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Garden of the Gods
Explore Colorado Springs' paradise in one magical stop. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world-class Visitor & Nature Center and museum is the most visited attraction in the region with all new interactive exhibits. Learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the NEW Geo-Trekker theater experience, shown every 20 minutes. Delight in one of Colorado's most photographed views while eating in our glass-enclosed café or from our terrace overlooking Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.
Colorado Butte With a Beautiful View Just east of the Rampart Range section of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains the plains limestone buttes rise randomly across the plains. One of the largest of these rocky islands is Spruce Mountain, situated west of I-25 and north of the small town of Palmer Park, CO. Spruce Mtn. provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy views of Pikes Peak, Rampart Range, the Greenland Open Space, and the Palmer Divide. Douglas County has provided and excellent trailhead which includes a toilet. From the trailhead you can ascend to the top of the butte by a long shallow trail or by a short steep trail. The longer trail adds about a half mile to your hike. On the top of the butte is a shaded loop trail that allows for a tranquil walk among pine and fir groves. Punctuating the stillness, in the spring and summer, is a riot of wildflowers. The trail eventually takes you to Windy Point, where you can look over the edge at the valley 200 ft below, or look out to the south and marvel at Pike's Peak.
Spruce Mountain Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Looking for that summer bite? Or maybe a place to park that Ice Castle all winter long? Well this is it! Adrians Resort offers everything you could need to catch some fish and still feel close to home!
Make sure you ask the employees where the fish are biting. They will be the most helpful!
Andes Tower Hills
Looking to hit the slopes this winter? Andes hills is the perfect mix for your first timer or your experienced vet. 15 different runs to keep you busy all day long. Terrian park, 15 miles of cross country skiing and a full menu at the Whispering Pines Grill, Andes is a must visit this winter!
Found in the small town of Dorset, Minnesota this tex-mex restaurant is one that will keep you coming back for more! Find all your favorites on their huge menu and enjoy the authentic atmosphere. You may find a small wait to eat, but there are plenty of old time shops on the main street to pass by time.
This unusual waterfall and rock formation is located in Judge C. R. Magney State Park of Minnesota. This unique waterfall has half of its stream disappears into a pothole and has had people puzzled for many generations. It may take a hike to get there, but you will not be disappointed!
Grandma's Saloon and Grill
This historic restaurant is located right next to the famous lift bridge near Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota. Come for the food or the drinks and you're guaranteed a great experience and even better food.
"It's a fun and casual atmosphere with authentic area vintage advertisements and collectibles. Grandma's Saloon & Grills give you an eyeful as well as a mouthful."
Starting in Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trial winds 57 miles towards the Canadian Border on a beautiful drive ending at Saganaga Lake. This scenic drive has many opportunities to explore, fish, and camp along the way or you can stay at the Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais! Don't miss out on the great year-around recreational opportunities here!
Originally opened in 1985, the Hjemkomst Center is apart of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history and culture of Clay County, Minnesota. Which essentially, shares local stores to, for and about our community. The museum includes two major local artifacts, the hjemkomst Viking Ship and Moorhead's Hopperstad Stave Church, major and local exhibitions, and regular programming that includes lectures, receptions, and festivals.
M.B. Johnson Trail
Located just outside the Fargo/Moorhead area, the M.B. Johnson Trail is a great trail for beginners, kids and bicyclist alike. This short trail can has a few short climbs and descends with unique features. The trail is labeled as an Easy/Intermediate trail. Trail can be ridden many times and can be a great workout close to town!
Paul Bunyan Trail
The Paul Bunyan Trail is a great place for your next Minnesota family vacation! If you enjoy biking than this is for you, with 120 miles of continuous paved bike path. The Paul Bunyan Trail starts at the Crow Wing State Park and finishes at Lake Bemidji State Park. The trail has great features for everything outdoors year around! There are many hotels, lodges and campgrounds along the trail and is open year around! Make sure to check out there website for more details.
Looking for a thrill ride to get your adrenaline going?.. or how about a lazy river to relax? Or maybe just some family time and some fair games... Look no further because ValleyFair amusement park is your next stop! From high, fast, looping roller coasters, to bumper cars, log flumes and an IMAX Movie screen this place has it all.
The park opens early at 10am each day and daily tickets are just $34. All ages are welcome at ValleyFair, they have rides and games for anyone looking for some fun. Don't worry about packing a lunch because there are many great food options inside the park.
