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10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in North Dakota to Visit

Of all the Midwestern states, North Dakota has the smallest population and is among the least touristy. While not frequented by visitors like its neighbors, the state actually has a lot in store for vacationers. Home to the stunning Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota’s small towns are full of charm. Boasting rich, fascinating histories and scenic vistas, these towns are definitely among the most picturesque places in the Midwest. These are the 10 most beautiful small towns in North Dakota to visit.


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10/10 Medorah

Medora is part of one of the Midwest’s most impressive national parks, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and is surrounded by breathtaking nature. The city has a population of less than 200 residents but offers many fun activities to explore. Packed with amazing history, the Chateau de Mores of Medora is one of the best historical sites to visit. Once owned by the original founder of this charming town, Chateau de Mores has a lot of history that holidaymakers are welcome to explore. There are several museums to see, including the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Maltese Cross Cabin, where vacationers can learn about the life of Theodore in the late 19th century.

  • Accomodation:
    AmericInn by Wyndham Medora

  • Address:
    75 East River Road South, Medora, ND 58645

  • Furnishing:
    Indoor pool, fitness center, free WiFi, coffee maker, free parking, business center, WiFi available in all areas, flat screen TV, cable or satellite TV, and complimentary toiletries.

9/10 New Salem

Located in Morton County, New Salem was discovered in 1882 and has fewer than 1,000 residents but is full of charm. The town is known for being home to Salem Sue, the world’s tallest Holstein cow, standing at 38 feet tall and 50 feet long. The black and white cow statue was erected by the Lion’s Club in the 1970s to commemorate the hardworking dairy farmers in the area. The statue is a must-see when exploring this amazing part of North Dakota. But that’s not all; This enchanting city has six incredible local parks and a stunning auditorium where vacationers can stop by and see an interesting show.

8/10 Jew

With fewer than 100 residents, Jud is one of the smallest towns in North Dakota and was named for Judson LaMoure, one of the first state congressmen. Visitors will find several beautiful murals on most of the buildings, creating a perfect photo-worthy scene for photo lovers. The murals have earned it the title “The City of Murals” and include images of cottages, spectacular scenery, cartoon characters and some patriotic scenes.

  • Accomodation:
    Baymont by Wyndham Grand Forks

  • Address:
    951 South 42nd Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201

  • Furnishing:
    Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, bar/lounge, room service, free WiFi, coffee maker, free parking and business center.

7/10 valley town

Also known as the City of Bridges, Valley City sits on the Sheyenne River, a perfect spot for travelers who love bridges. The site has 11 historic bridges, with the Valley City State University Pedestrian Bridge and the Highline Bridge being the most popular. Measuring 3,860 feet long and 162 feet wide, the Highline Bridge was built between 1906 and 1908 and is one of North Dakota’s finest engineering marvels. Walk from the bridges to Medicine Wheel Park and explore some Native American burial sites.

  • Accomodation:
    GrandStay Hotel & Suites Valley City

  • Address:
    271 Wintershow Road Southwest, Valley City, ND 58072

  • Furnishing:
    Indoor pool, fitness center, room service, free WiFi, coffee maker, free parking, business center, WiFi available in all areas, TV and complimentary toiletries.

6/10 Valhalla

Nicknamed the heart of the Rendezvous region, Valhalla is one of North Dakota’s second oldest communities with a long, beautiful history. Located just a few miles from the Canadian border, this city is home to the tallest building in North Dakota, the Kittson Trading Post. Some of the best places to explore are the Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site and the Pembina Gorge State Historic Area. There are numerous hiking, mountain biking, camping and bird watching opportunities in the Pembina Gorge.

  • Accomodation:
    Cobblestone Inn and Suites – Langdon

  • Address:
    510 9th Avenue East, Langdon, ND 58249

  • Furnishing:
    Free WiFi, Free Breakfast, Coffee Maker, Air Conditioning, Flat Screen TV, Business Center, Internet, Pets Allowed upon Request, Bar/Lounge and Fitness Center.

5/10 Bottineau

Located in the northernmost part of North Dakota, Bottineau is definitely one of the most beautiful small towns in the United States. The city is always charming, no matter the time of year, which is why it earned the name “Four Seasons Playground”. ” There is never a shortage of activities in Bottineau. The most notable feature of this city is the 26-foot tall statue of Tommy the Turtle, one of the most photographed spots in the city. Built in 1978, Tommy is the gateway to the Turtle Mountains.

  • Accomodation:
    Cobblestone Inn and Suites – Bottineau

  • Address:
    1109 11TH Street East, Bottineau, ND 58318

  • Furnishing:
    Fitness center, bar/lounge, complimentary WiFi, coffee maker, coffee shop, business center, WiFi available in all areas, flat screen TV, cable or satellite TV, and complimentary toiletries.

4/10 garrison

Garrison sits on one of America’s largest man-made lakes, Lake Sakakawea. The city is a perfect destination for history buffs. Sometimes referred to as the Walleye Capital of the World, Garrison is teeming with fishermen hailing from a variety of locations. Heritage Park and Museum is an open-air museum with an incredible history of 20th-century lifestyle. In the same museum, visitors will find a country church, an old county school, and the first telephone exchange to be built in Garrison.

3/10 Jamestown

With a population of 16,000, Jamestown is one of the larger communities but has a charming small-town vibe. Located halfway between Bismarck and Fargo, Jamestown was founded in 1872 and earned the nickname “The Pride of the Prairie.” Another notable attraction not to be missed in this city is the world’s largest buffalo monument, Dakota Thunder, a 26-foot sculpture erected in 1959.

  • Accomodation:
    Gladstone Inn & Suites

  • Address:
    111 2nd Street Northeast, Jamestown, ND 58401

  • Furnishing:
    Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, bar/lounge, room service, free WiFi, coffee maker, free parking, free airport shuttle and business center.

2/10 devil lake

Located on the lake of the same name, Devils Lake is perfect for outdoor vacationers as there are many fun activities, especially water sports like water boating, kayaking and swimming. Fishing is also a popular activity in this city. Golfing, skiing, hiking, and bird watching are other outdoor activities travelers can explore in Devils Lake. Take some time to stroll through downtown Devils Lake and see how the Lake Region Heritage Center connects to the area’s fascinating history.

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1/10 Lisbon

Founded in 1880, Lisbon is one of the most beautiful small towns in North Dakota and has an incredible history for tourists to learn about. Once a hub of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century, this charming city is home to numerous historic buildings and shops, including the Lisbon Opera House, which dates back to 1889. But the city isn’t just about its fascinating history. Nature lovers will find plenty of outdoor opportunities here, ranging from bird watching and wildlife viewing to wine tasting and tours.

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