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Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway- This byway provides excellent opportunities to view wildlife in a natural setting including nesting and brood-rearing waterfowl, raptors and other migratory birds.
Killdeer Byway- The Killdeer byway is alleged to be the most scenic byway in western North Dakota. This land dips through the rugged Killdeer Mountains and has been sculpted into curious formations by wind, water, and sand.
Rendezvous Region Backway- Stuffed in the extreme northeast corner of the state, the backway begins one mile east of Walhalla and meanders west along the Pembina River. The river is the only white-water river in the state and is superb for canoeing.
Sheyenne River Valley Byway- Open-prairie panoramas, heavy woods, and lush farmland flank this drive along the Sheyenne River. The road's sides are sprayed with wildflowers in spring and summer; they're aflame with sunflowers in autumn.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit Byway- This 13.7 mile scenic loop within the Theodore Roosevelt National Park gives access to superb camping, backpacking, birdwatching, hiking, and horseback riding. You can canoe and kayak the Little Missouri, which follows the route.
Turtle Mountain Byway- This byway travels through the tree-covered Turtle Mountains.

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Description - North Dakota's Scenic Byway Program includes four byways and two backways. The Turtle Mountain Byway travels through the tree-covered Turtle Mountains. Along the Killdeer Byway, the land dips through the rugged Killdeer Mountains and has been sculpted into curious formations by wind, water, and sand. The Sheyenne River Valley Byway offers open-prairie panoramas, heavy woods, and lush farmland along the Sheyenne River. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit Byway consists of a 13.7 mile scenic loop within the Theodore Roosevelt National Park which gives access to superb camping, backpacking, birdwatching, hiking, and horseback riding. Stuffed in the extreme northeast corner of the state, Rendevous Region Backway begins one mile east of Walhalla and meanders west along the Pembina River. Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway provides excellent opportunities to view wildlife in a natural setting including nesting and brood-rearing waterfowl, raptors and other migratory birds.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - North Dakota lies in the northwestern continental interior of the US. Characteristically, summers are hot, winters very cold, and rainfall sparse to moderate, with periods of drought. The average annual temperature is 40°F, ranging from 7°F in January to 69°F in July.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.


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North Dakota - This large, northern state is short on people and large on natural areas. Navigable waterways, unique landforms and diverse wildlife made this state attractive to President Theodore Roosevelt who came to the region often.

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