North Dakota Bucket List ~ East Region

Rounding out the state of North Dakota with a slightly shorter bucket list today. Tomorrow we head into the Minnesota Bucket List series!


  • Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site: Known as the “Gateway to the Dakotas”, this was the first fort in what was to become the state of North Dakota.


  • Turtle River State Park: Small park along the river that is great for camping and hiking.


  • Icelandic State Park: Explore the homesteading spirit of North Dakota at this park with it’s old buildings found on grounds.
  • RSL3 Missile Site: Take a tour of this site built during the Cold War.


  • Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site: Two sites that tell of the Cold War history in North Dakota.


  • “Fargo” Woodchipper: See the woodchipper made famous in the movie at the visitors center.
  • Red River Zoo: Small zoo that is home to many unique “cold weather” species.
  • World’s Largest Wood Baseball Bat: Check out this huge baseball bat when in the area.

Fort Ransom

  • Fort Ransom State Park: This park preserves to homestead farms.

Grand Forks

  • Flood Memorial Marker: Marks the devastating flood of 1997.
  • Japanese Garden: Take a stroll through this beautiful garden.


  • Pembina State Museum: Learn the history of the area along the border and check out the views from the observation tower.

Valley City

  • High Line Bridge: Historic Railroad bridge over the Sheyenne River.
  • Medicine Wheel Park: Unique landmark on the VCSU campus.


  • Ringling Brothers Circus Memorial: Marker dedicated to circus workers who lost their live when a tent pole was struck by lightning.
  • World’s Largest Catfish: Fun roadside oddity photo op.


  • Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site: Explore the trading post and home of Antoine Gingras.
  • Masonic Scenic Overlook: Overlooks the Pembina River and Gorge.
  • Pembina Gorge: Extends from the Canadian border and offers great hiking.
  • Walhalla State Historic Site: Preserves another fur trading site.

All attractions found in the 2020 North Dakota Travel Guide.


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