I knew I was in for an adventure as I began my journey through the state of North Dakota. The wide-open spaces and vast, rolling hills stretched out before me as I navigated my way through some of the state’s most beautiful scenery.
My first stop was at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a stunning landscape of rugged badlands, colorful canyons, and winding rivers. As I rode through the park, I marveled at the incredible rock formations and the wildlife that called the area home, from bison to pronghorns to coyotes.
Next, I headed to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, where I learned about the intrepid explorers who journeyed through the state more than 200 years ago. The center features interactive exhibits, artifacts from the expedition, and a replica of the keelboat used by Lewis and Clark.
From there, I rode to the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, which served as a military post in the late 1800s and was the site of General Custer’s last stand. Today, visitors can explore the reconstructed cavalry buildings, hike through the surrounding hills, and even camp overnight in the park.
My fourth stop was at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, where I delved into the rich history and culture of the state. The museum features exhibits on everything from the state’s Native American tribes to its early settlers, as well as hands-on activities and special events throughout the year.
Finally, I made my way to the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, a 63-mile stretch of road that winds through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the state. From rolling prairies to lush forests to sparkling lakes, this route offers riders an unforgettable journey through the heart of North Dakota.
North Dakota may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of motorcycle riding destinations, but this Midwestern state is home to some truly stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences that make it a must-visit for any motorcycle enthusiast. Here are my top 10 motorcycle riding destinations in North Dakota.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park: This stunning national park features rugged badlands, winding rivers, and colorful canyons that make for some unforgettable motorcycle riding experiences.
- Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center: Learn about the intrepid explorers who journeyed through the state more than 200 years ago at this interactive museum, which features exhibits, artifacts, and a replica of the keelboat used by Lewis and Clark.
- Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park: Explore reconstructed cavalry buildings, hike through the surrounding hills, and camp overnight at this historic military post, which was the site of General Custer’s last stand.
- North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum: Delve into the rich history and culture of North Dakota at this museum, which features exhibits on everything from the state’s Native American tribes to its early settlers.
- Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway: This 63-mile stretch of road winds through some of the most picturesque landscapes in North Dakota, from rolling prairies to lush forests and sparkling lakes.
- Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site: Learn about the Native American tribes that called North Dakota home for centuries at this historic site, which features reconstructed earth lodges and a museum.
- Enchanted Highway: This 32-mile stretch of road features some truly unique roadside attractions, including giant metal sculptures that make for some fun photo opportunities.
- Devils Lake: This beautiful lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water sports, and the surrounding area is home to some excellent motorcycle riding routes.
- Pembina Gorge: Located in the northeastern corner of the state, the Pembina Gorge offers some of the best motorcycle riding terrain in North Dakota, with winding roads and scenic overlooks.
- Medora: This charming western town is home to the famous Medora Musical, as well as a number of historic sites and outdoor recreation opportunities.
From national parks to historic sites to scenic byways, North Dakota has something for everyone. So pack your bags, hop on your motorcycle, and explore all that this beautiful state has to offer.
On your way from meditation to Bismarck, there’s a fun little stretch of road just east of Dickinson (where I grew up) called the enchanted highway. Some farmer put up some artwork at large scale, makes for good pics. I rode by last summer on my retirement ride around the country!
Thanks for the tip Mark, next time we’re in ND, we’ll be sure to check it out.