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Tour North Dakota for free!

Summer vacations can cost a pretty penny… and that’s before you even arrive at your destination. Luckily, North Dakota is rife with fabulously free activities.

Tour North Dakota for free!

Frontier Village, Jamestown

Frontier Village encompasses 24 buildings recreated to mimic those of a prairie town, and other original frontier buildings have been relocated to the property as well. Visit the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot and Kirtpatrick Gallery, enjoy a stagecoach ride and peruse the shops filled with antiques, leather goods, signature North Dakota items and other handmade goods. Frontier Village is also home to the world's largest buffalo monument.

Location: Located at the end of 17th Street, SE, Jamestown, North Dakota

Rates: Admission is free

Phone: 701-320-2725


Celebrity Walk of Fame, Fargo

Located just outside the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau is the Celebrity Walk of Fame, which features more than 110 celebrity handprints and signatures forever captured in cement. Check out signatures and handprints of inductees like Bill Gates, Weird Al Yankovic and Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street Fame (as if they needed further introduction than their first names!).

Location: 2001 44th St. S., Fargo, North Dakota 58103

Rates: Admission is free



Japanese Gardens, Grand Forks

The Japanese Gardens at Sertoma Park were designed in the jyoudo style, which means either heaven, paradise, space or universe… all depending on the context in which it is used. Rocks are carefully positioned throughout the gardens to represent various things in the Japanese garden tradition, and it is home to three Japanese-style rock lanterns. The gardens are a magnificent place to enjoy some meditation.

Location: In Sertoma Park
, 3300 11th Ave. South, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58208

Rates: Admission is free



Scandinavian Heritage Park, Minot

A trip through Scandinavia Heritage Park is chock-full of sights such as the huge red Dala Horse, Casper Oimoen statue, Gol Stave Church museum, Danish windmill, Finnish sauna, beautiful waterfall flowing into serene ponds at a rate of 600 gallons per minute and much more Scandinavian culture and history.

Location: 1020 S. Broadway, Minot, North Dakota 58701

Rates: Admission is free


Phone: 701-852-9161


Eight Bridges Tour, Valley City

Valley City encompasses 11 historic bridges, and eight of these are designated by interpretive panels that explain the story and history of the town. Each bridge is unique in its own way, such as the Rainbow Bridge, on the site of the very first bridge built in Valley City. The current Rainbow Bridge was built in 2004 and is one of the only "Rainbow Arch" bridges still being used today.

Location: Various spots throughout Valley City

Rates: Free



Image courtesy of Frontier Village

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