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Old 03-22-2007, 10:12 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by rickandsandi
WOW! People who have actually gone to North Dakota? Its funny, when you look at our decal map on the door of the Safari every state in the mid USA is filled in BUT North Dakota. Had a great trip in and through South Dakota but never made it north. Found plenty of towns with great camping parks for free, but also some very inexpensive $10 a night spots with full hook-ups.
LOL........ As a North Dakotan, we hope this perception continues. The
quality of life here is fantastic!! My nearest neighbor is 1 mile away (and
there are only 3 within 5 miles), air is clean, very little noise, wildlife like
I've never seen. North Dakota is the #1 birding state in the union.

I moved here in 1999 having lived in Minnesota and Corpus Christi, Texas.
I too had the flat, featureless preception prior to coming here. As I type
the sounds of the spring snow goose migration permiate my homes walls,
between 60 and 70 whitetails are feeding in last years corn field, and a
half dozen wild turkeys are amongst them. Out my kitchen window
yesterday I spotted a juvinile moose cruising toward the lake and the
bald eagles are thick due to their migration as well (saw 6 out the window
yesterday alone).

And fishing and hunting????? Unbelievable!! Eat your heart out Minnesota.
The fishing season never closes here, walleye the year long. Jumbo perch,
and 25# plus northern pike. I'm hoping to draw a moose tag, elk tag, or
the coveted Big Horn sheep tag this year. Long shots, but at least I have
a shot.

Soooo..... Yes, please continue to believe this is a barren wasteland.

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Old 03-22-2007, 01:41 PM   #16
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Well, the Cabelas parking lot in Mitchell, SD is free, if you don't count how much you might spend shopping in their store.

My wife and I often stay overnight at the Rest Stop along I-90 at Chamberlain, SD. This large rest stop sits a bit farther than most off the interstate, high on a hill overlooking the Missouri River, and has one of the prettiest views that you'll see along any interstate highway. Although the Interstate rest stops in SD all say that overnight stays are prohibited we've never had any trouble in that regards, and there is even a highway patrol office at located at this particular rest stop, along with a nice Lewis and Clark exhibit.


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Old 03-22-2007, 02:36 PM   #17
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Many small towns have little campgrounds with free water & electrical & a separate dump station. Primarily because there are many people FROM ND that come back for the short summer. (Noon to 1 pm on the 4th of July) Everyone has either motorhomes or TT's. We took our 28 ft. Safari last summer (wife's family reunion). On the way up stopped at Jamestown to visit her sister, & parked on the street in front of her house for 3 nights. Nobody said a word.
(One summer we were there when a front came through early in the afternoon of the 4th, temps dropped to the 40's & my mother-in-law has never been able to live it down!)
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:42 PM   #18
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To really enjoy these states plan to travel and camp along the Missouri River. This mighty roughed country will make you think about our ancestors settling this wondrous country. Spend some time. Visit in the local cafés. You will meet some really proud Americans who love this country. You will see a country with beauty almost beyond description. Cheap fuel and camping - I'm already worried about you and think you need to spend some time in these grand states.
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:40 PM   #19
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Another way to do it (since most of that awesome wide open ND space is void of wireless internet connection), go to the link (North Dakota Travel Brochures) and order the free travel guide brochure. Then you have a hard copy with all the local campgrounds, etc. Suits my spontaneous style better. It is also available at rest areas along the way. ND is pretty friendly to travelers in this way. Hwy 2, aka the Highline, is a great route from Duluth MN to Bremerton WA.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:10 PM   #20
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Ya Oughta go ta North Dakota!

