Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
This park is aptly nicknamed the grandest Fort on the Upper Missouri River because of its unique position in the region’s history as the most important fur trading post. Fort Union Trading Post National Site has become a fantastic tourist attraction that draws diverse people from families with kids to individual hikers.
There are a lot of fun activities to do at this historic national park. You can go on a guided tour where the historians and rangers can tell you the history of the place and how it functioned. Your kids can participate in the Junior Ranger program and even get a badge. If you enjoy hiking, you can also attempt a hike along the Missouri River Trail. This trail will take you on a scenic hike through river bottoms to the Missouri River.
Knife River Indian Villages
If you are looking to learn more about the lives of the Northern Plains Indians in the Upper Missouri region, a trip to Knife River Indian Villages is a great way to start.
This National Park is family-friendly as there are many activities for different age ranges. For example, your kids can go on a guided interactive tour of the museum, the village along the trail, and the earth lodge. There is something for everyone depending on how much time you have to spend at this historical site.
If you have a short time to spend there, you can watch a short orientation film about the park and the life of Buffalo Bird Woman who lived there. If you have a longer time to spend there, you can take a stroll through the villages, go bird watching, and go fishing.
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
This historic national park invites you to experience the awe of the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition. The park covers a 4,900-mile long trail that stretches from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania to Astoria in Oregon. A trip to this historical site lets you walk on the same paths traversed by those who were part of the expedition, allowing you to feel a bit of the excitement they felt.
There are a large number of things you can do at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. You and your family can enjoy an enlightening tour of the Lewis and Clark Museum, where you can see dioramas showing essential parts of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Other things you can do here include hiking, cycling, canoeing, and kayaking. You can also engage in bird and wildlife watching. This National Park allows you ample time to appreciate nature while having fun.
North Country National Scenic Trail
Covering 4,700 miles of land from North Dakota to Vermont and spanning eight states, this National Park rightly holds the longest trail in the National Trails System. The trail goes across forests, state parks, and game areas, including lakes, cityscapes, and farmlands.
The North Country National Scenic Trail offers a vast range of enjoyable experiences for everyone. This makes it a family-friendly National Park. You and your entire family can have a picnic along this scenic trail. The trail is also a great way to learn history as it passes through several historical sites. You can also go bird watching along the trail with your kids and teach them about the different types of birds. The trail also allows you to bond with friends while hiking.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
This park is the first and only National Park to be named after one single person. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is named in honor of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, who played a significant part in conserving America’s natural resources.
Many outdoor activities can be done at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You and your family can have fun camping outdoors on the park’s campgrounds. You can go hiking in the trails that range from challenging routes for experienced hikers to short, paved paths for leisurely hikes with loved ones. In the wintertime, you can go skiing and snowshoeing either alone or with your friends. The National Park also provides one of the best opportunities for you to engage in wildlife watching, taking in the animals that are unique to the West. Other things you can do include kayaking and canoeing, bicycling, fishing, and horseback riding.