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North Dakota Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 04:01 PM

Buffalo, dinosaur skeletons, national parks and a modern day Stonehenge are among the many attractions families on vacation or staycation will enjoy in North Dakota.

Here are seven great places to visit in the Peace Garden State:

1. Dakota Dinosaur Museum: Located in Dickinson, this museum houses 11 full-scale dinosaurs, including a real skeleton of a Triceratops. Visitors may view a complete Triceratops skull in the museum's model lab, as well as rare minerals and rocks from around the world.

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2. Theodore Roosevelt National Park: Wildlife and the sparse and empty beauty of the badlands are the main attractions of this park. The park was named after the nation's 26th president, a noted outdoorsman and naturalist. Visitors may see buffalo, deer, elk, wild horses, sheep and prairie dogs.

3. The National Buffalo Museum: Located in Jamestown, a live herd of bison and a rare albino buffalo named "White Cloud" are among the attractions at this museum. They also offer displays and exhibits portraying the evolution of the bison.

4. Mystical Horizons: Located near Bottineau, this modern-day Stonehenge is based on local engineer and designer Jack Olson's vision for a 21st century Stonehenge. This attraction offers a breathtaking view overlooking the farmland west of the Turtle Mountains. There are stone and cement structures so visitors can see the winter and summer solstices and the equinox. Throughout the year, site goers can enjoy the North Star Polaris Sighting Tube and the sundial.

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5. International Peace Garden: Located in Dunseth, this 2,339 acre botanical garden commemorates peace between the United States and Canada along the world's longest unfortified border. The garden offers more than 150,000 varieties of flowers and showcases a Peace Chapel, Peace Towers and a Floral Clock.

6. Lake Metigoshe State Park: Located 16 miles northeast of Bottineau, this park is one of the most popular vacation spot in North Dakota. The park provides both modern and primitive camping, as well as picnicking areas. They have group dormitories, kitchen and meeting facilities, cabins available for rent year-round. Families on vacation or staycation can go hiking, biking, canoeing and wildlife viewing.

7. The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center: Located in Bismarck,
this museum has a gallery which tells the story of early North Dakota life and geology while featuring life-sized skeleton casts of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops ready to battle. Another gallery features more than 1,000 artifacts telling the story of early life on the Northern Plains, including a 6-foot by 50-foot hand-painted mural of an American Indian Village in 1550.

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