North Dakotans have a song, "You Ought to Go to North Dakota!," whose lyrics include: " see the cattle and the wheat and the folks that can't be beat...." But there's so much more.
I was raised in northeastern N.D. and have travelled all over the state. Every spring, I haul my '75 AS from my home in Colorado to a farm I own near my hometown. I'm joined for a week by old friends from North Dakota, both coasts, Chicago, Colorado, Texas and Minnesota, who come because they love the tranquility of the place, the unadorned loveliness of the rolling plains, the endless sky, and the openness of the natives. They also like the suds and spirits, food bbq'ed outdoors, the huge, blazing campfires with no restrictions, and tall tales. One evening, when it finally got dark, the crew "discovered" the sky and moved their camp chairs out of the farmstead's trees so they could see all the stars. There weren't any clouds, no city light pollution, and nothing in the way of a 360-degree view of the heavens. They were awestruck and sat out there on the edge of the farmstead till past midnight. Me? I'm a North Dakotan. I'd seen it many times before, the unblinking thousands of mini-spotlights, often with the Northern Lights. Ho hum. I beat the crew to bed by two hours.
We also like playing inexpensive golf on sweet little, tree-lined golf courses that almost every town up there has. One year, we moved our get-together to central N.D. to golf on the town courses around Lake Sakakawea. The crown jewel of these was The Links of North Dakota, a true links course of national stature east of Williston. The Links has RV parking. Other championship courses out west are Hawktree at Bismarck and the awesome Bully Pulpit at Medora. Medora is a great tourist destination with an outdoor, summer musical and plenty of RV slots, some along the scenic Little Missouri River. (Medora also is of historic pioneer importance and is the gateway to Teddy Roosevelt National Park and the Badlands.) But I dwell too long on golf.
Sure, if you want to make time, take I-94 or I-29. But if you want to see gorgeous farm and range land, some cool small towns, and stunning prairie vistas, take the state and federal highways. They all go east and west or north and south. There are only a couple of diagonals in the state. Plus, they all are good roads. They might look like trails to nowhere on the map, but virtually all N.D. roads are wide and in top shape.
Travel? U.S. Highway 2 is an excellent route. Start in Grand Forks, which has all the amenities of a bustling college town, including a great state RV park along the Red River in East Grand Forks, Minn. Devils Lake is 100 miles west and the city anchors an attractive resort area. There are three or four RV campgrounds around the lake itself. All the cities and most of the towns on U.S. 2, like other N.D. communities, have either RV campgrounds or city parks with hookups. Suffice it to say, nothing is real expensive in N.D., except for gas.
I've taken any number of other east-west routes off the interstate to get the Red River Valley in the spring and have found good places to eat, golf courses to challenge, and city parks to camp at. Returning to Colorado, I've stopped at Devils Lake to fish and then headed south on local roads with the same results. I usually stay over in Bismarck at Fort Sibley State Park's dynamite RV campground along the Missouri River. Maybe the nicest RV campground I've ever come across.
Fuel and food? Jeez, it's not the 1930s! I've never had a single problem in either N.D. or S.D. coming across fuel or food. Indeed, N.D. is an agricultural state where neither diesel nor gas is scarce. In fact, in the event you do run out on the road, there's every chance that the next pickup will be a farmer/rancher who'll help you get to the next town.
Scenery? It's exceptional, if you stop to smell the prairie roses. North Dakota's elevation rises from 750 feet where the Red goes in Canada to 3,500-foot White Butte near Amidon. More of North Dakota's surface is water than any of the states directly south, including Texas, or west from Montana to New Mexico. The Northern Plains are anything but barren. Like Sundance said earlier on this thread, N.D. is crammed with wildlife. The Prairie Pothole region is nesting ground for millions of waterfowl. Outside of the Valley, the landscape is hardly flat. (The Valley, well, it's flat, but then it has some of the richest farm land in the world. Should we complain?) The prairie everywhere swells into rolling hills dotted with groves of trees along the streams. Its colors are richly saturated, and the sky, both day and night, commands everything. Plus, I would like to see any other state match a North Dakota sunset, including those three on the West Coast. The larger rivers, like the Red and the Sheyenne, are edged with thick woods. Both the Missouri and Little Mo are spectacular. If you want a trip, start anywhere on the Little Mo and follow it through the Killdeer Mountains until it reaches the Missouri.
Someday, I want to boondock through North Dakota. I would anticipate no trouble camping on public or private land, with permission. But, more on that later. I could go on and on about N.D., as if I haven't already. In short, my advice to the wary traveller is: Go. You'll be surprised.

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