Dickinson is located in southwestern North Dakota, and is the cultural and economic center for the region. The city is surrounded by rolling hills and prairie buttes under a vast canopy of brilliant bright blue sky.
Originally supported mainly by agriculture, the economic base has shifted in the past few years as new technology has allowed for extraction of oil from the rich Bakken field deep beneath the surface of the Plains.
Explore the Western Edge in this sample itinerary provided by the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Begin your day with a short trek from Dickinson on I-94 to Richardton, just 25 miles east. There you will find Assumption Abbey, a working monastery and home to more than 50 Benedictine monks. The Abbey Church, a Bavarian Romanesque structure first completed in 1909 and renewed in 2001. Assumption Abbey and the Abbey Church are open to the public and offer a serene and welcoming experience. There is also a wine cellar and a gift shop that sells pottery, soaps, and woodcrafts created by the monks in residence.
Lunch back in Dickinson can be anything from sushi to knoefla. Try a specialty café, or a home-cooked meal at a local diner.
Next, take a journey of whimsy along the Enchanted Highway. On I-94, go east just 10 miles to Exit 72 at Gladstone, where you will see the Geese in Flight metal sculpture. Head south and along the next 32 miles, you will encounter seven more ENORMOUS sculptures, all the work of one man to fulfill his dream of revitalizing what was once a lonesome stretch of road. At the end of the Enchanted Highway lies Regent, North Dakota, a quaint little town that is home to the Enchanted Castle Hotel, gift shop, restaurant, and lounge, as well as the Hettinger County Historical Society Museum.
Back in Dickinson, enjoy a fine meal at one of the many and diverse restaurants, or order in and rest up at one of our many lodging establishments for the next day’s tour.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast; you will need it to take in some hiking, biking, horseback riding or simply sightseeing in nearby Medora, North Dakota, and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Take I-94 west to Exit 27 and enter the old west. There’s lots of unique shopping, dining and attractions in Medora, all with an old-west flavor. Medora is also the gateway to the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
After a day exploring the west, return to Dickinson, the Western Edge, for a relaxing evening at the hotel after a fine meal at one of the city’s restaurants.
Spend the day taking in the sights of Dickinson, starting with a visit to the Dickinson Museum Center. You will travel back in time as you view life-sized dinosaurs, rock and mineral exhibits, seashell and fossil collections. You can also step into local history at the Dickinson Museum Center.
The adjacent Pioneer Machinery Building is home to an original settler’s shack that will leave you wondering at the hardiness of the pioneers with such scanty shelter. You can also take a guided tour of Prairie Outpost Park to learn more about the towns that dotted the prairies in pioneer days.
Next stop is a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Institute to learn more about the culture and history of one of the region’s predominant groups of settlers. Viewing the colorful Pysanka egg collection will leave a lasting impression as you continue your journey on the Western Edge.
The rest of your day can be spent shopping at some of our unique specialty stores, shopping malls, or just relaxing in your hotel room. Be sure to check out our calendar of events at www.visitdickinson.com to see what else your stay in Dickinson might entail!
Thanks for joining us! We look forward to seeing you on The Western Edge!
Julie Obrigewitsch, Sales Coordinator, Dickinson CVB
72. E. Museum Dr., Dickinson, ND 58601
800.279.7391 or 701.483.4988