In The West,’ the Medora Musical puts on their final performance of the summer on Sept. 5. A musical tribute to the late Wade Westin will  also be held September 5 at 2 p.m., MDT at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre . The event features various artists, including Clyde Bauman, Jessie Veeder and cast members of the Medora Musical. Greg Hager will perform on the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center patio during the afternoon on September 4.

Recreation?

Getting out to Medora also means a great weekend of scenery and recreation at the beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Since it sounds like it will be a weekend full of wonderful weather, hiking, biking, canoeing, or whatever your favorite recreational activity might be, North Dakota has you covered! Whether you want to stay close to home or take a great road trip North Dakota has many great state and national parks located across the state with fantastic trails and rivers.

Great Entertainment?

Friday Night Races is happening tonight in Grand Forks, if you haven’t gone yet, you dont’ want to miss out on this excitement!

Motor Magic is out at the North Dakota State Fair Grounds through the whole weekend, and one weekend only! They will kick off the motor mayhem along with enduro race, demolition derby, motorcycle poker run, auto cross and an auto classic car display.

-These are just a few events that are happening in North Dakota this Labor Day weekend, so if you are in need of some last minute planning  our website is your key for activities, attractions, accommodations and events! www.Ndtourism.com

 

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“Wow”- Enough Said

I had the great pleasure of spending time in Medora this weekend. Being an eastern North Dakota gal, I was a little timid when entering this “western Disney land,” but within an hour I was ready to strap some boots on and buy myself a cowboy hat! I had the best time immersing myself into the incredible history of Medora and walking through this small town full of excitement and wonder. Bright, smiling faces as you pass through and stop into shops was what made my day while strolling through with my grandmother. The one thing I had to do was go check out the newly renovated Rough Rider Hotel. My jaw instantly dropped as I enter the beautiful lobby that is contemporary with a twist of history and a whole wall of books for guests to enjoy. I start chatting with the front desk wonderful individuals that have had the greatest compliments since they opened at the beginning of the summer. Although they were completely booked up because there was a wedding reception taking place that night, my grandmother and I got a quick sneak peek into one of the rooms. The “ahhs” and “wows” were endless from us, the smell of everything brand new and colors that were so comforting. The best came last as I entered the bathroom and saw the huge tiled shower with the biggest shower head I’ve ever seen. I still cannot keep saying “wow,” we were so very impressed with the entire atmosphere. Interesting enough, when I was talking with the front desk staff they had said that most of the time what they hear from guests is “wow,” and now I realize why. Find your “wow”  in Medora.

The Rough Rider will be open all year-long, so book a night or hold an event at any time in this gorgeous new facility and enjoy the beauty of the Badlands backdrop in Medora.

 

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McQuades This Weekend!

We can’t believe it is finally here! One of the greatest events to happen in North Dakota… wait a minute.. the USA! Starting this Friday, teams from all over the country are coming to Bismarck to challenge their ability in softball competition at its finest,  The Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament. The nations largest softball tournament is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with another record of applicants, filling all categories! It is going to be a fun-filled weekend, but sounds like it could be a hot one. Make sure to cool down after or between games with the whole family at many of the swimming pools located in Bismarck/ Mandan. www.bisparks.org/YouthPrograms/swimming.asp

Take your cool down to extreme out at Raging Rivers Water Park and Speedworld Golf and Game in Mandan, the whole family will enjoy this exciting fun in the sun atmosphere!

Hotels are filling up quickly!! If you are having troubles finding somewhere to stay or haven’t done so already contact the Bismarck CVB, they will assist you with your accomodation needs. http://www.bismarckmandancvb.com/

 

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