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Knife River Indian Village and Lewis & Clark centre, Washburn - The Indian Village is is a National Historic Site, where the remains of a large Indian village complete with lodge. There is a video presentation with information about the tribes that used to frequent the area. The Lewis and Clark centre offers an interactive learning experience about the Indian culture.

Bismarck - Spend a few days in this lovely town, which has beautiful natural scenery and a trendy nightlife with some great restaurants. Soak up the pioneering heritage of yesteryear with a visit the scenic Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park on the banks of the Missouri River. Take a tour through Gen Custer's Victorian house situated in the park.

Fort Totten State Historic Site - This is a well preserved US Army base dating back to the period just after the Civil War, with restored period furniture and historic buildings surrounding the mandatory paradeground.

Outdoors

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Explore the southern park on horseback, or head north to follow the Little Missouri Riverbanks with its weird stone formations and desolate grassy plains. There is plenty of wildlife- numerous bison, prairie dogs and deer call this place home. This park covers 70 000 acres and was created as a memorial to President Rooseveldt by President Truman in 1947.

Devils Lake - This glacial lake offers some excellent fishing and boating . The lake is rather a mixed blessing to locals. It brings in the tourist revenue but is steadily rising and encroaching on the local housing.

Saskawea Trail - Set your pioneering spirit free on this trail of striking contrasts and head out towards the riverside lodging at Fort Mandan. Further on are the Arroda Lakes set between emerald fields and the Missouri river and another Fort - Fort Clark, standing at attention and waiting your inspection.

Moving around

North Dakota is a land of flat endless Interstate road in the East and a more rugged West due to the Missouri Plateau and most travelling is done by car due to vaste stretches of land between towns. Head for a "Welcome Center" sign - for ample tourist and travel information and very welcome restrooms! There are public bus services but their routes are limited. The public rail system is the St Louis Metrorail which is reliable but wont get to all the places that you may want to visit.

National festival and holidays

January 1- New Years Day
January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jnr.Day
February 19 - Presidents Day
May 28 - Memorial Day
July 4 - Independence Day
September 3 - Labour Day
October 8 - Columbus Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 22 - Thanksgiving
December 25 - Christmas Day

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