Traveling Solo Across The Great State of North Dakota

This past summer I took a road trip to North Dakota, all by myself. Yes, it was a solo road trip. I honestly never gave it a second thought. It was the moment that I was in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and a lady got out of a car and said to me, “Are you all alone?” Not wanting to give everything away I quietly responded with a yes and got back in my car. She then whispered to her friend that I was a brave woman for traveling solo.

I had never given it a second thought. I was road tripping with my rental car from North Iowa Collision Center and enjoying all the beautiful sites that North Dakota had to offer.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I find travel to be full of adventure and look forward to what’s around the next bend. I enjoy traveling with others, but there is something to be said about traveling solo.

I dined on my watch, I went to bed when I wanted to go to bed, I ate my meals when I was hungry and I was responsible for everything that I accomplished or did not accomplish. I made the most out of the time that I had exploring North Dakota. There were no complaints or mumblings from a passenger when I pulled the car over to take “that” photo.

cross on hill

North Dakota was the ideal state to road trip solo. I-94 is not a crazy, busy road. I have traveled I-80 several times the past couple months and I-94 was nothing like that. The views along I-94 are really nice. There are several lakes and nature areas along the route.

I started in Fargo and ventured across North Dakota.If North Dakota is your 50th state to visit, be sure to check out the bench in the welcome center. And while you are there, have your photo taken with the famous “Wood Chipper.”

Sara in Welcome Center

Bismarck was welcoming, as I explored Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. The best tip I can give you is to get out of your car and hike around, as views like this can be found.

Fort Abraham Lincoln

History buffs will enjoy strolling around this park, as well. This was one of those crazy, take me back moments in time. These headstones are unique, as the cause of death was listed on each of them. An eerie, fun walk through. And again, it was at my pace, not someone else’s.

Fort Abraham Lincoln headstones

I continued on down the road to Medora. Here is where I experienced a welcome unlike any other. Every single person that I spoke to was very friendly, including all four employees in the local ice cream shop. The Badlands Motel offered a nice place to call it a night, after I dined on steak and enjoyed the Medora Musical.

Badlands MotelThe opportunity to experience sunrise arose. I was able to get out of bed and enjoy this view! Solo travel has several advantages and this is one of them. There was nobody else to talk me out of getting up early and experiencing a North Dakota sunrise.

North Dakota Sunrise

I loved traveling the great state of North Dakota on a solo adventure. It was an experience that I will remember forever. Have you traveled solo? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you experienced.

*Thank you to Travel North Dakota for hosting me and for North Iowa Collision Center for providing my transportation across North Dakota.

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21 thoughts on “Traveling Solo Across The Great State of North Dakota

  1. It sounds nice, glad you had such nice time. πŸ™‚ Well, I often travel solo and I know what it means. There are a lot of advantages when you go with someone, of course, and it’s great when you share the beauty you come across with other person, but there are also moments when traveling solo that are so precious. We should do both from time to time! πŸ˜‰

  2. Well, you would LOVE the welcome center if you love Fargo! I hope you can plan a visit to North Dakota, it is truly a beautiful state.

  3. Fargo is still a favorite movie of mine. And seeing that wood chipper would be a treat. North Dakota is much prettier than I imagined too. I admit that I never considered traveling there before now.

  4. Well done on your Solo adventure. You summed it up with annoying passengers whinging all the time. Some great photos to match the journey. Thanks for the story.

  5. I’d love to travel most of the States on my own – and travelling across North Dakota looks marvellous! I always travel solo and never understand why it has to be made into a ‘thing’ by people – so good on you! Maybe one day I’ll meet you on the road along a west coast trip.

  6. oh my goodness, what fun. I have a houseful of kids and I can’t imagine traveling alone, that must be so rewarding (not that it isn’t rewarding with kids, it’s just different)

  7. I see you on another solo adventure, without your kiddos at some point in your life. Traveling with kids is an adventure in itself, right?

  8. The wood chipper photo is hilarious! I looks like North Dakota was a peaceful getaway.

    I’ve traveled solo a couple of times when I was younger – once in college when I interned in Washington DC, I traveled out there and back by myself and throughout my summer interning there I did a lot of sight seeing on my weekends by myself, but sometimes with colleagues and friends I met a long the way. The other time was after a business trip to DC I added a “24 hour stop” in New York City. I had never been to NYC and when I was going to return from DC it was going to be at an odd time and I knew I wouldn’t want to go to work the next day so I figured why not explore a new town and I made a 24 hour layover. I had a blast!

    I guess I haven’t thought too much about solo travel much, especially with four children at home… I do enjoy going to conferences by myself and that’ll probably be my only “solo” traveling for awhile πŸ˜‰

  9. Love the Wood Chipper photo! You are such an inspiration to anyone who wants to do anything–just put your mind to it and do it! Love the tour of North Dakota! Thanks!

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