Monday, June 22, 2015

North Dakota - Where the Outdoors Truly are Great

 *Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of North Dakota. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Summer vacation season is upon us. If you take a yearly vacation, you are probably planning out where to go. I know first hand that this is not an easy decision by any means. There are so many things to consider, especially when going with the family.

While budget might be a factor, generally, there is so much more that factors in higher than cost. With our family, for example, it is all about the kids. If it is not a place that the kids will feel comfortable and have fun, it is not even considered.

Lately, another vital component is that the trip will be life changing. I know that sounds extreme, but really it's not. I simply want what we experience on our trip to stay with us for a lifetime. Not only with fond memories of togetherness, but with education and historical and cultural awareness. Actually living pieces of history is the best way to learn about them, and that knowledge will be with you forever.

Granted, almost any family vacation will create lifelong memories, but visiting Disney World for the 4th time really does not compare to seeing the Fort Union Trading Post in person for the first time. In fact, the latter is something I have never done and have always wanted to do. It's something that would be incredible to share with my children. It would truly be unforgettable.

For that reason, our next vacation spot will have to be North Dakota. There is so much to see and to do in North Dakota that cannot be done anywhere else. Of course there is the Fort Union Trading Post, which I already mentioned, but there are also many Native American villages. Being of Native American descent myself, that is fascinating to me, and I would love to share my children's heritage with them.

There are countless outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, canoeing and hiking the Lewis & Clark Trail. There is excellent camping and several amazing zoos and wildlife refuges. There is also great hunting, if that is something you are interested in. To my husband's delight, there is great golf courses as well. To me outside activities are the epitome of summer, so I love that there is so much to do outdoors.

I think the historic aspects are the most exciting factor for me. North Dakota is home to so much history. From the Chateau de Mores to Fort Buford State Historic Site to Fort Seward Military Post and countless museums, there is so much knowledge to be gained and history to be experienced.

Making the decision to visit North Dakota was easy. Now comes the hard part of deciding exactly which cities to visit while we are there. I wish it was possible to see and do everything that North Dakota has to offer, but that might take a lifetime. One thing is for sure, no matter where we go in North Dakota, it is sure to be legendary.

We are ready to discover our legendary. I am using the official North Dakota tourism website to help us plan our trip. It is so helpful. You can search through basically every attraction and order free brochures and information. I can't wait to live legendary in North Dakota.

Let's chat. Do you live in or have you visited North Dakota? What is your favorite attraction or activity? If you have never been to North Dakota, have you previously considered visiting? If not, is it because you were not aware of all the North Dakota has to offer? What are you waiting for? I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on North Dakota and on vacations in general.

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