These Photos Will Change Your Mind About North Dakota

These Photos Will Change Your Mind About North Dakota

Maah Daah Hey Trail North Dakota - JoeBaur

If North Dakota isn’t given much thought by the average American traveler, then that in of itself is a mistake. With a blend of Native American cultures, like Sioux and Mandan, mixing with Norwegians, Fins and Germans — the Peace Garden State could easily make other countries, let alone fellow States, crumble in jealousy.

This is the place where Teddy Roosevelt moved in his formative years, setting off his development into this country’s most badass president. This is where transplants are finding themselves, so they can be part of the exciting revitalization of Downtown Bismarck. This is where things are measured in per capita, like number of golf courses or beer drinkers. This is where phrases like “Uff Da” and “Holy Buckets!” are not complete and utter nonsense, but merely part of the colorful local lingo.

This is where the Badlands come to life and where Roosevelt developed his idea for a system of national parks. This is North Dakota, and sticking with the theme, it is indeed pretty badass.

The Missouri River skirts alongside Bismarck, North Dakota

The Missouri River skirts alongside Bismarck, North Dakota.

Lewis and Clark's last stop before heading out into the unknown.

Lewis and Clark’s last stop in Fort Mandan before heading out into the unknown.

North Dakota's art deco state capital prides itself in being the nation's most efficient capitol building.

North Dakota’s art deco state capital prides itself in being the nation’s most efficient capitol building.

The old tracks at Fort Abraham Lincoln that used to run right up into the Statehouse.

The old tracks at Fort Abraham Lincoln that used to run right up into the Statehouse.

Few things are more relaxing than kayaking a gentle Missouri River.

Few things are more relaxing than kayaking a gentle Missouri River.

Native American earth domes are replicated at Fort Abraham Lincoln.

Native American earth domes are replicated at Fort Abraham Lincoln.

An overlook of the Badlands in western North Dakota.

An overlook of the Badlands in western North Dakota.

A closer look into the beginning of North Dakota's Badlands.

A closer look into the beginning of North Dakota’s Badlands.

A streetside glimpse of Medora, North Dakota in all its western glory.

A street side glimpse of Medora, North Dakota in all its western glory.

The old train Medora train depot stills stands. Here's hoping for a Teddy Roosevelt line someday.

The old Medora train depot stills stands. Here’s hoping for a Teddy Roosevelt line someday.

Teddy Roosevelt's old cabin was moved into the entrance of Teddy Roosevelt National Park's southern unit.

Teddy Roosevelt’s old cabin was moved into the entrance of Teddy Roosevelt National Park’s southern unit.

Cycling the 35-kilometer loop alongside bison, horses, and coyotes might just be the best way to see Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

Cycling the 35-kilometer loop alongside bison, horses, and coyotes might just be the best way to see Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

Locals and travelers alike settle in for the opening night of the Medora Musical's 50th Anniversary.

Locals and travelers alike settle in for the opening night of the Medora Musical’s 50th Anniversary.

Cowboy Lyle has a little chat with the Queen of the West.

Cowboy Lyle has a little chat with the Queen of the West.

Teddy Roosevelt's ranch house stood here in the late 19th Century when the young adventurer made his way west to experience the American frontier before it was completely settled after his wife and mother both passed on the same day. Roosevelt maintained that he would have never been president without his time in North Dakota.

Teddy Roosevelt’s ranch house stood here in the late 19th Century when the young adventurer made his way west to experience the American frontier before it was completely settled after his wife and mother both passed on the same day. Roosevelt maintained that he would have never been president without his time in North Dakota.

A turtle branded onto a post marks the Maah Daah Hey Trail -- a Mandan phrase and symbol for something that has been around for a long time.

A turtle branded onto a post marks the Maah Daah Hey Trail — a Mandan phrase and symbol for something that has been around for a long time.

A final look around western Northa Dakota off the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

A final look around western North Dakota off the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Disclosure: This visit was sponsored by North Dakota Tourism. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Joe Baur
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