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Old 04-26-2019, 02:03 PM   #1
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Anything to see in eastern North Dakota?

Traveling east to Vermont from Teddy Roosevelt National Park in ND. Should we take back roads or just whistle east on 94? (Late June)
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:25 PM   #2
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East from N. Dakota

I think I would stay north through MN, into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, across the Mackinaw Bridge, then south down the Lake Michigan shore... It would be a much prettie ride with less traffic v. Int. 94, and there are lots of places to stay and to see along the way...
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I think I would stay north through MN, into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, across the Mackinaw Bridge, then south down the Lake Michigan shore... It would be a much prettie ride with less traffic v. Int. 94, and there are lots of places to stay and to see along the way...
Having lived in central Minnesota (Ashby) for nearly 20 years, 87 miles from Fargo/Moorhead, and driven 94 across North Dakata at least 20 times, I'll agree with your route. From Medora to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, on 94, you'll need to drink plenty of coffee to stay awake.

However, at Moorhead start going east to Bemidji. Take a couple of days and enjoy Itasca State Park (the Headwaters of the Mississippi). If you're carrying bikes there is a to die for 17 mile trail around the park. Jay Cooke State Park is another great place to stay with another great bike trail into Duluth. You can also enjoy the Iron Range, bike the Mesabi Trail, or walleye fish on one of the area's lakes. Did I say Minnesota has fantastic bike trails? From Duluth east I'll let someone else chime-in.

OTOH if one is going to take 94 to Chicago, turn south past Bismark on 83 to Linton, then east on 13 all the way to Fergus Falls. You'll get to see rural North Dakota on that route. We have taken it many times. Sit back, cruise at 57 mph, eat at a local cafe, and enjoy the area.

Food for thought,

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Having lived in Fargo for three years I would say the best way to see eastern ND is at 60 mph with the a/c on and the windows rolled up. Once you hit Detroit Lakes MN there are a number of places to visit. Beside what has been mentioned look at Cass Lake (not the village), Winnebegosish Lake and North Shore.
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When traveling in North Dakota , I always try to make sure some one else is driving because then I can take a nap and not miss seeing anything important . . When you hit Minnesota head toward Duluth then into the UP of Michigan and over to Sault St Marie .
Lots of nice lakes and camping in the Grand Rapids / Brainard Lakes area of Mn
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OK then, a little harsh on ND? I should talk; I feel the same way about Nebraska and I 80. Thanks for all the suggestions for east of there however. It is fun planning this trip. I want to be sure to visit the Twin Cities for some summer skiing! (Notice I said I, not we )
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OK then, a little harsh on ND? I should talk; I feel the same way about Nebraska and I 80. Thanks for all the suggestions for east of there however. It is fun planning this trip. I want to be sure to visit the Twin Cities for some summer skiing! (Notice I said I, not we )
If you come to the Twin Cities , I would suggest you skip the MOA and visit the Como Park Conservatory in St Paul .
The building , plants and colors are beautiful and your visit is free
The park also has a newly remodeled zoo which is also free
The park has a picnic area , golf course and a nice small lake
with geese and swans
One of my favorite places to visit when I was a kid and still is as an adult
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OK then, a little harsh on ND? )
The responses provide you with an opportunity to get off the main road, explore, and take some time to explore ND in a way no one else has bothered to do. If you do, please report back.
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Bummer, the Twin Cities ski area doesn't open until Labor Day.
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