Fresh Air and Wide Open Spaces - A North Dakota Family Vacation #NDLegendary

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Fresh Air and Wide Open Spaces - A North Dakota Family Vacation #NDLegendary

North Dakota is a land of fresh air and wide open spaces. Parts of the state still seem to be untouched by modern activities. I guess that is why I love it there so much. The boys and I visited the state last year on our #70DayRoadTrip, and have been itching to go back ever since. It is the wild frontier and adventurous spirit of the state that draws you in and makes it such an ideal location for a family vacation. There are a wide range of family friendly activities available for those who love outdoor and adventure travel. Check out some of our favorites below.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

This sprawling park named after the former U.S. president has both a North and South unit. The boys and I camped here during our visit last year, and had an incredible time driving through the Badlands. You can explore the park's vast lands by canoe, horseback, by foot with one of the many hiking trails, or in the comfort of your car as you drive the loop to view bison, prarie dogs and other wildlife.

Boating at Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Dam
The shoreline of this expansive lake is in stark contrast to the Badlands, but is a welcome refuge for those looking for some water-based fun. Boating, sailing and fishing are popular activities here. Prefer to stay out of the water? The area is very popular for bird watching as well.

Wildlife Viewing on the Maah Daah Hey Trail
If you want to see a wide range of local wildlife, then the Maah Daah Hey Trail is your best bet. This 98-mile bike trail connects the North and South units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park that I mentioned earlier. This trail is full of bison, golden eagles, coyote, bighorn sheep and more.

Step Back in Time at Bonanzaville USA

Bonanzaville USA is the perfect educational tool that just feels like pure fun. Step back in time with this recreated town that places you back in the time when the state was first settled. Enjoy walking through a blacksmith shop, log cabin, general store, drug store, saloon, bank, barbershop and more.

Learn About Legendary Cowboys
Step back in time and learn about the lives of some of the best cowboys to walk the West at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. Here you will hear the stories of legendary Native Americans, ranchers, rodeo riders and other pioneers of the North Dakota plains.

Explore Native American Culture

The Knife River Indian Villages are the perfect way to learn about Native American culture in North Dakota. Here, visiting families can explore a reconstructed Hidatsa earth lodge, traverse 15 miles of trails and walk through the exhibits at the on-site museum.

Whether you enjoy educational museums, historical attractions, hands-on adventure or outdoor fun, North Dakota has a list of family-friendly attractions for you. Head to for more information or to start planning your family vacation today! See why wide open spaces and fresh air make the perfect backdrop for a getaway with the kids.

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