Campgrounds near by
- Minneapolis South West KOA Holiday
- Town & Country RV Park & Campground
- Dakotah Meadows RV Park
Wahoo Valley Bar & Grill
Located in the woods, on the Crow Wing River in Staples Minnesota, this bar and grill is one of a kind. During summer months you can rent tubes and float the river, enjoy a delicious burger and head across the street to Cunningham Park Campground. Winter months pull up on a snowmobile and enjoy the miles of beautiful trails and scenery.
If you have never been to a Zorbaz you must get there at least once in your lifetime! First started way back in 1969 this restaurant is famous for many things, from the huge variety of pizzas, a plate of nachos the size of the table, the homemade drinks and if you're 21 you can enjoy the "shot-ski"! Detroit Lakes is the closest location to us here in Moorhead, MN but they are all over the Minnesota Lakes Area like..
- Detroit Lakes
- Little Pine Lake
- Pelican Lake
- Ottertail Lake
- Cross Lake
- Gull Lake
- Park Rapids
- Pokegama Lake
- Big Sandy
- Green Lake
You can pull up in car, on a boat or snowmobile as you will only find a Zorbaz on or near a lake! Bring all your friends there is room for plenty but make sure to get there early during those busy times because most Zorbaz restaurants are closed during the winter, so that means less time for people to enjoy!!
Bonanzaville, USA is a history museum complex in West Fargo, North Dakota. Bonanzaville, the museum of the Cass County Historical Society, is made up of forty buildings on 12 acres, many of them are historic and from the region. These buildings have been moved to the museum grounds and now form a village setting. This is a must see when you're in town!
Chahinkapa Zoo is an 29 acre zoo located in Wahpeton, ND. This first Zoo in North Dakota, and it is open May - October and by appointment during the winter. Featuring over 200 animals this zoo is sure to exceed all expectations. Right across the road is the Chahinkapa Campground, don't forget to call ahead and get your reservation as they do book up fast!
Drekker Brewing Co. - Brewhalla
Looking for a GREAT local brewery? Look no further because Drekker Brewing Co. has got you covered. With its two locations in Fargo, Drekker has become a local hotspot for family's and friends to get out and enjoy a few beers. Beer is their craft, but claims it is about more than the contents of a glass, it's what happens when a few of those glasses get raised together. Just four guys, crazy about beer and know how to host a great time.
Check out their website and menu:
Fargo Air Museum
Started in 2001, The Fargo Air Museum is a nonprofit organization that serves to promote interest in aviation through education, preservation and restoration. This museum is a fantastic place to learn about aviation, participate in restoration, see full scale pieces of history or even host your special event.
Located just off I-29 interstate, The Fargo Air Museum is an easily accessed pet friendly, must-stop location. North Dakota’s premiere aviation destination, the Fargo Air Museum is home to aircraft of all eras – from the modern MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone to the “most accurate recreation of a Wright Brothers’ flyer the Smithsonian Institute has ever seen.” A “flying” museum, many of the airplanes occasionally take to the sky, a unique feature not found in the vast majority of the nation’s air museums.
Fargo Skydive is a place for your adrenaline junkie to get their fix! North Dakota is know for its flat land and simple life style, but Fargo Skydive brings a whole new element to the state! For beginners or experts they have a jump for anyone! Offering Single and tandem jumps and even student training. Get your blood flowing with these guys!!
Fort Buford And Confluence Center
Historically significant area that includes the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center which tells the story of the confluence of Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, as well as provides the same magnificent view that Lewis and Clark Expedition members enjoyed when they visited in 1805 and 1806. Located one half mile west of the Confluence Center is Fort Buford. Fort Buford State Historic Site preserves the remnants of a vital frontier military post. It is best remembered as the place where famous Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, surrendered in 1881.
Fort Union Trading Post
Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site and its visitor center in the Bourgeois House are open daily throughout the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days. The Trade House, including the trade room and the clerk's office, is open seasonally.
Forum Tower Loop Trail (Mountain Biking)
The Forum Tower Loop is currently the newest trail from the Fargo Moorhead Trailbuilders. The trail is a 1 mile loop that is a moderate rating. This trail goes along the red river and around the Forum Tower! Mostly wooded area with a good mix of short climbs that follow with sending you right back down into the woods! This trail is great for mountain biking, hiking, running and snowshoeing!
You can also make it a longer ride, connecting the Iwen north, south and forum loop to make a 7 mile total ride! Make sure if you are on a bike that you are going counter clockwise on the trails!
