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The North Dakota town of Minot was founded in 1886 by James J. Hill of the Great Northern Railroad when he was building his transcontinental railway that eventually stretched from St. Paul Minnesota to Seattle Washington. Going back farther in time, Minot is located on a piece of the trail that was carved out by the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pushed across land and prairies from Illinois to the Pacific Ocean and back. Step back in time at their winter quarters, Fort Mandan with its Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. At Knife River Indian Village experience what life was like for the ...

The North Dakota town of Minot was founded in 1886 by James J. Hill of the Great Northern Railroad when he was building his transcontinental railway that eventually stretched from St. Paul Minnesota to Seattle Washington. Going back farther in time, Minot is located on a piece of the trail that was carved out by the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pushed across land and prairies from Illinois to the Pacific Ocean and back. Step back in time at their winter quarters, Fort Mandan with its Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. At Knife River Indian Village experience what life was like for the Plains Indians. Within a few miles of Minot are five National Wildlife Refuges — Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyar, Lostwood, and Upper Souris — that offer excellent bird watching. Black Butte Adventures sets up hiking and biking trips and nature walks across the prairie. Take a tour and sample some of Dakota Hills Winery’s great wines, view vintage airplanes at the Dakota Territory Air Museum or the eclectic exhibits at the Taube Museum of Art. Stretching for thirty-two miles, the Enchanted Highway is decorated with huge metal sculptures that include giant grasshoppers, deer, and Theodore Roosevelt on his horse.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Winters can be brutal out on the open plains so the best time of year is spring, summer, or fall.