10 Reasons to Visit North Dakota This Summer

reasons to visit north dakota this summer

Want to visit North Dakota? There is no better time than right now!

Summer is the perfect time to visit North Dakota, with pleasurable weather and no shortage of outdoor activities to immerse yourself in. Check out our to do list for this summer below:


1. To Take a Guided Mountain Bike Tour on Maah Daah Hey Trail

Maah Daah Hey Trail connects the Southern and Northern halves of Theodore Roosevelt National park, and gives you free reign through North Dakota’s rugged badlands and ample wild life. With many types of terrain, there are plenty of challenges to keep things interesting for any type of rider.  This mountain bike tour is the perfect reason to visit North Dakota this summer.

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2. To Catch a show at Burning Hills Amphitheater

Smack in the middle of the rugged North Dakota, lies a quaint and colorful stage that is home to the Medora Musical and other country concerts. Visit North Dakota and sit near the top of the Burning Hills Amphitheater to enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the badlands. visit north dakota

3. To Relax in the International Peace Garden

Found near the Canadian border, North Dakota’s International Peace Garden is full of trails and lush gardens to celebrate peace between the two nations. The Garden is a perfect summer retreat. Read a book among the wildflowers and waterfalls, or by one of the two pristine freshwater lakes. visit north dakota

 4. To Dig In at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue

Featured by the Food Network, the Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora serves up some of the juiciest steaks on pitchforks and fondues them western style.  Visit North Dakota and you can be a part of this steak buffet any evening this summer. visit north dakota

 5. To Hike through Theodore Roosevelt National Park

With more than 70,000 acres of North Dakota’s badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has a lot of miles to be hiked. From painted canyons to peaceful valleys, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has trails for all different levels of experience. Have you already been to Theodore Roosevelt National Park? No problem, North Dakota has 13 different State parks to explore. visit north dakota

 6. To Go Fishing at Lake Sakakawea

With plenty of walleye, perch and salmon to spot, Lake Sakakawea was rated by top anglers as one of the best fishing lakes in the United States. If you’re looking for something a little less crowded, you can also try Lake Metigoshe, where you can find Pike, Walleye, Bluegill and Crappie. visit north dakota

 7. To Cruise the Enchanted Highway

90 miles west of Bismark, take exit 72 to discover the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures (7 in total). Local artist Gary Greff started this project, with a goal of attracting more people to the small town of Regent. visit north dakota

 8. To Canoe down the Little Missouri River

Named the only marine spot in North Dakota to be classified as a State Scenic River, the 274 mile Little Missouri will take you through Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Little Missouri National Grassland, and the Sully Creek State Recreational Area. Get a workout while experiencing some of North Dakota’s best scenery.  visit north dakota

9. To Dance at the Fargo Blues Festival

Fargo Blues Festival is a two-day festival (August 14-15) that features world-class bands, great food, plenty of beverages and on-site camping. This year, Keller will be headlining as he plays as a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. visit north dakota

 10. To Be a Part of North Dakota’s Original Cruise Night.

Take a stroll down the sidewalk in Fargo to see tons of classic cars in Cruisin’ Broadway 2015. Dates are: Thursday, August 6 – 5pm-9pm Thursday, September 3 – 5pm-9pm visit north dakota Looking for more things to do in North Dakota this summer? Browse all that North Dakota has to offer right here. This post was sponsored by ND Tourism. 

Media Credits: Burning Hills Amphitheatre, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Steak Fondue, Fishing, Canoe, Blues Festival, Cruise Night


  • Sumoflam says:

    Marteen: Great post! Enjoyed visiting your blog and will visit a bit more as time permits. Thanks for dropping by mine as well.

    Many give ND a bad rap. Personally, I think it is a great place to visit (except in the winter…)

    Safe travels and ENJOY THE RIDE!!


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