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Visiting unusual and hard-to-find hidden gems is easily one of my favorite ways to experience a new place. I’ve ventured off the beaten path and found hidden gems in my backyard and brand-new places. Therefore, it’s only natural to find some hidden gems in North Dakota too.
I love knowing about the spots only locals know about or visiting the extremely quirky and weird roadside attractions. Some people consider North Dakota off the beaten path in general and there is good reason to think so – it is one of the most underrated states in the United States.
However, there are plenty of outdoor adventures and city life in North Dakota. While North Dakota may be a bit off the beaten path for some, I discovered some ways to go even further off the beaten path in the Sioux State.
Hidden Gems of North Dakota
Scandinavia Heritage Park
Located in Minot, the Scandinavia Heritage Park pays homage to Scandinavians. The park features something from each Scandinavian country – a Swedish Dala horse, a Finnish sauna, a Gol stave church, and more!
This is definitely a highlight for us as we love everything Scandinavian.
The Village of Murals
With only about 75 residents, the town of Jud is located roughly 35 miles south of Jamestown. Normally, you would drive right through this town. Don’t blink or you’d miss it kind of deal!
Nevertheless, there is at least one reason to visit Jud though – it’s known as the ‘Village of Murals.’
I love street art and murals. It’s even more unique that such a small town is known for this.
The Geographical Center of North America
The very center of North America, geographically speaking, sits right in Rugby, North Dakota.
The location is marked by a 15′ tall rock obelisk, a US, and a Canadian flag.
Cows – my favorite thing! ‘Salem Sue’ stands at almost 40 feet and you’ll find her near New Salem, North Dakota. Sue was built in 1974 and takes home the title of the World’s Largest Cow.
That’s reasoning enough for me to visit!
World’s Largest Buffalo
North Dakota may have the World’s Largest Cow but they didn’t stop there! The state is also home to the World’s Largest Buffalo.
Known as ‘Dakota Thunder’, the buffalo was built in 1959 and reaches a whopping 26 feet in height. North Dakota really likes their large animal statues and that oddly makes me very happy.
Hilltop Viking Statue
In 1972, a Viking statue was built to honor the fact that many people in North Dakota believe to be descended from Vikings. North Dakota is starting to sound more and more like our kind of place.
We love, love, love Scandinavian and Viking history.
Hidden Gems of North Dakota Overview
In conclusion, North Dakota is full of hidden gems if you know where to look – everything from large animal statues, outdoor gems, Scandinavian and Viking history galore, a tiny town full of murals and so much more wait for those ready to get off the beaten path in North Dakota!
Do you know of any off-the-beaten-path destinations or hidden gems in North Dakota??