Western North Dakota

Lake Sakakawea State Park Lake Sakakawea State Park- Located on the south shore of Lake Sakakawea about 72 miles north of Bismarck. The lake is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. It has a full service marina and two large boat ramps. There is a beach for swimming, a campground and cabins, and multi-use trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The North Country National Scenic Trail ends here. When it is completed, the trail will be 4,600 miles long going from New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park. People are encouraged to enjoy the completed parts that are in this park.

Emter Family Dinner Theater - Enjoy a fun-filled evening of superb food and award-winning entertainment at the Emter Family Dinner Theater. The Emter family has received national recognition for their musical talents and accomplishments. Their repertoire consists of heritage-rich polkas and waltzes, grass roots country and Gospel, as well as patriotic and Christmas songs.

Entertainment, Inc! - A season for Entertainment, Inc! begins in September and ends in May of the following year. A season currently consists of five shows, at least one musical and another being a Christmas show.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site - The most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri from 1828 to 1867. At this post, the Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet, Hidatsa, and other tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, guns, blankets, knives, cookware, and cloth.

Gateway to Science Center - Visitors of all ages experience science in a fun way that teaches them how the world actually works. Gateway to science is located at the Gateway Mall in North Bismarck, and offers hands-on exhibits which provide opportunities for all ages to learn about science.

Pioneer Trails Regional Museum - A museum that explores the rich history of the prairies of the Mid West, from Native American civilizations to early settler culture to dinosaur fossils.

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame - The interpretive center for the history of Native Americans, ranching, rodeo, and the western lifestyle of the plains and Badlands.

Dickinson Museum Center - There are several different organizations that together make up the Dickinson Museum Center including: the Joachim Regional Museum, Prairie Outpost Park.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Theodore Roosevelt National Park- Located in western North Dakota. This park is divided into 3 units: the north, south and Elkhorn Ranch unit. The Painted Canyon Visitor Center, located in the south unit, sits on the rim of one of the most spectacular overlooks in the park. It gives you panoramic views of the North Dakota Badlands. The Elkhorn Ranch Unit is the location of Roosevelt’s ranch in the badlands. The North Unit is located near Watford City and has a 14-mile scenic drive that leads to Oxbow Overlook. There are many hiking trails in the north and south units ranging from easy to difficult. Other activities available in the park are biking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and backcountry camping.

Raging Rivers Waterpark - Wild and wet family fun awaits visitors to Raging Rivers Water Park. A full day of fun, the water park has something for everyone to enjoy, from the bathhouse for changing into swimsuits to a fast food restaurant to satisfy your hunger.

Dakota Dinosaur Museum - The mission of the Dakota Dinosaur Museum is to promote tourism by providing a facility to display earth science specimens excavated from the area as a community educational and economic development project.

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center - The new $1.5 million Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Washburn, opened in June of 1997. Among its many features are two remarkable exhibits: A cottonwood dugout canoe and a collection of watercolor prints by Karl Bodmer, the Swiss artist that visited the Knife River Indian villages with the German Prince Maximilian in 1833-34.

North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum - You'll always find something new to see at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Throughout the building special galleries showcase the diverse collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Unique temporary exhibits demonstrate an infinite variety of artifacts and documents, and you'll want to return often just to keep up with these changing glimpses of an exciting past.

Bismarck Art & Galleries Association - Working consistently to stimulate the study and presentation of the visual arts, to encourage and expand participation and appreciation by all persons.

Lewis & Clark Riverboat - Cruise the fabulous Missouri River aboard the Lewis and Clark, 150 passenger riverboat. This all-weather paddlewheeler docks at the Port of Bismarck. Excursion cruises, dinner cruises, moonlight cruises, and pizza cruises are all available for your enjoyment Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Dakota Zoo - North Dakota's largest zoo, housing over 600 animals. There are prairie dogs, mountain lions, bison and other animals native to the region. The Zoo also offers a variety of other fun things to do while visiting such as the Tribune Express or the Leach Express trains, the Land O'Lakes Ice Cream Parlor, a Children's Play Area, and the Antler Trading Post.