It was the landscapes of North Dakota that inspired Teddy Roosevelt to create the National Forest Service to begin protecting America's parklands. This sparsely populated Great Plains state hasn't changed much since Lewis and Clark passed through in the opening years of the 19th century – the dramatic scenery remains pristine, and travelers will still find old frontier towns and cowboy culture.
For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorite attractions in the state, and the results are in. The top 10 winners in the category Best North Dakota Attraction are as follows:
- Scandinavian Heritage Park - Minot
- Plains Art Museum - Fargo
- Pembina Gorge - Walhalla
- Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Historic Site - Cooperstown
- National Buffalo Museum - Jamestown
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Medora
- International Peace Garden - Dunseith
- Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan - Washburn
- North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum - Bismarck
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Kylie Blanchard and Annie Bennett (North Dakota Horizons), Lisa Meyers McClintick (The Dakotas Off the Beaten Path) and a representative of the North Dakota Tourism Division were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the state.
Congratulations to all these winning attractions!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo