The Turtle Mountains are brimming with activity for people of all ages and interests. Browse the list below to discover more about area towns and attractions. For directions and locations, click the Map link on the left.

Image from peacegarden.comStretching across the border, the International Peace Gardens are dedicated to the long-standing peace between the United States and Canada. The International Peace Garden offers 2300 acres of scenic beauty and floral gardens. Favorite attractions include the Peace Tower, the floral clock, and the bell tower. Spend an exciting day with your family at the Interpretive Center, dine in the restaurant, and check out the ongoing educational programs and summer concerts. Hiking and biking trails are also available.

Don't miss the garden's newest attraction, the September 11 memorial made of steel girders from the fallen World Trade Center. Whether you're searching for excitement with your family or relaxation among the beautiful flowers of the formal gardens, the International Peace Garden will provide you a truly unique experience. For more information, visit the official website of the garden.

Mystical Horizons

North Dakota's newest landmark is Mystical Horizons, the "Stonehenge" of the prairie. Based on local engineer and designer Jack Olson's vision for a 21st-century Stonehenge, the Mystical Horizons site offers a breathtaking view overlooking the farmland west of the Turtle Mountains. The stone and cement structures are designed so that visitors can view the summer and winter solstices and the equinox. Throughout the year, site goers can enjoy the North Star Polaris Sighting Tube and the sundial.

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To the north in Boissevain, Manitoba, art is big--literally. Over twenty giant murals adorn the town, along with an art museum and a 28-foot Tommy the Turtle statue welcoming guests to Boissevain. Unique shopping, restaurants, and golf will keep you busy during the day, and motels and campgrounds are available to extend your stay overnight. Don't miss Boissevain's turtle derby during the summer months! For more information on upcoming events, visit the town's official website.

Rugby, ND

Rugby, North Dakota has the honor of being the Geographical Center of North America--"that point on which the surface of the area would balance if it were a plane of uniform thickness." The Geographical Center monument is a fun attraction and favorite picture location. Visitors to Rugby are also drawn to the Prairie Village Museum and the Victorian Dress Museum, two facilities dedicated to the rich history of the North Dakota Prairie.

A visit to Rugby wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Rugby Golf Course or a peek at the authentically restored Amtrak train station. Various motels and restaurants will help to make your visit to Rugby a trip to remember. Rugby's official website offers more information to plan your stay.

From rolla.utma.Stop into Rolla, North Dakota in July for the renowned International Ragtop Festival. Collector cars and convertibles from near and far parade down Main Street to start the event. And don't miss the great fireworks display on the fourth of July, usually near the end of the festival.

Rolla is yet another Turtle Mountain area town situated among lakes and forests, making it the perfect spot for hunting and fishing. Camping is available, as are a number of restaurants. Check out the town's website for more information.

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Dunseith, North Dakota
is the southern gateway to the Peace Garden. Plan to stop in Dunseith during Rodeo Days, hosted by the Dunseith Rodeo Club, or during the Little Shell Pow Wow Grounds' powwow. This exciting display of Native American culture and tradition draws tribes from all over the United States and Canada and awards prizes to many different classes of competition. And don't forget the Wheel Turtle--made entirely of hubs of wheels and located just outside Dale's Truck Stop.

Tommy Turtle

Bottineau, North Dakota is a city for all seasons and a center for outdoor recreation. Tommy Turtle, the world's largest turtle riding the world's largest snowmobile, testifies to Bottineau's popularity during the winter months. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers love the trails around Bottineau and Lake Metigoshe, only twelve miles northeast. Also, the Bottineau Winter Park is a popular destination for downhill skiers during the snowy season.

In the summer, nearby Lake Metigoshe provides an area for water recreation like boating, fishing, and water skiing, along with plenty of sunshine. The Bottineau Country Club and Birchwood golf courses draw golfers from throughout the region. Of course, the Lake Metigoshe State Park is perfect for camping and picnicking. Be sure to stop by the many shops in Bottineau for some one-of-a-kind souvenirs. More information about the town of Bottineau and Bottineau County is available at

Just west of the Turtle Mountains lies Westhope, North Dakota. With one of the region's favorite nine-hole golf courses, Westhope is definitely a stop on every golfer's trip through the Turtle Mountains. Plus, there's no waiting for tee times!

Come fall, the area is a major flyway for ducks and geese as well as upland game. Hunters from throughout the country return year after year to the welcoming, friendly town of Westhope.

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Deloraine, Manitoba takes pride in flying the flags of the world throughout various locations in town. Designed as a project for the millennium, "Flying the Flags of the World" now includes 193 foreign flags and the 13 provincial and territorial flags of Canada. Be sure to stop by Nygard Park (pictured) to see the largest collection of flags, which is truly an awe-inspiring display. For more info and photos, or to take a virtual tour of the town, stop by their website.

Step into the Dale & Martha Hawk Museum to see the past come alive before your eyes. Located 23 miles south of Rolla (see the Map link), this "diamond on the prairie" is open every day during the summer and by appointment in the winter. The museum contains one of the largest and most unique collections of antique farm equipment, one-of-a-kind vehicles, and antique household items in North Dakota. In addition to the original Hawk home, barn, and shops, many historical buildings have been moved to the farmstead, including a one room schoolhouse and several old churches. Don't miss the Antique Farm Show with parades, old-time music, threshing and steam engine operation, flour milling and lefse making. This event is always fun for the whole family! Visit the Hawk Museum website for more information.

Birdwatchers flock (pardon the pun) to Melita, Manitoba, the grasslands bird capital of the province. Rare prairie species draw birdwatchers from throughout the US and Canada. But Melita's recreational activities don't end there--also in the town are a bowling alley, curling rink, tennis court, and swimming pool. In the fall, hunters gather in Melita for their whitetail deer, sharp-tailed grouse, and partridges, among others. For information on camping or motels in the region, or just to learn more about the town, visit Melita's official website.

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On the shores of Lake Killarney is Killarney, Manitoba, a great destination for a weekend of recreation. This Canadian town was named after the Irish town of the same name because the beautiful lake reminded its founder of the Irish Lakes of Killarney. Swimmers, water-skiers, canoeists, and fishing enthusiasts all enjoy this lake during the warm summer months. Killarney Lakeside Golf Course offers beautiful scenery on all of its eighteen holes. Learn more about making Killarney a stop on your Turtle Mountain vacation by visiting its website.

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