International Peace Garden; credit North Dakota Tourism
Since 1932, nestled in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba, the International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions – a tribute to peace and friendship between the people of the United States of America and Canada.
The garden encompasses 2,300 acres of nature’s beauty, two pristine freshwater lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, wildflowers, waterfalls, and a large variety of North American birds and animals. Modern and rustic camping facilities are available, as well as facilities for hosting weddings, conventions, and reunions. Last, but not least, is the phenomenal Formal Garden. With more than 80,000 flowering annuals and perennials, the formal garden is home to a variety of installations including a pollinator garden, a kitchen garden growing fresh produce used in the café, and an All-American Selection Garden that serves as just one of three testing sites for new seeds. Terraces, fountains and sculptures delight visitors and make our Formal Gardens a favorite destination. Don’t miss the iconic floral clock, sunken garden and floral flags.
The main building on site houses a restaurant, gift shop, horticulture library and most importantly, The Conservatory. The world-class Conservatory collection contains 5,000+ cacti and succulent species collected from all over the world.
An off-the-wall nearby attraction is Mystical Horizons – the “Stonehenge of the Prairie” on the edge of the Turtle Mountains.
Overnight: Bottineau or Lake Metigoshe State Park