North Dakota's West Trip Planner
Welcome to North Dakota's West!
The western region of North Dakota is characterized by spectacular scenery and limitless recreational opportunities. Following suit, full-service hotels, restaurants, shopping and culture can be found in all municipalities. Dickinson is a prime example as one of the region's main, yet modestly populated, centers. Home to museums that document the area's natural and social history, this community also hosts the Roughrider Days Fair and Expo, which showcases rodeo activities along with live entertainment and a midway.
Perhaps the most visited attraction in the state's "wild" west is Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The park encompasses more than 70,000 acres of land and is divided into three sections that stretch from Medora in the south to Watford City in the north. Its roaming wild buffalo herds and cattle ranches are examples of Roosevelt's legacy of resource conservation. Many of the trails are only accessible by foot or horse. The park offers fishing in the Little Missouri River, interpretive programs and hundreds of resident wildlife species. The highlight of the region is the spectacular Badlands of North Dakota. Canyons, bluffs and buttes colored in bright reds and browns comprise the stunning topography and are best viewed at the Painted Canyon Overlook near Medora. Lewis & Clark State Park is located on the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea, east of Williston. It commemorates the expedition leaders that explored a path to the Pacific Northwest through western North Dakota in 1805.