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Dinosaurs and culture in Dickinson, North Dakota

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When you think of North Dakota, you might not immediately think of dinosaurs. But paleontologists have found a wealth of fossils in North Dakota’s rich soil. At the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, you can examine dozens of full scale skeletal casts and thousands of fossils of these extinct beasts. Admission is $7, and the museum is open from May 1 through Labor Day.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually be a paleontologist, the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum (in nearby Bowman) lets you do just that. For $100 ($75 for students) you can spend the day digging for fossils in the rugged, rocky terrain. Pre-registration is required, and the day tours operate from May through August. Remember to bring sunscreen and lots of curiosity.

The Oasis Inn sits in the heart of Dickinson, and offers spacious rooms starting at just $51. Breakfast is included, and they even give you a complimentary bicycle for the duration of your stay.

North Dakota has a thriving Ukrainian community, and every year the North Dakota Ukrainian Festival is held in Dickinson. From July 18 through 20, you can experience Ukrainian art, music, history, culture, food, and dance. Concerts are $8, and the buffet is $10.

For more planning tips, go to the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

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