5 North Dakota Places To Visit

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I am currently in the process of trying to organize everything for the kids and I to go back to North Dakota in a couple of weeks and while doing so I’ve been thinking about all the neat places I want to revisit when I get there. The following list are the top five that come to mind. All five of these are in or very close to the Bakken, which makes them great little day trips for families in the area or neat stops for those who just happen to be passing through.

  1. Lake Sakakawea– Revisiting the lake won’t be too hard since our camper is right there on the lake at Skunk Bay. However, I didn’t get to really explore the area last year before it was time to go back to Kentucky so I’m looking forward to getting to know the Skunk Bay area better. Of course, even before we landed in Skunk Bay, we spent a lot of time at the lake fishing, swimming, walking on the beach, cooking out and even doing homeschool lessons. If there’s one thing I’ve really missed about North Dakota (other than my husband of course) it’s definitely Lake Sakakawea.
  2. Paul Broste Rock Museum– This gem(pun intended) is located in Parshall, ND and is well worth a visit. It’s not only a museum, but also originally served as the home and workshop of the late Paul Broste who, in addition to collecting rock and mineral specimens, was also a poet and an artist. There are some truly amazing rock and mineral specimens along with some really fascinating and unique artwork and poetry. And if you do to make it to Parshall to visit the rock museum I recommend also checking in at restaurant at the Parshall RV Park for a chorizo burrito.
  3. Dinosaur Museum– This is a great little museum in Dickinson, ND. It’s on the smaller side, but it has a really neat in the round kind of layout which works well in keeping the attention of young children. There are a couple of other museums in the same complex that we didn’t get a chance to check out, but that I would like to visit when we go back.
  4. Medora, ND– We visited Medora as a lunch time stopover on our way to Deadwood, SD so we didn’t get a chance to really explore it as much I would have liked to so I’m eager to go back and look around. I can tell you that the stagecoach is a really fun experience, the buildings are really interesting and there appears to be a yarn store there that I’m sure I could get lost in.
  5. Dakota Drug Co.– Located in Stanley, ND, the Dakota Drug Co. is one of the few places in the United States that still has a Whirl-a-Whip machine. In case you’ve never heard of such a thing think of something similar to a blizzard, but tastier. I cannot wait to sink a spoon into one of these delightful little treats!

What are some of your favorite North Dakota sights to see? Leave me a comment and let me know where I should go when I get back to NoDak!

About chelsea

Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at www.talesofanoilfieldgypsy.blogspot.com. She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at www.beautyofbatik.com. She can also be found working on her other sites www.chelseaniehaus.com and www.urbanagricultureinfo.com. In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.

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