Fun Travels Across the United States
Good News for North Dakota's State Fair
TheNorth Dakota State Fair in Minot is one of the biggest events in North Dakota and it keeps on getting bigger, according to statistics released by the State Fair. A total of 318,248 people attended the fair, an increase of 19,171 over 2017. Nearly perfect weather was a factor in the increased attendance, according to State Fair Manager Renae Korslien. Nickelback was the most attended concert, with 16,626 people watching the show. Other concert numbers included 11,876 for Dierks Bentley, 10,846 for Florida Georgia Line, 8,159 for Cole Swindell, 6,895 for Kip Moore, 5,286 for Michael Ray and 4,211 for Cheap Trick.
GLOW Coming to Bismarck-Mandan
The 62nd meeting of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers will take place in Bismarck-Mandan, September 10-13, 2018, at The Baymont Inn and Conference Center in Mandan. AGLOW is one of the oldest outdoor communicators associations in the country. The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) started with a handful of outdoor media professionals and has grown to more than 400 members that comprise a dynamic organization of writers, editors, publishers, broadcasters, authors, lecturers, photographers, artists, electronic media specialists, bloggers, outdoors industry representatives and tourism professionals. Working together, they promote the conservation and responsible use of our outdoor resources. AGLOW members have diverse media distribution outlets by both embracing traditional media outlets and being at the forefront of evolving technologies and trends in media.
Runner's World Praises TRNP Trails
Runner's World Magazine recently selected the Upper and Lower Paddock Creek Trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, naming them among the Incredible Road Trip Destinations for Runners.
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Ranked among the countries top 10 family campgrounds by ReserveAmerica, the retreat offers a long list of activities including ice-skating and sledding.
Dakota Waters Resort
The well-known Dakota Waters Resort is now under new ownership and offering boat rentals, camping, cabins and more! 701-873-5800
What to See & Do
Take Advantage of Fall Travel
With the turning of the leaves and kids heading back to school, it’s a sure sign fall is on its way. Which means a slowdown, right? Not so fast! Many segments of the travel sector love to travel in the fall. Many international guests travel to the region because flights get cheaper and are more available. The weather is still nice. The lines, though never that long, seem to become non-existent. There are seniors that assist in taking care of grandchildren during the summer, so as the kids head back to school, grandpa and grandma hit the road.
Fall is festival season as well, from pumpkin patches, apple picking and tailgating to the United Tribes International Powwow and the Norsk Høstfest. Please keep the welcome mat out for a few more weeks, you never know who might stop by.
The Dakota Zoo - Well worth a visit!
The Dakota Zoo, home to more than 600 different animals, is a great place to visit -- and, to see bison, mountain lions, prairie dogs, and other native animals all in one location. It's a place for all ages, from the Land O'Lakes Ice Cream Parlor, a play area, and the Antler Trading Post. Board one of the Leach Express and Tribune Express trains for a real treat, and don't forget your camera because the animals are waiting to pose for you! Admission is reasonable with children under two entering free of charge, kids 2-12 are $3.50, and 13 and up are $6.50. During winter months the rates are reduced.
Located in Bismarck, (701) 223-7543. Summer hours (April 23 to September 28) for the zoo are 10 am to 7 pm daily, except when there's inclement weather and the zoo is closed.. Grounds close at 7:30 pm. From June 4 to August 20 hours are until 8:00pm, while winter hours from October until April 24 are from 1 pm until 5 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Unique cafe, coffee shop and clothing store Terra Nomad opened
-- on Main in Bismarck.
This new pool facility is home to the area’s first drop-slide and a large water playground. It’s a great way to beat the summer heat! www.fargoparks.com
Thunder Road Fargo
Fargo’s premier family fun park now has Laser Tag! The 5,000 square foot, multi-level arena lets you compete one-on-one or as part of a team in a post-apocalyptic world. 701-282-5151 or www.thunderroadfargo.com
Where to Eat
District Waterhouse and Kitchen, described as multicultural dining, recently opened
Everything is made from scratch and it is "big" on gluten-free dishes, vegan options and dairy-free options.
