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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Camp Hancock State Historic Site
Camp Hancock State Historic Site

(701) 328-2666

101 E Main St
Bismarck, ND 58501   Directions Website

Link history with nature in a truly unforgettable way when you spend some time outdoors at the Camp Hancock State Historic Site. This camping area was originally founded in 1872 as Camp Grely, which was a military settlement established to provide protection for the men working on the Northern Pacific Railroad. The natural setting of the area is breathtaking, and an old log headquarters building, the last original structure, is one of the many highlights. The site is rightfully listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.

Chief Looking's Village
Chief Looking's Village

(701) 222-6455

Burnt Boat Dr NW
Bismarck, ND 58503   Directions Website

For a stunning view of history and of the Bismarck landscape, check out Chief Looking's Village. It is situated atop a hill that overlooks the Missouri River. The village once contained several dwellings that were surrounded by fortifications, but onl use your imagination, but the outdoor beauty of the area makes the trip quite worth it. The village is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Crow Flies High State Recreation Area
Crow Flies High State Recreation Area

(701) 328-5357

Bismarck, ND

The natural scenery in and around Bismarck can be described as rustic and expansive. To get a view of it all in a most spectacular way, take a trip to visit the Crow Flies High Scenic Overlook. This popular outdoor vantage point is a one of the area's most picturesque views in which miles of rolling prairie and majestic hills and rocks complement the wide open view of the sky in an unforgettably mesmerizing way.

Dakota Zoo
Dakota Zoo

(701) 223-7543

600 Riverside Park Rd
Bismarck, ND 85804   Directions Website

You'll go absolutely wild when you plan a visit to Bismarck's Dakota Zoo. This renowned facility is located on the east bank of the Missouri River in Sertoma Park. The attraction holds the distinction of being the state's largest zoo. The expansive venue is home to over 500 reptiles, birds, and mammals. In addition to offering tours to various school groups, the zoo also presents special exhibits and seasonal programs throughout the year.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

(701) 667-6349

4480 Fort Lincoln Rd
Mandan, ND 58554   Directions Website

Even though it began as a fur-trading outpost, the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park now stands as a stunning haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Located in nearby Mandan, Fort Abraham Lincoln dates all the way back to the 18th century. One of the most stunning aspects of the fort is that it looks almost as it did back in 1876 around the time of Custer's last stand. There are also some carefully reconstructed sights that you won't want to miss like an On-a-Slant Indian Village that features earthen lodges to look like early settlements.

McDowell Dam Recreation Area
McDowell Dam Recreation Area

(701) 223-7016

1953 93rd St
Bismarck, ND 58504   Directions Website

The ultimate goal of most nature lovers is to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find solace in a relaxing, natural setting. In Bismarck, the McDowell Dam Recreation Area is such a place. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities that include paddle boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. If you want to make yourself comfortable there are shelters available for full or half-day stays.

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