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North Dakota is full of activities and events year round. Here are a few attractions and events happening across the stateFor more events by city visit the Find The Good Life in North Dakota website.

1.    Time for s’more fun

Get in those last nights around the campfire telling stories and roasting s’mores. Whether you’re traveling by luxury RV, with a pup tent in the back of the pick-up, or trying out a yurt, camping adventures await at any one of the 1,300 North Dakota campsites. Pack the marshmallows, sing some campfire songs and keep an eye towards the sky in case the Northern Lights join your party.

2. Go jump in the lake

Did you know Lake Sakakawea is the largest manmade lakes in the U.S.? Or that the Red River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows north? Surprisingly, North Dakota has more shoreline than California. Take advantage of the last of the hot days and with a dip in or a paddle across any one of North Dakota’s lakes and rivers

3. Antelope to zebras

Did you know the Dakota Zoo is home to over 600 animals? Or that the Red River Zoo features both exotic and endangered species? And, did you know that the Chahinkapa Zoo has animals representing six continents and the Roosevelt Zoo showcases a rare Amur Leopard? This is just the tip of the iceberg that can be discovered at North Dakota zoos.

4. Golf a round

How many courses can you golf in 7 days? North Dakota is home to many wonderful and challenging golf courses that have drawn national attention, and many more that are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. With 116 nine- and 18-hole courses, North Dakota boasts more golf courses per capita than any other state. You might also test your skills on the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail.

5. Cheer on the UND hockey team at “The Ralph” in Grand Forks.

UND is home to many championship athletic teams, including NCAA Division I men’s hockey played at the magnificent Ralph Engelstad Arena. This $104 million arena is nothing but first-class with its granite floors and seats constructed of leather and cherry wood, and is considered by many to be the best hockey facility in the nation.

 6. Find larger than life statues

Drive the open road to find adventure in North Dakota starting with the Enchanted Highway. Stretching 32 miles between Regent and Gladstone, it’s decorated every few miles by some of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures. But, don’t stop there! Head to Jamestown to see the World’s Largest Buffalo, to Wahpeton for the Catfish, Bottineau for Tommy the Turtle, Steele for Sandy the Sandhill Crane, New Salem for Salem Sue the Holstein cow and many, many more around the state!

7. Rev it up!

Cruise on down to the nearest dirt track, drag strip or bike rally. Race tracks all across the state begin their weekly programs, while bikers leather up to explore the scenic routes and enjoy local events. Those who like things fast and furious can get their doors blown off in one-eighth-mile segments at the Magic City International Dragway in Minot.

8. Join “The Herd”

Cheer on the NDSU Bison at the Fargodome located in Fargo, ND. The Bison are the current three-time defending NCAA Division I-FCS National Champions. NDSU has been the face of the FCS division with ESPN bringing Game Day to Fargo twice.

For more events in your area, please check out the Find the Good Life in North Dakota’s website.


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