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Are you working for the weekend?

Yes! It’s almost Memorial Weekend which means, for most people, a nice three-day weekend. Last year our Memorial Weekend update included information about flooding and closures.  This year we’re happy to say – Missouri River boat ramps are open!  All 18-holes of Bully Pulpit Golf Course are open!  Campgrounds in the Badlands are open!  The Dakota Zoo is open!  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for fun experiences you can enjoy this weekend and all summer long in North Dakota.

Looking for some North Dakota travel tips?  Be sure to pick up an official North Dakota Travel Guide and state map.  They’re free and if you don’t already have one you can pick them up at rest areas or order online and we’ll mail them to you.  Check your routes online with the ND Dept. of Transportation.  A travel information map will alert you to any road closures or construction.

Here are a few events on our weekend calendar and you can find many more at

  • Memorial Day is Military Appreciation Day in all North Dakota State Parks which means free admission for veterans and current service members.
  • The Sky Dance Sakakawea kite festival will take place at Fort Stevenson State Park – May 26-28.
  • How about a Wild West Shootout?  The gunfire goes down at 3 p.m. on Monday in the Frontier Village in Jamestown.
  • Kick back with some cowboy poetry, May 26 in Medora.

Memorial Day services are held in communities around the state. One of the most notable takes place in Sherwood where veterans from the U.S. and Canada exchange flags at the International Boundary.  A program and parade will follow with North Dakota’s Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley as keynote speaker.

Enjoy your weekend and be sure to share your vacation stories and pictures on our Facebook page.

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Events


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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.


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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See you next year!

Zoo Year's Eve Run in Bismarck, photo by the Bismarck Tribune

While you’re planning ways to celebrate the New Year, all of us at North Dakota Tourism would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and invite you to celebrate your new year in North Dakota style!  Vacationers will find North Dakota to be a very active state – some of our top activities include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, bird watching and wildlife viewing.  New Years Eve, you can join the Zoo Year’s Eve fun run at Dakota Zoo in Bismarck.  OR, join the New Year’s Day 5K in Fargo on January 1.

If a weekend jog isn’t in the plans, maybe snowmobile or cross-country ski trails fit-the-bill?  There are also four recreational (downhill) ski areas in North Dakota.  We provide a weekly winter activities report for the latest on trail and snow conditions!

Have fun this new year and all year in North Dakota!

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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in Events, Winter Fun


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Join an attempt at a World Record Bunny Hop

Saturday, March 27 bring your family and friends to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck.  At 2 p.m., participants will try to break the Guinness Book Record for the World’s Largest Bunny Hop!  Gates will open at 1 p.m. and participants must wear bunny ears – bring your own, buy or make some at the Zoo.

Also from 1:30-2:30 there will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2-12.  Admission is free for everyone.  See you there!


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Free day at Dakota Zoo

I just learned that Dakota Zoo in Bismarck is close to setting an attendance record, and to push them over-the-top, they are having a free attendance day Saturday, August 29.  The Dakota Zoo has a new tiger habitat.  You can tour by foot or by train.  There are concessions, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and tomorrow the band ZuZu (appropriately) will also be playing!  Sounds like a lot of fun, and with temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s, a pretty ideal day to take the family to the zoo.  See you there!

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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Attractions, Events


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North Dakota Touring!

Overlooking the BadlandsWe had a chance to get out and enjoy the great outdoors last weekend across western ND to include the Badlands, Dakota Zoo, and Superslide Amusement Park!  To begin with our trip out west, the kids slept for a better part of the drive (that was wonderful) and we were able to appreciate how amazingly green things were out west. The Painted Canyon came to life and we caught a glimpse of a buffalo grazing in the distance while some trail riders were just about to embark on their ride.  In Medora, it was all a buzz with people roaming in and out of shops, grabbing some saltwater taffy and of course stopping to listen to Cowboy Lyle tell his story.  The kids spent tons of energy playing at the Medora Children’s park  before heading up to the Pitch Fork Fondue.  The Medora Medora MusicalMusical was phenomenal and we were all on the edge of our seats watching the Chinese Acrobats.  Where else can your kids actually get up on stage with professional performers?!!  After a good night’s rest, we enjoyed a round of golf at Bully Pulpit and a drive through Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  It was the first time that I have seen wild horses perched on the side of the road with a buffalo only 100 feet away. 

Back in Bismarck, we decided to take in the Dakota Zoo where it just happen to be kids day.  WOW.  The kids were able to operate a real fire hose, sit in a fire truck, and play games through the entire walk.  Big Kitty at Dakota ZooWhen I asked what they enjoyed the most, they both liked the “Big Cat” exhibit (or Big Kitty) as my son lovingly referred to the Siberian Tiger.  The Superslide Amusement Park was also a hit with many trips up and down the super slide, rides on the ferris wheel and coming soon is the new roller coaster which looks like a fun one. 

We had some terrific experiences in North Dakota this weekend and are already looking forward to our next outing.

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Posted by on June 18, 2009 in Scenery, TRNP / Badlands


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