Iwen park, located in Fargo, is a great place to get outdoors and do many activities! They have two disc golf courses, mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails and a boat launch into the red river! Iwen parks boasts its scenic views and wildlife in a natural setting alongside the Red River.
Iwen Park North Bike Trail (Mountain Biking)
Iwen Parks North Bike Trail is an easy 4 mile trail in Fargo! The trail connects Iwen Park to Lions Conservancy Park and runs through wooded areas to create a trail that should be suitable for most riders. Alongside the Red River, there is sure to be some great views and wildlife roaming!
Iwen Park South Bike Trail (Mountain Biking)
This a short and fun winding trail. Located at Iwen park in Fargo, this 2 mile trail is a great workout with on and off accelerations and some tight tree spots. This is one of the most popular trails in the Fargo/Moorhead area and is rated as moderate.
Knife River Indian Village
Visit the National Historic Site where in 1804 was the meeting place of Sakakawea and Lewis and Clark! On the remains of an 1845 ancient Indian village, sits a state of the art museum dedicated to preserving the culture of the Plains Indians. The Museum has many things to do like watching orientation film maxidiwiac, art work and many exhibits throughout, Earthlodge, Hidatsa garden and the Village trail (1.3 Miles) that you can walk on and by the Knife River.
This man-made reservoir, with over 1,300 miles of shoreline and stretching over 180 miles, is the third largest in the Nation. Located in North Dakota (near Williston), Lake Sakakawea is a great location for anglers, boaters, swimmers and campers! Also being surrounded by beautiful State Parks, Lake Sakakawea has something for every outdoor enthusiast!
- Lewis & Clark State Park
- Lake Sakakawea State Park
- Fort Stevenson State Park
- Triangle Camp
- Wolf Creek
- Lunds Landing
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan
The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center stands at the crossroads of culture and commerce on the Northern Plains. When Lewis & Clark arrived at the Mandan and Hidatsa villages in 1804, they simply became the most famous of many people who visited in search of knowledge and trade. Today’s visitors will experience engaging exhibits, hundreds of period artifacts, world-class art collections and friendly interpreters who tell the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition like never before. Visitors can step back in time at the reconstructed Fort Mandan, a fully furnished, full-size replica of the fort in which the Lewis and Clark Expedition overwintered in 1804-1805. Their time here was characterized by the hospitality of the Mandan and Hidatsa peoples. In fact, this is where they met and built friendships with such important figures as Sacagawea, Toussaint Charbonneau and Sheheke-Shote.
Maah Daah Hey Trail
The Maah Daah Hey Trail is loaded with amazing scenery and home to many different wildlife. Located in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this 144-mile main trail connects through the Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National park and the Old West town of Medora. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. This trail is ranked as intermediate/difficult but their are plenty of different trails to explore! Seasonal guided tours are offered through Dakota Cyclery Mountain Bike Adventures.
The Medora Musical is a Broadway-styled musical production held nightly throughout the summer in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora. A rotation of specialty acts appear.
Set in the outdoor splendor of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, this professionally produced, high energy, western-style musical show is proudly dedicated to the legacy of America's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent here in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory, this is a show you don't want to miss!
North Ridge Trail (Mountain Biking)
Looking for a challenging, nature filled trail? Check out the North Ridge Trail is Jamestown, North Dakota! This 6 mile one way trail, starts with an overlook of the Pipestem Dam and brings you down, through the woods to the lake shore! Make sure to have your sunscreen and water as they trail will challenge you till the finish!
Overlook Trail (Mountain Biking/Hiking)
Along side the Jamestown Reservoir, this trail is sure to challenge you on a bike or hiking! With a lot of ups and downs, you get to the wonderful scenic overlook spot and can see the reservoir for miles down the way. This trail is a 3 mile loop, with great scenic views and challenging obstacles. Bring water, sunscreen and have a great hike or bike!
Paul Broste Rock Museum
The Paul Broste Rock Museum in Parshall, ND is full of many unique treasures from across the world. Built for the purpose of containing the growing collection, it ranges from beautiful diamonds to shards of glass, agates and other unique items. Be sure to stop and check out this amazing collection if you are in the area!
Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area Trailhead
The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is a hot spot for adventure seekers during any season! With over 2,800 acres of beautiful public land, there is various terrains and trails for whatever activities you enjoy! They have motorized and non-motorized trials and are open to horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, UTV's, ATV's, Snowmobiles and off-high vehicles (OHV).
