There are so many reasons to visit North Dakota. These are just 10 of my favorite reasons that I have discovered in 11 years of living here.
I remember way back when we first moved here I hated it and wanted more than anything to be anywhere else. Somewhere along the way, North Dakota became home. And while I currently have the itch to get as far away from here as I possibly can, North Dakota will always be home.
North Dakota has some incredible weather
The clouds will twist and contort into various shapes and create the perfect subject for photography. During the right time of year, you also might be able to spot a tornado or two.
Sunsets are out of this world
The only place that might have better sunsets is when you are looking over the ocean on a western coast. I think it might be because there are very few trees and hills to block the view of the horizon.
Stars shine brighter
With minimal light pollution in the rural countryside, you can easily see the arm of the milky way with the naked eye.
Old and Abandoned
North Dakota’s wide open prairie is dotted with long forgotten and abandoned buildings. Sometimes you might even find an old sod house from way, way back when.
Lightning Storms happen frequently
Anytime a storm rolls in, it isn’t uncommon for North Dakotan’s to sit out of their porch and watch the show. Just remember to be safe about it.
The Northern Lights
Something that seems to be at the top of everyone’s bucket list is seeing the Northern Lights. North Dakota is a bit far south the get the incredible displays that you see plastered all over Instagram. But with the right equipment and knowledge, you can go out and chase the aurora too.
Wild horses have fascinated me since I was a little girl. But what little girl hasn’t gone through a horse loving phase? Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state has their own wild herd of horses that will make any horse lover happy.
Winter is intense, but gorgeous
It can be so incredibly beautiful. Like mornings when the hoar frost covers everything creating a magical winter wonderland.
Rainbows during the summer
I’ve never seen so many rainbows in my life. We frequently get quick summer showers during the afternoons. Eight times out of ten, there will be a rainbow after the summer shower.
Wildlife is everywhere
With the human population of North Dakota being more sparse than other places, wildlife still thrives here. You can see bald eagles, moose, coyotes, and prairie dogs to name a few.
And random fun fact.. Every single photo except for the wild horses was taken within a couple miles of where I live. Most of them were of somewhere on the property.