Lewis and Clark’s winter camp in Washburn, North Dakota

What do you do when there are a few inches of snow on the ground? Break out the snow blower? Snow scoop? Ice on the roads? Wait until the city treats the streets? Imagine what it must have been like dealing with a North Dakota winter more than 200 years ago. Strong winds, temperatures as […]

Travels 2016: Enjoying a ‘Legendary’ trip around North Dakota

North Dakota’s tourism slogan is “Legendary.” That’s how I would describe our visit. We knocked a few things off our travel bucket list, including a stop at the Scandinavian Heritage Park and festival in Minot. We enjoyed a jam-packed trip around North Dakota. It all started with a visit to our good friend, Dakota Thunder. […]

Tracing North Dakota’s history in Bismarck

From giant prehistoric fish and dinosaurs to underground missile silos, North Dakota’s history covers about 80 million years. In its earliest days, the Peace Garden State was part of an inland sea. The heritage center and museum in Bismarck tracks the state’s history through various stages of its growth. In all, four galleries offer a […]

Exploring Bismarck

I lived in Grand Forks, ND, for more than five years. I never ventured too far west. I never visited Bismarck during that time. In the past 13 months, Lisa and I have been to Bismarck twice. And we can’t wait to get back there a third time. We spent a couple of days in […]

‘Legendary’ North Dakota road trip, Part 1

North Dakota’s tourism slogan is “Legendary.” That’s how I would describe our visit. We knocked a few things off our travel bucket list, including a stop at the Scandinavian Heritage Park and festival in Minot. We enjoyed a jam-packed trip around North Dakota. It all started with a visit to our good friend, Dakota Thunder. […]

Bismarck’s Papa’s Pumpkin Patch rates among nation’s best

Bismarck’s Papa’s Pumpkin Patch ranks among the nation’s best. The Travel Channel has named the pumpkin patch one of its top 10 pumpkin spots five times, including this year. It’s easy to understand why. The pumpkin patch offers an enjoyable visit, which can last an hour or so or stretch throughout the day. Papa’s Pumpkin […]

Welcome to Spring

It’s here! It’s here! Not the new phone book (Steve Martin fans, smile). Spring. Spring time is upon us. Time to put away the heavy coats, mittens, scarves and galoshes. Time to break out the windbreaker, umbrellas and sneakers. Ah, yes, spring time. Does anything beat spring, with trees sprouting new leaves and new flowers […]

Presidents Day: Midwesterners who served in the White House

About a third of American Presidents (15 of 44) have Midwestern roots. Can you name them? Only kidding. The quiz comes at the end of the post. We’ve visited seven locations related to our presidents, with six of them belonging to the Midwest. In addition, Rapid City, SD, is home to Mount Rushmore, honoring four […]

Bismarck cruise provides relaxing evening on Missouri River

We enjoyed a wonderful and peaceful cruise on the Missouri River as a night cap for our recent visit to Bismarck, North Dakota. The Lewis and Clark Riverboat offers a 90-minute evening cruise. The river was calm during our trip. Looking out toward the shore, it felt like we were on a giant lake. The […]

Mandan’s Fort Lincoln State Park covers region’s history

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park allows visitors an opportunity to see history upclose. The park is home to a Native American village from the 16th century, as well as the last home known to George Armstrong Custer. The park is located in Mandan, next to Bismarck. The Mandan tribe has lived in the central North […]

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