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Excitement and adventure have a new address. From Lewis and Clark to Native American culture, North Dakota delights visitors with its western heritage and groovy lore.
Start the trip in true pioneer fashion at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn. It’s complete with a replica of the expedition’s 1804-05 winter quarters as well as other displays of Native American interest, and it’s a great place to pick up the old Lewis and Clark Trail as it winds its way northward.
Continue the trek west on Highway 200, to historic Stanton. Follow in the footsteps of early pioneers by learning more about the Native American tribes that inhabited North Dakota at the Knife River Indian Villages Historical Site. This site contains over 50 archaeological digs, and numerous artifacts. Discover how to interpret the artifacts at the earthlodge and visitor centre on the grounds, and learn how these early Americans lived. Then head to Lake Sakakawea State Park to enjoy a wide range of water sports, like boating, kayaking, fishing, or simply stroll around the lake and savor the untamed beauty of the area.
While in North Dakota why not head up to the Fort Union National Historic Site? Built near the junction of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in 1828, Fort Union was headquarters for fur trading between American pioneers and Native Americans. The longest-lasting fur trading business in the United States, Fort Union has undergone extensive reconstructions, so as to preserve its unique place in American history. Tour the Fort’s huge wooden structures and snug, little nooks, to experience a place where, for a time, Frontiersmen and Native Americans peacefully conducted business.
North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center