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boots.jpgDickinson's hotel availibility has increased, making it easier for visitors to find lodging for leisure, sports or business travel. More rooms, more availability, and more hospitality in Dickinson. Anytime is a great time to visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and explore the new development out west.

In Dickinson, you will find over 1,500 lodging rooms that offer everything you need to make your overnight stay comfortable. Dickinson offers adventure for everyone, including golfing, festivals, unique shopping, museums, recreational facilities, dining to suit all tastes, and friendly service throughout our community.

This end of North Dakota, the Western Edge, is not only rolling plains and prairie buttes; it’s an area that is diverse in outdoor experiences and family entertainment.  Dickinson is located in southwest North Dakota, a short drive away from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Little Missouri State Park, and over a million acres of US Forest Grasslands that are home to the badlands, a rugged landscape of twisted hills, juniper trees and a variety of large and small wildlife.
Organizing your trip and itinerary can be as diverse as you want it to be.  Hike or bike many of the trails through the badlands; you’ll be played out by the end of the day and ready to relax at one of the many restaurants and lodging facilities in Dickinson.  Don’t forget to bring your camera on that day - you’ll want to YouTube your adventure.
Love golfing? The Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson is an 18-hole; par 72 lay out, a highly regarded course combining a rolling top nine with a wooded bottom nine that brings plenty of trees and water into play.  Multiple tee boxes on each hole offer a unique, yet enjoyable, challenge. The fall season is a wonderful opportunity to golf the course.  Relax after playing the course at the 19th Hole Restaurant overlooking the Heart River.
Let’s switch over to the kids, or maybe the grownup kids.  The Dakota Dinosaur Museum is open May 1st through Labor Day, with eleven full-scale dinosaurs, complete earth science exhibit, spectacular rock and mineral collection, and numerous fossils.  A rare complete Triceratops skull is on display in the museum, attracting thousands of visitors annually.  They have a gift shop that is full of fun and unique items, perfect for taking home with you.
Everyone has history.  Ours is unique with the Upper Plains Native Americans, the cowboy experiences, and the settlers who came from Europe, bringing with them their foods, culture and crafts.  Theodore Roosevelt ranched just west of Dickinson, where he owned the Maltese Cross Ranch and the Elkhorn Ranch in the late 1800’s.  The official Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library is located at Dickinson State University.  Stop over to the Dickinson Museum Center to learn about the early settlers, how they struggled on the open prairie, endured hardships, and experienced the joys of self reliance, all with the lack of social media in their lives. 
The art and culture is unique at the Ukrainian Cultural Institute in Dickinson where the Psyanka (Easter Egg) continues to be a delicate handcraft that is passed onto each generation and shared with visitors.  The eggs are fascinating with their geometric designs and motifs, created by using a kistka, which is a tool that holds the melted bees’ wax.  Handcrafted for that perfect gift, the eggs are available for purchase.  Each July the North Dakota Ukrainian Festival is held over several days with dancers in costume.  The Ukrainian Stepovi Dity Dancers, ranging from youth to adult, are brightly colored with lively performances that embody the spirit of expression.  Ethnic foods are prepared with tradition and offered to all who come to the Festival.
Downtown Dickinson has the unique stores that make shopping experiences fun while in town.  Stix n’ Twigs organic restaurant, along with the fine dining of The BrickHouse Grille, gives the upscale experience for residents and visitors.  Enjoy history and a great cup of locally roasted coffee at The Brew Coffee House, located near the city center.  Unique shopping that includes the arts, home décor and one-of-kind clothing are all located within walking distance of the restaurant areas.  Just across town Serendipity Coffee House and JD’s BBQ offer more specialty dining, great atmosphere and lip-smacking ribs.

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