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Exploring Western North Dakota

What do you get when you take a beautifully rugged landscape dotted with oil wells and intersected by scoria roads, an old train-tunnel-turned-walking-path, forts and other interesting attractions and some unique shopping?

I introduce you to the western edge of North Dakota.  Beauty, history and fun combined!

Take for instance, Beach – just a mile from the Montana border – where you’ll find Prairie Fire Pottery offering tours and handmade, unique pottery every day.  If the shop isn’t open – just call the phone number on the door!  Now that’s North Dakota hospitality.

A bit north, west of Cartwright, North Dakota, is the Fairview Bridge – a 1,320 foot structure spanning the Yellowstone River.  It leads to the only tunnel in the state – a 1,458 foot long tunnel built mostly by hand in 1912 and 1913.  It’s very cool to walk through but you won’t find me there on Halloween!

A bit north are the fascinating and well-interpreted stops of Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site and Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston.  Fort Union was the most important trading post on the upper Missouri from 1828-1867.  Fort Buford is where Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881.  Much more area history is found at the Missouri-Yellowstone Interpretive Confluence Center – a place to explore history, genealogy, art and more.

Just east of that western border is Theodore Roosevelt National Park – a wealth of wildlife viewing, natural beauty, horseback riding and hiking trails and undisturbed campgrounds.  Make this area part of your vacation plans!

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A blog about blogs

With thanks to Kim at @TravelND today’s blog is about all the great bloggers you should get to know.

Three of our favorite travel bloggers were recently visiting North Dakota.  Of course we love it and prefer when they feature the Peace Garden State, but first and foremost these are creative, fun and entertaining writers who you’ll enjoy following on all of their journeys.

Go on the Edge of the Road with travel and features writer Tanner Latham.  Recent posts have highlighted the Woodchipper in Fargo, burgers at JL Beers and the Fargo Air Museum.

Travels with Children by Minnemom shares great adventures for families.  There are also some good tips for travel on a budget.

Travel with Ted Sullivan brings you on-the-road as the author shares travel-industry trips as well as family adventures.  Lots of fun photos literally showcase the experiences.

Here in North Dakota, we’ve got some great bloggers too!  North Dakota Tourism is keeping tabs on them – and if we’ve somehow missed you, please just drop us a line.  Wondering what happens on a North Dakota ranch?  The Veeder Ranch has saddled up a story for you.  Hungry for a story with a recipe too?  Check out the North Dakota Food Blog.  Go inside a pottery studio with Prairie Fire Pottery

Wondering how a reporter on a North Dakota beat would travel?  Go Cross-Country with Courtney.  From cities big to cities smallwolves to monks (really) – there are some cool stories here.

And after these stories inspire you, be sure to share your own legendary North Dakota adventure, tip, photos and fun – we’re even giving away prizes! RUlegendary.com

 

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