Go Outdoors: 10 Things to Do & See in Beautiful North Dakota

This post has been sponsored by North Dakota Tourism, but, of course, all words and opinions are my own.

When you think of North Dakota, you probably think of Fargo and maybe Teddy Roosevelt. But did you know that North Dakota is home to some of the best biking, hiking, fishing, and boating in the country?

It’s true that the state is the least visited in the U.S., but it also may be the most underrated. Here’s a list of ten awesome things to do in North Dakota. And bonus, as the least visited state, you probably won’t have to fight tourists and crowds on your adventures.

1. Hike Crow Flies High

Trek to the top of Crow Flies High just west of New Town, and see the same view that William Clark saw when looking out for Meriwether Lewis. At 2,086 feet above sea level, onlookers will have a postcard-like view of Lake Sakakawea, the Four Bears Bridge and when the tides are low, the ruins of Sanish (the old town was flooded after the completion of the Garrison Dam). While there are no defined trails on Crow Flies High, hiking to the top is very easy, as the terrain is mostly grass.

2. Play a Round at Hawktree Golf Club


Located near Bismarck, Hawktree is an 18 round links-style design golf course. The course utilizes the natural terrain and native grasses in its design, providing breathtaking views at every hole. Hawktree is open to the public and boasts a wonderful restaurant so you can relax and enjoy a meal after the round.

3. Drive and Picnic on the Enchanted Highway

Located in the southwestern part of the state, the Enchanted Highway features a collection of the world’s largest scrap metal structures. Each larger-than-life structure has a car pull-out and some have picnic areas. The highway, conceived by artist Gary Greff, stretches 32 miles between the towns of Gladstone and Regent. And if you’re wanting the full Enchanted Highway experience, stay for a night at The Enchanted Castle in Regent.

4. Bike Theodore Roosevelt National Park


Located in the heart of North Dakota’s badlands, the Maah Daah Hey Trail at Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a hidden gem and a biker’s dream. Biking through the park is a great way to see all the park has to offer. In addition to the trail, all paved roads in the park are open to bicycles, and there are many pull-outs for bikers to stop, rest, and enjoy the sights of the Badlands (but watch out for bison!).

5. Fish Devil’s Lake

Covering over 200,000 acres, Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota. High populations of Walleye, White Bass, Northern Pike (sometimes as large as 2 feet!) and Perch can all be found in Devils Lake. The lake also provides excellent winter ice fishing and there are many guides nearby to give you the best fishing adventure. It’s well worth giving ice fishing a go if you get the chance (click here to learn more about this).

6. Kayak the Missouri River

Paddling down the free-flowing Missouri River is a great way to spend the day. Paddle from town to town, bird watch, enjoy the sun and stop at one of the many landings or sandbars for a picnic lunch. However, the river can be swift at times so caution must be exercised. Many local companies also offer guided paddle tours for all levels.

7. Catch a Game at Newman Outdoor Field


The field (formally known as “The Nest”) is located on the campus of North Dakota State University and is home to both the North Dakota State Bison and the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Taking in a game is a great way to spend the day (especially on a sunny day) and tickets, food and drinks are reasonably priced (compared to big league parks). Plus, the atmosphere is unbeatable and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Also, while you’re there, check out “Big Bruce,” the world’s largest baseball bat.

8. Shop Locally at the Farmers Market

Many cities and towns in North Dakota host a weekly farmers market. This is an excellent way to meet the growers, learn about local foods and prices are more competitive without the “middle man.” See the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association for more info on dates and locations of farmers markets.

9. Visit Scandinavian Heritage Park


Learn more about North Dakota’s Scandinavian heritage with replicas from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Here you can tour a Stave church, a grass roof Stabbur and a 25 foot tall Dala Horse! The park is free to tour and the grass offers a perfect setting for a picnic.

10. Hike White Butte

At 3,506 feet above sea level, White Butte is the highest point in North Dakota and the 30th highest summit in the United States. The hike itself is fairly easy and is about a two-hour round trip. White Butte is actually on private property owned by the Dennis family and there is a donation box at the trail head to help with the upkeep of the trail. Hikes on the private land can be arranged by calling the Dennis family at 1-701-879-6310.

Traveling to North Dakota

Getting to North Dakota is very easy. North Dakota is served by five international airports (Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, and Williston). There are also eight Amtrak stations in North Dakota. And if you’re into road trips, North Dakota is easily accessible by freeway.

Have you visited North Dakota? I’d love to hear your favorite North Dakota memory. Let me know by leaving a comment below.

10 Things to Do & See in Beautiful North Dakota (sponsored by North Dakota Tourism)


  1. That’s so neat! I’ve only ever been to South Dakota, so close but not quite. Are there any surprises we should check out while traveling between destinations? Like in SD there were all the ridiculous/amazing Wall Drug signs to watch out for as you drove. Completely unexpected, still epic.

    • Wall Drug is an institution! I actually stopped there for a night when I moved from Detroit to Seattle; it was really weird, yet fun. There’s a cool story behind their signs (I know I’ve read blogs about it). ND doesn’t have anything like the Wall Drug signs, but for roadside attractions, the Enchanted Highway is pretty cool. It’s 30 miles of highway that has giant art installations every few miles. It’s definitely a sight to be seen!

  2. Love your post and congrats on scoring a sponsored post for travel..I am trying to do that right now….did you reach out to the tourism board..or they found you?

    I have never been to N. Dakota, but have been to S. Dakota ..its beautiful!!

    Fashion and travel

  3. I love that you suggested visiting a local farmers’ market. They are one of the best ways to meet people, find regional food, get outside and just enjoy the community spirit. Great post!

  4. It’s so nice to see what there is to do in ND. It never occurred to me to visit before. If I wanted to visit, how far are these places from a major airport? Thanks!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I have to admit I did not know much about North Dakota but it seems like a great spot for outdoor lovers! I’d love to be the one riding that bike on your photo!

  6. I have not been, but one of my bucket list items is to visit all 50 state capitals, so I’ll need to go one of these days! My husband loves Teddy Roosevelt, so will definitely want to see the Park! Looks like such a beautiful state, can’t wait to go check it one!

  7. My favorite spot so far is Mineral Falls, the only waterfall in ND! But I’m training to hike the Maah Daah Hey trail and I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing this list; I can add a couple things to my ND bucketlist now! 🙂

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