Located at 3179 Bluestem Drive in West Fargo.
--- turning a home-brewing hobby into a business.
Kitchen Gremlin and Arcade
-- has opened at 402 Broadway. Formerly John Alexander's and Juano's, Arcade features free darts and games from the 80, in addition to a restaurant.
Fort Ransom Memorial Bridge
Fort Ransom has recently refurbished the swinging bridge over the Sheyenne River and renamed it the Fort Ransom Memorial Bridge. The bridge is now the newest attraction on the Sheyenne National Scenic Byway.
Fremond Dinner Train
Wine and dine along 18 miles of track while taking in the picturesque Elkhorn River Valley. Delicious food and special entertainment highlight the journey.
Location: 1252A 41st Ave. NW, Garrison, ND; 701-337-5576 view website
Fort Stevenson State Park will be hosting its annual Maple Sugaring Day in April. Come out and see how to make maple syrup in North Dakota. Park staff tap box elder trees for sap and boil it down to syrup. We bet you didn't know that Box Elder trees are in the maple family. Come out and learn the tools needed, see the trees tapped and watch the boil down process. A free will pancake and sausage breakfast will be served to those interested in trying pure maple syrup.
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Scotts Bluff National Monument
This majestic bluff served as an iconic landmark for pioneers. Today, you can drive or hike to the summit and see remnants of the Oregon Trail.
For information on Grand Forks or special events, please contact the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-746-0444 or e-mail email@example.com
What to See & Do
This eastern North Dakota lake boasts seven boat launches and 2,492 acres. It also features a stocked fishing pond and great walleye, crappie and pike fishing. Take a break from casting and check out the two swimming beaches, three miles of hard-surfaced walking and biking trails and the world-class disc golf course.
2 miles north of Jamestown
Stutsman Harley Davidson
You don’t have to own a Harley to ride one anymore! Stutsman Harley Davidson is now renting bikes to the public so anyone can enjoy the thrill of the open road. 701-252-5271
Where to Stay
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Jamestown, is now open
For information, contact web site www.jamestownsun.com
What to See & Do
Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles
A tribute to the workhorses of America's armed forces, this kid-friendly museum is home to a variety of military vehicles including Jeeps, helicopters and tanks.
Harvest Brazilian Grille is closed to general public to focus on special events and catering.
Medora Family Fun Center
The Medora Family Fun Center is another great attraction the whole family will enjoy when it heads out to Medora. It features a bungee jump, rock climbing wall and the world’s largest inflatable wet slide! 701-623-4444 or www.medora.com/
Von Hoffman House
This newly-restored historic house features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. The home was originally built in 1884 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. 701-623-4444
A fun spot to shop, dine or just hang out, this renovated warehouse district offers an eclectic collection of galleries, stores, restaurants and activities.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
Visitors will have a one-of-a-kind experience with interactive touchscreen exhibits and new artifact collections in this completely renovated, world-class museum that tells the story of Lewis & Clark as never before.
The Upper Missouri River
The Missouri River enters North Dakota from Montana just west of Williston. The free-flowing river offers a good setting for sauger in the spring and fall. And at the western reaches of the river in North Dakota, anglers can find one of the better spots in the country to snag a giant paddlefish in late spring.
4904 119th Road NW
Epping, ND 58843
Named for the American Indian woman who helped guide Lewis & Clark 200 years ago, this lake is filled by the Missouri River and contained by the Garrison Dam. The huge lake covers more shoreline than the state of California and is home to walleye, northern pike and Chinook salmon, to name a few.
781 N 42 1/2 Ave NW
Pick City, ND 58545
Central Missouri River
The stretch of river is home to nationally renowned walleye fishing. And just south of Garrison Dam is an area known as the Tailrace, which is home to state records for Chinook salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout that were caught within 20 miles downstream of the dam.
