The fall travel season is upon us, and truth be told, this is one of the most beautiful times of the year to plan a vacation to the Midwest. The trees are in full color during the fall season, and the landscape is just breathtaking in North Dakota this time of year. Take in that crisp autumn air and the beauty of the nature surrounding you when you plan some outdoor activities in the “City of Bridges”. This post is sponsored by North Dakota Tourism, though all opinions are my own.
What is the City of Bridges?
Valley City, North Dakota is also known as the City of Bridges. Located in the heart of the Sheyenne River Valley, this city boasts incredible outdoor activities, including many bridges and parks that are a perfect backdrop for beautiful vacation photos. In fact, Valley City was named the most beautiful town in North Dakota by Expedia.
Make the most out of your fall vacation with these outdoor activities in the Valley City area
North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail – Stretching across 8 states and 4,600 miles, the North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail ends in Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. Bring your walking shoes so that you can experience all that this trail has to offer.
Lake Ashtabula – Cast a line out or hope in a kayak to explore Lake Ashtabula, a 27 mile waterway, just 12 miles North of Valley City.
Birding in the Sheyenne River Valley – You might be surprised to hear that 347 species of birds travel through North Dakota, which makes the Sheyenne River Valley the perfect spot to see over 100 species of birds in one day.
Historic Bridges Tour – Of course, a bridge tour is a must if you’re visiting the City of Bridges, and the Historic Bridges Tour is one that you should partake in.
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway – Stretching 63 miles along the breathtaking Sheyenne River Valley, the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway follows ancient Native American foot paths and pioneer wagon trails. This roadway is suggested as a “Fall Color Drive” by Midwest Living magazine.
Along with a wide assortment of outdoor activities you can enjoy during your vacation, the area also boasts eclectic shopping opportunities downtown, numerous dining options and an assortment of hotels, inns and camping accommodations. Start planning your Valley City vacation today and see what all the hype is about!