8 Legendary ways to catch “Spring Fever” in North Dakota

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We're heading to spring, so dust off the clubs, grab the gear and get ready to hit the road. Bikers are biking, runners are running and racers are racing. Don’t get caught on the sidelines. Be part of the action that North Dakota’s great outdoors has to offer. Contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Batter up

Two things are synonymous with spring: Sunshine and baseball. In North Dakota, you can enjoy a sunny day at the ballpark on a modest budget and without fighting big-city traffic. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks minor league baseball team plays at Newman Outdoor Field. You might also catch a high school, collegiate, or amateur game near you. Make memories with your family at a game this year.

Time 'fore' golf

Are you ready to correct that hook or get rid of your slice? Whether you seek an open fairway, plenty of trees, breathtaking views or challenging bunkers, North Dakota has 116 golf courses inviting you to hone your skills. Take your friends on the “Triple Golf Challenge,” or take a road trip and check off courses on the Lewis & Clark Golf Trail.        

Training time

It’s spring training for those interested in getting ready for athletic activities around the state. From the casual hiker to the hard-core competitor, North Dakota has a fitness adventure just for you. Cyclists are gearing up for road races, taking the scenic routes and daring to take on the Maah Daah Hey Trail, while runners look forward to upcoming marathons and fun runs

For the birders

With 63 wildlife refuges and a location smack dab in the middle of the Central Flyway, North Dakota is a top destination for millions of birds and a fair number of birders, too.  The action-packed spring migration season provides astounding opportunities to see birds in their natural habitat, boasting beautiful breeding plumage.  For those interested in birding, be sure to stop by a North Dakota State Park and pick up your checklist and include these upcoming birding events in your spring travel plans.

Ready to ride

Few things are as exhilarating as hopping onto a big two-wheeler, rolling the throttle and rumbling out onto the prairie. The rumble of motorcycles on the open road is music to the ears of some. It means spring has sprung and people are revved up to get back on the roads and scenic byways. If riding across rivers, climbing hills and getting downright dirty is more your style, check out these North Dakota riding areas.

Spring fishing

The spring fishing bite is heating up in North Dakota, and now is the perfect time to plan your trip. To make the planning easy, check out the Hunting and Fishing Guide or Spring Fishing edition of Dakota Country magazine. If you’re looking for the local angler’s perspective, read the updates on Fishing Buddy.com.

For the campers

It’s time to make plans to enjoy North Dakota’s great outdoors. Hot spots on Lake Sakakawea like Indian Hills Resort, Hazen Bay Recreation Area and Dakota Waters Resort are taking reservations, as are hidden gems like Bayshore Resort and Marina on Lake Ashtabula or Beaver Creek Recreation Area near Linton. If adventure camping is what you seek, stay in a tipi at Fort Lincoln State Park, a yurt at Cross Ranch State Park or sleep with the buffalo at Juniper Campground in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

These are just a few ideas to help you enjoy spring and take an adventure through North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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