A Trip on the Unbeaten Track: Bottineau, North Dakota
If life finds you at the far edge of the United States, up by Bottineau, North Dakota, plan to have your feet in two worlds: literally, at a 2,300-acre border-crossing garden, and figuratively, along the Turtle Mountains Scenic Byway (State-43), where leafy hills and marshes appear like a forested oasis in the boundless prairie.
Along the Turtle Mountains Scenic Byway:
1) You won't need a passport to do the International Peace Garden dance: Hopping between the United States and Canada while taking selfies. (888) 432-6733; peacegarden.com
2) Stop at a couple of roadside icons: On the byway's west side, the stone cairns of Mystical Horizons mark solstices and other celestial happenings. In Bottineau, look for Tommy the Giant Snowmobiling Turtle.
3) A hub for fishing and waterskiing at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Twin Oaks Resort has basic rooms, a restaurant and bar. (701) 263-4295; twinoaksresort.net
4) Order a double-dip at Pride Dairy, an 84-year-old parlor in Bottineau with classic wrought-iron chairs and a checkerboard floor. (701) 228-2216; pridedairy.com