Riverdale, ND 58565
This lake stretches from Pierre, S.D. into extreme and rural south-central North Dakota. Anglers can find walleye and northern pike in this area, but there’s also crappie, catfish and white bass swimming around.
Fort Yates, ND 58538
The state’s largest natural body of water has roughly quadrupled in size since 1993, and fish populations have kept up. You'll find northern pike, walleye, white bass and crappie and excellent ice fishing in the winter.
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Devils Lake North Dakota Tourism Overview
This very fertile prairie lake grows large numbers of Walleye, Northern Pike, White Bass, it has earned the reputation of being the “Perch Capital of the World” and has been ranked as one of the top five fishing lakes in the US. Perch weighing more than two pounds are caught quite frequently. In the fall hundreds of thousands of waterfowl migrate through the area and give both local and visiting hunters outstanding hunting opportunities. Devils Lake derives its name from the Native American name Miniwaukan (”Spirit Water”). Early explorers incorrectly translated the word to mean “Bad Spirit” and bolstered by the many legends of drowned warriors and lake monsters. The name evolved into Devils Lake.
Tucked within the scenic Turtle Mountains and straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, Lake Metigoshe is one of the cleanest natural fresh-water lakes in North Dakota. Its many surrounding small bodies of water are perfect for an afternoon on the water chasing pike, walleye and bluegills.
16 miles Northeast
Bottineau, ND 58318
Red River of the North
Forming the boundary between Minnesota and North Dakota, this river serves as one long recreational playground for canoeing, boating and fishing opportunities year-round.
161st Ave. NE
Pembina, ND 58271
Rodeos and powwows are important parts of North Dakota culture. Eight seconds seems so long when you're watching a cowboy hang on for dear life. From national professional events to local high school competitions, rodeo isn't just a sport in North Dakota, it's a feel-the-dirt-in-your-teeth way of life. The Algonquin word "pau wau" was the Native American word some of the first Europeans associated with dancing. Although pau wau meant "he dreams" to the Algonquins, the term was eventually accepted by Europeans to refer to dancing, later being spelled "powwow."
Powwows were originally held in the springtime to celebrate the beginning of new life, but are now held throughout the year. The celebrations often have religious significance, but are also a time for people to gather, sing, dance, feast, pray, renew old friendships and make new ones. These celebrations are still an important part of life for many American Indians.
For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
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The North Dakota Tourism Division has seen “smashing success” at international travel shows this year, with interest in adventure and western attractions at an all-time high, according to Fred Walker, International Travel Marketing Director. Since January, Walker has attended international travel shows in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, Casper, Wyo., Las Vegas, and, for the first time, Australia.
This was the first time representatives from outside the coastal United States attended the Discover America Australian Expo in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Walker stated that he, along with representatives from Montana and Wyoming, were “mobbed for information.”
The Australia show was an intense showcase of destinations directed at travel agents across eastern Australia. There were 976 agents in attendance along with 41 travel media and 30 tour operators during the 4 days. “Encouraging international travel is an important part of our marketing efforts,” says Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman, “This year we see the entire United States selling well from an international destination perspective, and our North Dakota numbers were the best of any year to date.”
Another highlight of the international marketing show efforts was the 31 meetings Walker attended with interested industry representatives at ITB Berlin. This travel and trade show is the world’s largest and North Dakota was exposed to more than 11,000 trade visitors and 177,000 consumers during the show.
Where to Stay
Microtel Inn & Suites Stanley 77 rooms
The Watford Watford City 77 rooms
Residence Inn by Marriott Bismarck 92 rooms
Cobblestone Inn Killdeer 44 rooms
Souris Valley Suites (addition) Minot added 47 rooms
Instead of booking online, travelers are encouraged to call local phone numbers for the most up-to-date vacancy information.