Web hopping

  • By Roger Petterson / Associate Press
  • Saturday, June 26, 2004 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Take a road trip a little north of the beaten path to take in the wide open spaces of North Dakota, where Teddy Roosevelt ranched and Lewis and Clark wintered with the Mandan and Hidatsa people.

www.lewisandclarktrail.com

You can observe the bicentennial of the Lewis &Clark Expedition by following part of its route along the Missouri River through the heart of North Dakota. Scroll down to North Dakota at Lewis and Clark Trail and click on the towns from Fort Yates to Fort Mandan to Williston. Look for Web links at the bottom of each page for more local information.

www.ndtourism.com

Take a look around the rest of the state with the help of North Dakota Tourism, where “Art/Culture Entertainment” gets you links to the state fair (July 23-31) and spots such as the Five Nations Art Store run by the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Chippewa and Sioux tribes. “Western Experience” will take you to information on ranch vacations, rodeos and the historic town of Medora.

Then click on “Scenic Wonders” for links to the International Peace Garden, national grassland preserves and a half-dozen scenic byways.

www.nps.gov/thro/home.htm

You can follow a link on the “Scenic Wonders” page or go directly to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, three big tracts in the western part of the state that preserve the colorful, eroded landscape of the Badlands and open prairie that is home to buffalo and other wildlife.

www.citytown.info/ North-Dakota.htm

For additional local information across the state, North Dakota Cities &Towns has links to places ranging from tiny Antler to the cities of Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks.

www.camacdonald.com/birding/usnorthdakota.htm

Take along your bird-watching guide because North Dakota’s grasslands and pockets of marsh called prairie potholes make it a haven for a wide variety of birds. North Dakota Hotspots provides a guide to wildlife refuges and a photo gallery.

www.state.nd.us/gnf

North Dakota offers seasonal hunting and fishing for everything from salmon to paddlefish. Expand on the information at the state tourism department’s Web site by going directly to the state Department of Game and Fish for information on the species available, license requirements and boating regulations.

www.mystateparkphotos.com

www.ndparks.com

Don’t forget your camera. Check out the Department of Game and Fish photo contest at “Watchable Wildlife.” Then take a look at the State Park Visitor Photo Contest for a national contest open to your prized pix from North Dakota’s park system or parks in any other state.

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