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So much to look forward to in 2012

As you’re getting ready to turn that calendar to a new year, grab your pen and start making plans to check out some new attractions and activities in North Dakota!

The International Peace Garden in the Turtle Mountains is known for its beauty, tranquility and symbolism. It’s a popular destination in the summer and now travelers can enjoy it in the winter. The Peace Garden has an extensive network of trails accessible for snowshoeing.  Snowshoes, walking poles and bindings can be rented from the interpretive center.  The interpretive center and conservatory are open year round.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University is dedicated to preserving the legacy of America’s 26th President. A new presidential digital library gives scholars and visitors a new way to be inspired by Roosevelt.  Visit online or in-person – but be sure to package your visit with Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Always wanted to fish the Missouri River in the winter but your boat is stored away? No problem. Sakakawea Guide Service now offers unique houseboats with an opportunity to fish the Garrison Dam tailrace throughout the winter months.

Rolling Plains Adventures, near Bismarck, hosts guided hunts and ranch vacations and a new Grand Lodge will open in 2012. Based on Black Leg Ranch, the fifth generation ranchers/owners help guests discover ranch life with horseback riding and cattle drives plus home-cooked meals.

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center expansion is slated to be open in February showcasing a new event center, library and production studio. More exhibits tell the story of the Corps of Discovery and others who journeyed through (now) North Dakota.  The Center is located in Washburn.

Also scheduled to be open in February is the new Enchanted Castle, a 20-room lodging facility in Regent – known as one stop along the Enchanted Highway. The front of the new hotel will have the appearance of a castle. Walk across the moat to enter the property.

Stay tuned for more great things coming to North Dakota in 2012.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Attractions, ND in the News, North Dakota Buzz

 

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Choices choices for the long weekend

We’ve got some great ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend in North Dakota!  Celebrate Americana with a big ol Yee-Haw at Mandan Rodeo Days or Dickinson Roughrider Days.  These legendary events are part of “Cowboy Christmas.”  Or get thee to Medora where your celebration can include parade, fireworks, the famed Medora Musical, pitchfork fondue, golf, hiking Theodore Roosevelt National Park, touring the Chateau de Mores and much more!

Or perhaps you’re craving the tranquility of water at a picturesque lake.  From Lake Metigoshe on the North Dakota-Canadian border to great fisheries like Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake – you can find your piece of chill served with a big walleye.

One of my personal faves for the weekend is the “Quasquicentennial” celebration in Hankinson.  I may not know how to pronounce the word for 125th anniversary but I do know organizers have planned a lot of fun events including a wife-carrying contest!  Talk about funny!

Find more events highlighted in our “What To Do” news release and on our website.

Flooding concerns?

Perhaps you’ve heard about floods and water issues affecting a few North Dakota towns and cities.  Rest assured, a vast majority of our attractions, events and visitor services are OPEN!  Our travel counselors are maintaining a great list of the areas affected and we’ve detailed the impact in this press release along with links to the North Dakota Dept. of Transportation for highway information and the ND State Parks and Recreation website for campground info.

We encourage visitors to plan ahead and check routes and services to ensure their vacation is filled with legendary fun!  Our free Travel Guide is a great planning tool.  Order it, along with maps and other free brochures, online.  Or stop at a North Dakota rest area and pick one up!

 

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A cultural vacation

Sometimes when people travel, you’ll hear them talk about immersing themselves in the culture.  Or that they might even be taking a cultural vacation.  In fact, one of the top travel trends in the U.S. is “history and culture” vacations.  But what does that mean?  And could you even be doing it without knowing?

The types of cultural experiences found in North Dakota vary.  Our Culture & Heritage Trail Guide is a free publication dedicated to five themes found in a North Dakota vacation experience.  You can request this publication online or by calling 1-800-435-5663.  The themes you’ll read about include:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Wildlife & Wonders
  • Heritage & Heroes
  • The Lewis & Clark Trail
  • Ranches, Farms & Gardens

The types of culture found in North Dakota is far ranging and includes celebrations of immigrant cultures, like the Ukrainian Festival in Dickinson (July 22-24), the Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain (July 29-31) and North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, Norsk Hostfest in Minot (September 27-October 1).

There are celebrations of western culture, like the  Taylor Horsefest (July 29-30), the Wild West Shootouts at the Frontier Village in Jamestown and Tatanka Festival (July 7-10) and the popular Medora Musical (nightly June 10-September 10).

You can also explore Native American culture at the Northern Great Plains Culture Fest (July 30-31) and the magnificent UTTC International Powwow (September 8-11).

And if you’re looking for history, you’ve visited the right place.  North Dakota is where legends were made and you can follow the Trail of Lewis & Clark, visit Theodore Roosevelt’s cabin in a national park named for him, see the home of Sakakawea, the fort of General Custer, the headdress of Sitting Bull, a museum dedicated to Roger Maris and even the birthplace of Lawrence Welk.

You are invited to visit, explore and enjoy North Dakota’s history and culture.  From one of the oldest standing structures built by immigrants to a botanical garden commemorating international peace – there’s a diverse and fun trail waiting for you in North Dakota.

 
 

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Happy birthday USA

It’s a sunny, smiley, spectacular weekend in North Dakota.  There are fairs, centennials, rodeos, art festivals and so much more.  What’s on your calendar for the weekend?  Art in the Park?  Mandan Rodeo Days?  Dickinson’s Roughrider Rodeo Days and FairPierce County Fair in Rugby?  Hettinger 125th Celebration?  Farmer’s Market in Grand Forks?  Or a patriotic tribute at a patriotic musical next to a stunning national park?  How about fireworks and symphony at the Capitol?

Whatever you’re doing, be sure to share pictures and video with us at RULegendary.com – it enters you into a drawing for a free t-shirt.  We’re giving away 10 a month.  Also share on the Travel North Dakota facebook page for more drawings.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2010 in Entertainment, Events

 

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See Kellan Lutz in Twilight ‘Eclipse’ tonight at midnight

 Tonight is the night! Eclipse has been a long wait for Twilight fans, since New Moon came out this past November. The excitement continues to build when we not only get to see Bella, Jacob, and Edward reunite for the third time, but also Emmett Cullen returns looking better than ever in this action packed romantic film. North Dakota native, Kellan Lutz, plays the dashing young Cullen in the Twilight saga. Lutz is from Dickinson, ND and started modeling as a teenager and emerged as an actor in 2004.  We are very proud of this rising Legendary North Dakota star!

 

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Crystal skulls on display at Dakota Dinosaur Museum

If your family was spell-bound by the latest Indiana Jones movie, bring them to the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson for a look at real crystal skulls.  This temporary exhibit displays minerals and crystals from all over the world carved into the shape of human skulls; it includes Mr. Happy, a skull carved from coral, a valuable skull carved from a meteorite, and a one-of-a-kind white jade pirate skull.

A second temporary exhibit features minerals used for centuries as healing stones, and includes the “Grail Necklace” formed from rare white quartz.  The Dakota Dinosaur Museum always has on display 14 full-scale dinosaurs and many other artifacts.  The museum is open daily through Labor Day.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2010 in Events, Family Fun, History

 

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It’s National Library Day

National Library Day is the perfect time to write about the beautiful historic libraries found in North Dakota.  There are a handful of ND libraries on the National Register of Historic Places.

The North Dakota State Library is a wealth of the state’s history and archives.  Free tours are available.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Attractions, History

 

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