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One Tank Trip for North Dakota Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
102 miles – 1 hour, 46 minutes
We’re going to let you in on a little secret. North Dakota is the 17th largest state, but has steadily maintained a population of around 600,000 since becoming a state making it one of the few states widely untouched. Which can only mean one thing, endless miles of pristine, natural beauty and many urban areas to keep it exciting and interesting!
Where would you like to start today? How about Fargo? Located on the border of Minnesota, Fargo has been an important crossroad and economic center since 1871 and today is no different with a wide variety of cultural and shopping opportunities within and surrounding the city. Start at the Fargo Air Museum, a huge draw for kids, enthusiasts and those looking to expand their travels with a little something different. The museum contains a large collection of historic Warbirds, too numerous to name here, but we promise, they will all bring a smile to your face no matter your age. The museum also hosts several events throughout the year and contains many exciting exhibits. Now that you’ve got your legs warmed up, head over to Bonanzaville, USA, the areas largest historical attraction. Encompassing 15 acres, you’ll find many historic buildings and a whopping 400,000 artifacts to peruse. The collection contains everything from airplanes and antique cars to farm equipment. What a great way to spend a warm spring day. Travel across the state line into Minnesota to Moorhead, the sister city of Fargo and treat yourself to an exploration of the areas rich Norwegian heritage at the Hjemkomst Center. The center is a full-scale replica of the Hopperstad Church in Vik, Norway and stands as a symbol of pride for many. There is a large array of outdoor events held throughout the year, and the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival is one of the largest in the area. Within the center, you will find artifacts, archival documents and many photographs who that the story of first settlers to the area. The centerpiece of the center is a viking ship, now permanently housed within the center, and was actually sailed to Norway by its builder in 1984.
66.8 miles – 69 minutes
Let’s move on to our next stop, Valley City, about 62 miles away via I-94W. Known as the “City of Bridges”, there are approximately 8 throughout the city and a self-guided tour is the best way not only to see the bridges, but also to find all the hidden treasures of this small town. Within short distance of Valley City, you have easy access to the most beautiful areas of the Sheyenne River Valley, including Clausen Springs where miles of hiking trails are waiting for you to explore. If you feel like taking a little side trip, make your way to the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway that stretches 63 miles from Baldhill Dam to Lisbon. You’ll be following in the ancient footpaths and pioneer wagon trails. Depending on the season, the entire valley is filled with great opportunities for skiing, fishing, birding, biking or canoeing.
37.1 miles – 36 minutes
To get to our last stop, return to I-94W for a little over 36 miles and you’ll be in the heart of Jamestown. By far one of the most scenic destinations in North Dakota, Jamestown has much to offer in the way of activities and exceptional natural beauty. You can’t visit the town known as ‘Buffalo City’ without visiting the National Buffalo Museum, which does an exceptional job of preserving the history of bison on the Great Plains from prehistoric past to the present. Make your way to Frontier Village and you’ll not only see the world’s largest buffalo monument, weighing in at a whopping 60 tons, and around 26 ft. tall, but you’ll also get the chance to step back in time and see what life was like when this area was first settled. Frontier Village contains around 24 buildings, filled with a large display of antiques and artifacts that bring the prairie pioneers to life. And for those of you who can’t get enough of Louis L’Amour, Jamestown’s favorite son, there’s a shack onsite with his complete collection of works, with many volunteers there to answer questions about his work, history and life. If you’re looking for a unique gift to take home with you, the Village has several shops with wonderful handmade wares, including leather goods. Before you leave, take advantage of the stagecoach and pony rides to round out your trip to the past. Fort Seward is another must see for any traveler to the area. Once an active military outpost Jamestown sprang from, the site now houses many artifacts excavated from the grounds and an interpretive center. With sweeping views of the James River Valley, the grounds are a good place to spread out a blanket and have some lunch or a snack and talk about your return trip to the area next year!
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