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30 Photos Of North Dakota That Will Make You Want To Move There

You're going to have mega goosebumps after this.

Ian Douglass

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1. A North Dakota sunrise is a stunning sight to behold

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user mrbillt6

2. From just about any angle

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user mrbillt6

Stutsman County, North Dakota

3. And from either side of the tracks

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Source: Flickr user mrbillt6

Stutsman County, North Dakota

4. The reflection of a cloudy sky is no less awesome

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user gfpeck

Larimore Dam

5. In fact, it has been known to turn a few heads

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Source: Flickr user USFWS Mountain-Prairie

A Short-eared owl in McIntosh County, North Dakota

6. When winter rolls in, the scenery is no less breathtaking

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user USFWS Mountain-Prairie

Wolf Mountain-Prairie

7. And things closer to the ground gain an added measure of charm

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Source: Flickr user gfpeck

Frozen prairie

8. The grasslands invite you to jog through them

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Source: Flickr user The grasses of Roosevelt National Park

9. And the trails go on forever

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Source: Flickr user Nic McPhee

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

10. You may see some friends from Canada since North Dakota is so close to the border

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user USFWS Mountain-Prairie

Canada geese in the Kulm, North Dakota

11. And while it’s OK to get this close to the Canadian geese when you’re near Canada

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user Matt Reinbold

12. If you’re near Turtle River State Park

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Source: Flickr user U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wetlands and windbreaks along the Turtle River Watershed in Grand Forks County, ND

13. You probably don’t want to get this close to the snapping turtles

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Source: Flickr user Matt Reinbold

A large northern snapping turtle

14. And getting close to the bison isn’t advised either

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user Matt Reinbold

An American plains bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota

15. Because even the sacred white buffalo might get annoyed and block your path

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Source: Flickr user

White buffalo in Jamestown, ND

16. And since you can’t take to the air

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Source: Flickr user Swainson’s Hawk

17. Or slink close enough to the ground

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Source: Flickr user Justin Meissen

Eastern Yellowbelly Racer

18. You might need to hop the fence and head for the badlands

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Source: Flickr user Jellaluna

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

19. Or dive into the lake

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Source: Flickr user mrbillt6

West of Judd, North Dakota

20. Just be sure not to disturb the ducks

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Brown Ranch Ducks

Source: Flickr user Justin Meissen

21. You could use the approaching storm as cover to get away

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Source: Flickr user Gabriel Carlson

Summer storm

22. Or hide in an abandoned farmhouse

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Source: Flickr user

West of Wimbledon, North Dakota

23. While the storm rages outside

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Source: Flickr user Michael Carlson

Lightning in South Dakota

24. Of course, you may get puzzled looks from your neighbors

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Source: Flickr user Matt Reinbold

Franklin’s ground squirrel

25. And when the storm finally subsides

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Source: Flickr user Tim Evanson

Arnegard North Dakota

26. Take the long walk home

Photos of North Dakota

Source: Flickr user mrbillt6

North of Streeter, ND

27. And when the sun begins to set behind you

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Source: Flickr user mrbillt6

Stutsman County, North Dakota

28. Don’t be surprised when you look away from watching the sunset

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Source: Flickr user David Becker

North Dakota Sunset

29. And realize you have company

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Source: Flickr user USFWS Mountain-Prairie

White-tailed Deer against a pre-dawn sky in McIntosh County, North Dakota

30. For the upcoming light show

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Source: Flickr user Jason Paul Smith

Northern Lights over North Dakota

Feature Image Source: Flickr user T K

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posted on: April 22, 2014
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22 Comments

  1. Mary Eberts

    I loved all the photos & I lived in ND until I was 9 years old & I remember the wild sunflowers, more birds ( wood peckers) & big owls, cattle & beautiful snow creations from the breeze blowing the big barns so I was a little disappointed in the photo collections.

  2. Jennifer

    This is what my ND used to look like. Now it’s tanker trucks & flairs. Not a very easy place to be anymore.

    • Kathie in response to Jennifer

      I agree. I moved to ND in 1981, and I miss it even though I haven’t gone anywhere. It breaks my heart.

  3. Kathi Sand Schacher

    How breathtaking. North Dakota will always be home to me, even though I’ve been gone 41 years. Thank you for capturing this beauty and sharing it.

