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Dickinson, North Dakota Travel Guide

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Dickinson is a small mid-western community of 16,010. Its economic stronghold is in processing and shipping livestock, dairy and wheat products. It is also home to Dickinson State University.

There are several chain hotels in town, and a number of fast food and family restaurants. And a cluster of pubs keeps the oils burning for late-night spirits.

Numerous museums add a dash of culture to the region, bringing the story of this prairie town to life. The Dakota Dinosaur Museum is the most popular. But, there are others as well, including Joachim Regional Museum, Prairie Outpost Village, and Pioneer Machinery Building.

The Ukrainian Cultural Institute provides a fascinating display of the area's Ukrainian influence, augmented by their ethnic culinary delights such as home-made cheese or potato-filled varenyky-pyrohies (a.k.a. "pirogies",or "varenikies").

Dickinson has some excellent facilities for indoor and outdoor fun. Ice skating is available at the Dickinson Recreation Center at a reasonable price. And the 18-hole, par-72 Heart River Golf Course, 2 miles west of town, offers an excellent green surrounded by exquisite beauty.

Eagles Skate Park is a hothouse of activity for bikers, skaters and boarders, and is a great place for kids to work off steam. To cool off, a dip in the outdoor North Pool is a refreshing choice.

The beautiful Patterson Lake Recreation Area is blessed with 819 acres of water and 26 miles of shoreline to message the spirits with fresh clean air, sparkling water, and lush greenery. Luckily, campsites are available (20 modern, 40 primitive) for those who just can't tear themselves away from all the swimming, boating, fishing and mountain biking here.

Spectator sports are taken to a new level with Dickinson State University's Blue Hawk games. Whether it's football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, or men's and women's rodeos, DSU players are excellent athletes who thrill audiences with their athletic prowess.

Dickinson, a little town full of fun, is located 98 miles east of Bismarck.


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