North Dakota Bucket List~ West Region

Starting a new state today, our neighbor to the north, North Dakota. This state is split into three regions so I will round out North Dakota next week and begin Minnesota bucket lists next week as well!


  • Fairview Bridge & Cartwright Tunnel: Pedestrian bridge over the Yellowstone River.


  • Lewis and Clark State Park: Located along the upper edge of Lake Sakakawea.

Fort Rice

  • Fort Rice State Historic Site: Military post built in the 1860’s to protect white settlers.

Fort Yates

  • Sitting Bull Burial Site: Sacred burial site of the famed Sitting Bull.


  • Fort Stevenson Guardhouse: Learn history of frontier military.
  • Fort Stevenson State Park: Fun place to camp.
  • Wally the Walleye: Looks over the “Walleye Capitol of the World”.


  • Writing Rock State Historic Site: Plains Indians carved petroglyphs into boulders.


  • Fort Sauerkraut: Fort to built to protect settlers from attacks that never occurred.


  • Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State Historic Site: Site commemorates battle between Sully troops and Sioux Indians.
  • Little Missouri State Park: Park located among rugged Badlands.


  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park: Custer’s last home reconstructed.


  • Painted Canyon Visitor Center: Gorgeous Canyon overlook that is part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park just off the interstate.
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park-South Unit: Gorgeous park in the badlands that features a loop scenic drive with lots of wildlife.

New Salem

  • Salem Sue: World’s Largest Holstein and the site of our engagement!


  • Enchanted Highway: Quirky highway filled with tin art statues.


  • Garrison Dam and Power Plant Towers: Take a tour of this huge hydroelectric dam.
  • Misty the Mermaid: Gorgeous metal sculpture.


  • Fort Clark State Historic Site: Built by American Fur Company for the Mandan Indians.
  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site: Explore the earth lodge formation used by the Mandan Tribe.

Watford City

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park-North Unit: The north unit of this park features stunning views of the badlands landscape along the river.


  • Fort Buford State Historic Site: Site of Sitting Bull surrender.
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site: Fur trading post along the Missouri River that served several Native American tribes.
  • Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center: Enjoy a walking trail along the confluence of the two rivers.

All attractions found in the 2020 North Dakota Travel Guide.


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