Pipestem Creek Trail (Mountain Biking)
Looking for a challenging trail? Pipestem Creek Trail is an 8 mile loop just outside of Jamestown, North Dakota. This heart pumping trail is full of scenic views, as it brings you in and out of the woods and along the Pipestem Creek! If you are looking for little less of a challenge, try the outer 3 mile loop! This trail is good for a challenging mountain bike ride, hiking or even an off the road run!
Pitchfork Steak Fondue
Check out Pitchfork Steak Fondue when traveling through Medora, ND. This unique restaurant puts on a meal every night from 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Mountain Time) between the months of June and September. They load up numerous types of meats onto pitchforks and fondue them western style. With enough meat and sides for everyone, you have to give this place a try when in Medora!!
Plains Art Museum
The Plains Art Museum in Fargo is the largest art museum in North Dakota, located in a renovated International Harvester warehouse in the city’s downtown district.
If you’re all about finding local art, this is the place to see it. This free art museum’s permanent collection has over 4,000 local, regional, and national works, including Native American art.
When it comes to museums in Fargo, ND, the Plains Art Museum is a can’t-miss for its rotating exhibitions of 20th and 21st century art.
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Located in Minot, North Dakota, the Scandinavian park was established in 1988. The park features remembrances and replicas from each of the Scandinavian countries. it is believed to be the only park in the world representing all five Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Demark, Finland and Iceland.
The Enchanted Highway
Take a trip down The Enchanted Highway in Regent, North Dakota and witness some of the historic-record breaking sculptures and art! Located at exit 72, approximately 20 miles east of Dickinson via I-94, the Enchanted Highway is clearly marked by road signs and billboards alike, with easy on-off access from the Interstate.
The Pyramid of North Dakota
The historic Pyramid of North Dakota is really the remnants of an early American attempt at missile defense. Built at the expense of 6 billion dollars in Nekoma, North Dakota, the pyramid was developed 1960's. Although you cannot actually explore the pyramid or the building sites, you can take pictures and observe from a gravel road. Check out this incredible piece of American History.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Located in Sandusky, Ohioon the lake Eerie shoreline Cedar Point is a top notch amusement park with over 18 roller coasters and Cedar Point WaterPark next door this is definitely a place you want to put on your list to visit! Sanduskys historic downtown and waterfront shops and restraunts attract many families every year for an unforgettable vacation.
Crazy Horse Memorial
The Crazy Horse Memorial, located outside of Rapid City, South Dakota is a large monument that is still under construction. It will depict the Oglala Lakota Warrior. Riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land. This memorial is years in the making and is a sight to see for most. An attraction for all ages that is part of our history. Many travel to the memorial to see the progress that has been made over the years.
When asked where you might find the largest face in the US, one might think of the Statue of Liberty, whose face is eight feet tall, or better yet, Mount Rushmore, which depicts the visages of four US presidents at around 60 feet or so. However, the real answer lies not far from the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In fact, just 17 miles away in South Dakota is where you’d find the Crazy Horse Memorial which, even in its unfinished state, is the largest face found in the US and the world, for that matter – it measures in at about 87.5 feet.
Seems like an odd fact but the Crazy Horse Memorial is an interesting monument that is still in progress more than 70 years after it was begun.
Free family fun at one of the Black Hills’ original tourist attractions, open to the public since 1936! Dinosaur Park is located on a ridge of sandstone that encircles the Black Hills. Along this ridge dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous have been found. Not far from the park dinosaur footprints have been found.
As you stand on Dinosaur Park with spectacular 100-mile views and look to the east you can see the South Dakota Badlands. Most rocks of the Badlands are too young to have dinosaurs preserved, but fossil mammals are superbly represented. To the west and north of the Black Hills, dinosaurs have been found in great abundance in the basins of Wyoming and on the Northern Great Plains.
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
The SD Air and Space Museum is on of the many things to do in the Black Hills area. With the many fun filled activities and exhibits it is a great places for all ages!
Filled with one of a kinds artifacts and bringing the passion of learning and lifelong love of observation. Also check out the Aviation Hall of Fame while you are there!
Splash Central WaterPark
The WaterPark that is off the beaten path, but has plenty to offer with all the pools, water slides and lazy river. Located in Huron, this water park has something for all ages to enjoy. Olympic swimming pool, free fall drop slide, sea creature water walk are just a few of the awesome attractions this park has to offer. Bring the whole family and rent a cabana for the day.