  4. Sam Brunsvold

    I was hoping to see photo’s of Native American Heritage, Turtle Mountains, Peace Garden, & Lake’s and Sunflower fields, Cattle & Ranch Land, Prairie Trails,Sweeping Prairie, Gopher Town, Some of the Beautiful Golf Courses, Cowboys. We have it all and more. Jets from the bases, But would remove the photo from South Dakota the Snake? Snakes creep me out and wouldn’t want me to move here. I love North Dakota, the photos are great..Just some suggestions.

  5. Emily

    photos have great concepts but would be more beautiful if the saturation wasn’t so high. as a resident the natural exposure is beautiful on its own without photoshop additives.

  6. GKS

    I agree there needs to be some sunflower fields and wheat fields rippling in the breeze.
    There are no poisonous snakes east of the Missouri River

  7. Mayr

    Seeing how a high percentage of the pictures featured prairie potholes it would be nice if something more were done to protect the small percentage that haven’t been destroyed.

  8. Beverly Nelson

    I would like to have seen some wild roses, my very favorite remembrance besides all of my wonderful releatives who still live there.

  9. Julene Tavernier

    Oh, I just love these pictures. I have so many wonderful memories of all the beauty in North Dakota — it is a state to be treasured.
    I recently saw a documentary and they said the “happiest” people are from North Dakota!!!

  10. willis wittig

    I enjoy all the photos of my home state, We get back there every year to visit relitives. I had a lot of friends i9n the turtle mts., my wife got a kick out of them as the hill behind our house is 4000ft. and the house is about 3500 ft. You all better take care about poisines snakes as eastern part of the country has more dangerous snakes than our rattlers.

    • John Tangen in response to willis wittig

      4000-foot hill? Spent my first twenty years in Botno but wasn’t aware of a hill that high. Would it be Bare Butte or Butte St. Paul?

  11. Janelle Bohrod

    Now I have tampered with color on some photos I have taken and I know you can make anything look colorfully beautiful with twitch her and a twitch there. The only two photos I, as one who spent many long years in North Dakota, could relate to were the one with the Buffalo (which I revere…but we have them in Minnesota too) and the one with the endless flat snow driven tundra. That one is my strongest memory and makes me shake in horror at the sight.

  12. Claudette

    I enjoyed the pictures. I’m a native North Dakotan. However, some of the pictures have been too color-edited – garish tones. Let nature share its own beauty.

  13. Marilyn Jacobson

    Loved the pictures but what about the northwestern part of the state?? You know
    the oil wells were the state is getting all their money but show the broken down roads and the dust from the semi trucks, perhaps a picture of 7 to 9 trucks coming down a gravel road the real part of NW North Dakota.

  14. Bruce Olson

    John Tangen: I grew up in Botno too. I think Butte St Paul is only about 300 ft above the prairie. It seemed high to me as a child.

  15. Vicki Haugenoe

    North Dakota is always close to my heart. Thanks 4 sharing

  16. Alex

    It doesn’t have to be a metro populous area. Love the nature & serenity!!!

  17. Diane

    THIS is what I try to describe to my new friends in Colorado who have never experienced the beauty of ND!

  18. Bob Bettenhausen

    Having been born and raised in Jamestown, these Photos bring back many memories. Thank you.

  19. Randee Boot

    Bruce Olson and John Tangen. I have not been to “Botno” but was born in Grand Forks. My grandmother’s family lived there. I think back to possibly great great grandparents. My mom told us of stories of Christmas When the had to take a horsedrawn sleigh to see grandma and grandpa. I belong to the Schei (Skjei)family. My great grandpa’s house was sold for $10,000 around 2000. I love these pictures. I don’t however like winter at all. Last time I visited was in the month of January and the warmest it got was -10°. I have family in Gilby and Mckinock. I miss North Dakota summers so much.

  20. Carter McNamara

    I was born and raised in Watford City, and spent much of my youth in Williston. Going back there now is like being stuck in a truck stop that spans horizon to horizon, and all of the trucks are big, dangerous and dusty — and driving 5 miles per hour. It’s like I’ve slipped into a Twilight Zone.

 

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