Southeastern North Dakota Offers Beauty, History and Excitement
BISMARCK, N.D. – With significant visitor traffic coming to North Dakota from Minnesota and Wisconsin, the southeastern portion of the state is like a gateway brimming with attractions and entertainment. From urban escapes to rural history, there are a variety of ways to enjoy summers in southeastern North Dakota.
Bagg Bonanza Farm and Bonanzaville – Agricultural is well woven into North Dakota’s history and current way of life. Bagg Bonanza Farm near Wahpeton is North Dakota's only restored bonanza farm, while Bonanzaville in West Fargo is filled with historic artifacts from North Dakota’s settlement days. Both showcase what life was like generations ago on the frontier prairie of North Dakota and how it set the stage for our state today. Learn more.
Coteau des Prairies – This rustic, yet refined lodge in Rutland embodies the legacy of the multi-generational farms from the region. The warm country welcome, hearty homemade meals, outdoor expeditions and hands-on farming fun makes this lodge a unique escape for families, groups or business retreats. Learn more.
Chahinkapa Zoo – Meaning “end of the woods,” this zoo is situated adjacent to the Red River in Wahpeton. Open April through August, the zoo offers educational classes, camping and special events in addition to being home to more than 200 animals from 70 species and six continents. Learn more.
Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel – This Hankinson attraction is filled with activities from its casino, hotel and dining options to its unique 27-hole golf course and convention center that hosts national bands, comedians and Vegas-style shows. Learn more.
Downtown Fargo – Food, shopping, live music, art and more. Fargo is North Dakota’s largest city with its downtown offering the best urban flavor and variety. Thousands gather for the street fair each July and there are plenty of quaint pubs and galleries for a more intimate experience. Learn more.
Fargo Air Museum – With a mission to provide aviation education through restoration and preservation, the museum is filled with historic airplanes, large and small scale model planes and engines. Traveling exhibits like the Vietnam Memorial Exhibit or the Aviation History Mural are also on display. Learn more.
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks – Celebrating their “20th season of fun,” the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball team is part of the American Association of Independent Baseball. Baseball America named the 1998 RedHawks the Independent Team of the Decade for the 1990s and they put on a tremendous show every season. Learn more.
Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site - Known historically as "the Gateway to the Dakotas," Fort Abercrombie in Abercrombie was the first permanent United States military fort established in what was to become North Dakota. It was also the only post in the area to be besieged by Dakota (Sioux) warriors for more than six weeks during the US-Dakota War of 1862. Learn more.
Fort Ransom State Park - Nestled in the picturesque and heavily-wooded Sheyenne River Valley, this park is managed as a natural and scenic area, and is located on the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Homesteading heritage is a strong focus of the park and a farmstead within the park provides the setting for twice-annual Sodbuster Days celebrations, with demonstrations and exhibits of early homesteading life. Learn more.
Lake Ashtabula –Created by the construction of the Baldhill Dam on the Sheyenne River in Valley City in 1944, Lake Ashtabula offers boating, fishing, camping, hiking, environmental education, water sports, wildlife viewing and more. Learn more.
Sheyenne River Valley - The tree-lined, rolling hills of this valley are speckled with quaint towns and farmsteads, lending to its American charm. There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of the area, including:
- Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway – This is North Dakota’s first nationally recognized scenic byway and runs from Getchell Township Hall in Barnes County 63 miles south to Lisbon. It has won two national awards from AASHTO and America's Byways for leveraging resources and interpretation. Archaeology, history, culture and recreation are all found along this byway. Learn more.
- Sheyenne National Grassland – More than 70,000 acres of sandy soils, originally deposited as a delta of an ancient river as it emptied into glacial Lake Agassiz, Sheyenne National Grassland is the only national grassland in the tallgrass prairie region of the United States. In addition to being home to several animal species, it also contains one of largest populations of the western prairie fringed orchid, which is on the list of Threatened Species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more.
- Sheyenne Oaks Horse Camp – 45 miles southwest of Fargo, riders have access to terrain unexpected in North Dakota. RV and primitive campsites are available as are cabins, a house and a tipi. Learn more.