The outdoor adventure website Thrillist recently came out with an article on "The Most Scenic Drives" in every state.  More on that in a moment.

I think we're a bit behind in the fall foliage department with our relatively warm August and September so far, but the cooler days are coming.  It won't be long and those gold, orange, and red colors will dot the landscape.

I myself absolutely love fall.  By far my favorite season, and I only seem to love it more and more as I get older.   I mean what's not to love?  Football, hunting, the beautiful fall colors, and insects finally die and go to hell (can you tell I'm not a fan of those?).

This article from Thrillist picked out one stretch of highway from each and every state and crowned it the best of the best.  North Dakota's best stretch of highway is about 40 miles from Bismarck Mandan.  North Dakota's Most Scenic Drive is none other than the Sakakawea Scenic Byway.  This beauty of a road begins at Highway 200A from Washburn to Stanton.  I do some bird hunting up in this area and it's a brilliant spectacle for sure.

Google Maps Screenshot
Google Maps Screenshot

Some points of interest along the way on Highway 200A include the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site (I've been meaning to stop by this), the beautiful Cross Ranch State Park, Fort Clark State Historic Site and Fort Mandan Historic Site.  This is all according to the North Dakota Tourism guide.

Oh, before you begin your adventure be sure to stop by the Cenex in Washburn and try the best chicken strips in the entire state of North Dakota (Cooper's Chicken).  Good Lord, they literally melt in your mouth.

Okay, all together.  "One, two, three ROAD TRIP."  Have a great weekend everybody.


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