What Are Some Major Tourist Attractions in North Dakota?


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Major tourist attractions in North Dakota include Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Jamestown or Buffalo City, the Plains Art Museum and the Scandinavian Heritage Park. Theodore Roosevelt was an avid hunter and spent time hunting bison in North Dakota in 1883, long before he was President of the United States. Bison are still found in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, along with elk, prairie dogs, deer, and North America's only antelope species, the pronghorn. Hiking, camping and wildlife watching are popular activities.

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Buffalo City, the local name for Jamestown, one of the state's earliest European settlements, is hard to miss. Welcoming visitors is Dakota Thunder, a 26-foot-tall concrete buffalo that towers over the prairie landscape. Frontier Village, part of the site, is a recreated Wild West town, complete with a post office, church, jail, schoolhouse and more. Stagecoach and pony rides are available during the summer, as are regular Wild West shootouts.

The Plains Art Museum in Fargo combines local artworks, both Native American and European, with exhibits featuring famous artists such as Picasso. One permanent exhibit is the North Dakota Mural, an abstract by James Rosenquist that outlines the state's history.

The Scandinavian Heritage Park, located in Minot, is a collection of recreated European buildings, such as the Gol Stave Church from Norway and a Danish windmill. Even Hans Christian Anderson has his own statue.

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