The state of North Dakota is also called the “Peace Garden state” because of the fact that The International Peace Garden straddles the international Boundary between North Dakota and Canada.
The capital of North Dakota is Bismarck and its largest city is Fargo. The Missouri River flows through the state and creates Lake Sakakawea behind the Garrison Dam. Agriculture is the main means of living in North Dakota.
North Dakota has continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. This state also experiences blizzards, polar fronts, tornadoes, thunderstorms and high winds. Floods are also a spring time due to the blockage of water caused by ice jams in Canada.
North Dakota has many performing arts centers including the Fargo theatre, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Chester Fritz Auditorium and Minot Symphony Orchestra.
Culinary delights abound in North Dakota. Visitors can sample Knoephla soup, lutefisk, kuchen, fleischkuekle, strudel and many other Norwegian and German dishes.
Theodore Roosevelt Park has over seventy thousand acres of prairies and badlands along with the Little Missouri River in order to honor the 26th US president for his work in conservation of natural wealth. Visitors can view the Northern Lights from this park.
Bismarck Art and Galleries Association (422 Front Ave – ND 58501) is the meeting place for artists from all over the nation many times a year when BAGA, the local art association showcases their creations. This includes sculptures, paintings, pottery and Native American arts and crafts. The BAGA gallery is set in a railroad cargo shed that has been renovated and beautifully restored.
Cultural Arts Interpretive Center (3315 University Drive – ND 58504) and its partner Tribal Tourism Organization encourage work by Native American artists. Dakota: the Spirit Lake, Standing Rock Sioux, Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux tribe, Band of Chippewa and Three Affiliated tribes of Fort Berthold. This center also sells art supplies.
North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan (2526th 8th Street – ND 58577) is an interpretive center that honors the experiences of the two greatest explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, in the history of early America. At the center, visitors can enjoy the beauty of Missouri River. Fort Mandan which is about two miles from this Center, displays timber cabins in which Lewis and Clark stayed in 1804 – 1805. The fort is surrounded by an 18 foot high wooden picket that is a replica of the original one they stated in, over hundred years ago.
North Dakota State Railroad Museum (306 6th Ave NW – ND 58554) is in the city of Mandan. This facility commemorates historical railroad enthusiasts who ushered in a golden era of railways in 19th century North Dakota. Items such as old cabooses, tank cars, boxcars, engines and refrigerator cars are included in the exhibits.
Standing Rock (Fort Yates – ND) is a one of a kind stone which give the impression of a crouching figure when the sun hits it at a certain angle.
This is home to about five thousand Sioux Native Americans. This reservation is also a Casino called Prairie Knights.