My favorite gardens in the United States are located in North Dakota. The International Peace Gardens sits on the Canada/Us Border, north of Dunseith, North Dakota.
*Thank you to North Dakota Tourism for sponsoring my trip through North Dakota.
Dunseith, North Dakota
Dunseith, North Dakota is located on US Highway 281, which leads to the International Peace Gardens. Here is where I was introduced to a rather large turtle, which should have led me to put the Turtle Mountains in this location.
The visitor center is a must stop. The staff inside is knowledgeable about the area. It’s also an opportunity to see local art creations and purchase North Dakota products.
Drive To The Gardens
The drive from here is short and beautiful. Note: You will cross into Canada to visit the gardens and pass back through U.S. Customs when you return to the United States. I had my passport in hand, which made the return back to the United States simple.
Experience Two Countries At One Attraction
The International Peace Gardens are spread out across more than 2,300 acres. Here is where you can have one foot in the United States and one foot in Canada.
The gardens were designed to unify the peace that these two countries have. More than 200,000 people visit each year. It’s truly a magical experience as you stroll the gardens.
World Trade Center Memorial
Several garden areas are featured throughout the park. The area that hit the pit of my gut the most was the 9/11 Memorial. In this area of the International Peace Gardens, you will find beams from one of the two World Trade Center towers that collapsed on September 11, 2001. I found myself reminiscing back to the day I visited the World Trade Center as a teenager, in the 1970’s.
A Canadian family with small children was strolling through the area at the same time that I was. One of their children asked, “How can someone be so mean?” I felt a gulp in my throat. The Mother responded, “It was a horrible day in the United States, and it’s a day that I will never forget. There are people out there that have no respect for others.” I may not have responded as well as she did.
Butterfly Gardens at International Peace Gardens
Butterfly gardens are always a hit with families. The International Peace Garden does their garden well. A pollinator garden shines brightly!
International Peace Garden Is Open Year Round
From reflecting pools to colorful flowers and sculptures representing peace, these gardens are open all year long. As with any garden, I would encourage you to visit different times throughout the year. These beautiful gardens in North Dakota are a must see.
There is always something new to discover when you explore any garden. North Dakota is in the Midwest, which does offer a nice variety of seasonal experiences. I can guarantee you that if you visit in January, your views will be a lot different in May.
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