Two-Day Getaway in Western North Dakota | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway in Western North Dakota

The Missouri River runs wild as it cuts through rugged valleys and high plains, inspiring adventurers to travel the trails blazed by the great tribes and Lewis and Clark.
Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway runs between Crow Flies High Butte in the north and Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge in the south.
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Day 1

Explore Lewis and Clark State Park in Epping by foot, horseback, boat or car.

Outlaws’ Bar and Grill in Watford City serves hand-cut steaks, sweet potato fries and nachos with pepper Jack cheese.

Killdeer Mountain Four Bears Scenic Byway stretches 64 miles north and south to follow the Missouri River Valley through timbered hills and badlands.

In Mandan, Harvest Brazilian Grill serves all-you-can-eat Churrasco-style steaks.

At Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, families get history lessons from interpreters in frontier Army uniforms and see rows of beds in the barracks, a re-created Native American village and George Custer’s “Mansion on the Prairie.” Guides explain how the Mandan tribes lived at On-A-Slant Indian Village, a replica of the earthen lodges that stood along the river. You can spend the night here, too, in a tepee or cabin.

Day 2

You don’t have to be an early riser to get breakfast at Kroll’s—omelets and pancakes are served all day.

North of Stanton, earthen mounds hold hints of the Knife River Indian Villages that once thrived near the Missouri River.

Head to Lake Sakakawea to swim, boat and fish; it’s on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

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