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In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's Mar 25th, 2013 at 12:00PM: If Rebecca Bierman gets an urge for a Big Mac, she has at least four options to satisfy the craving. "I can go to Pierre or Sturgis, here in South Dakota," says Bierman, a farmer and rancher who lives in Glad Valley, South Dakota. "Or I can go to Dickinson or Bismarck in North Dakota." The McDonald's in Pierre is 142 miles from her home, the Sturgis branch is 147 miles away, and the golden...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see Jun 9th, 2010 at 12:00PM: America's heartland is home to plentiful crops, rolling hills and orange sunsets. You can find a Dairy Queen next to a cherry tree and park yourself in front of a drive-in movie on a hot summer night. There's also the world's largest bottle of ketchup, and enchanted highway and the Jolly Green Giant.... wait, what? It's true, travelers. The Midwest is home to many quirky attractions that might...

Weekend travel media's top five

Weekend travel media's top five Jun 1st, 2010 at 8:30AM: Here are some keepers from this past weekend's English-language newspaper travel sections. 1. In the Financial Times, Philip Horne writes a fascinating North Dakota pilgrimage story that traces Theodore Roosevelt's tenure in the Peace Garden State. 2. In the Guardian, Haroon Siddique writes about the Bed&Fed phenomenon (a couchsurfing/hostelling hybrid) across the UK and Ireland. 3....

18 more great spots for hikers

18 more great spots for hikers Apr 30th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Most hikers agree: the best way to really learn about a place is to experience it by walking or climbing. It inspired us here at Gadling to take a look in February at the world's best hikes. There were so many great spots, in fact, we decided to follow it up today with 18 more. This collection of treasured, world-class hikes offers a variety of unforgettable experiences, and promises...

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay Apr 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Spring's upon us, and those summer months you've been desperately waiting for are nearly here (in this hemisphere, anyway). We can't help but say that anytime is a perfect time for a road trip, but the prime months for hitting the highway are just ahead, and that leaves you precious little time to prepare. In haste, many road trippers tend to overlook, or simply brush aside, one critical aspect...

Moose tries to check in to hotel, lives another year

Moose tries to check in to hotel, lives another year Oct 16th, 2009 at 3:00PM: The front desk staff of the Mainstay Suites in Fargo, North Dakota had to deal with an unusual guest. A moose came by the hotel but was unable to communicate his exact needs. So, he hung out in the courtyard for a while, noshing on grass and leaves until a veterinarian, armed with a tranquilizer gun, put him to sleep before he could even get to a bed. Had the moose been able to communicate, he...

Frustrated passenger beats up airline "employee" - breaks its screen

Frustrated passenger beats up airline Oct 4th, 2009 at 10:30AM: A passenger at Bismarck airport was apparently having some issues getting a Delta Airlines check-in kiosk to accept his information. So, instead of yelling at it, like any normal frustrated passenger would do, he beat the poor thing up. His anger caused $15,000 in damage to the kiosk, and in addition to being taken into custody and being charged with a felony, both the airport terminal...

Birds vs planes. Another bird loses and forces an emergency landing.

Birds vs planes. Another bird loses and forces an emergency landing. Jul 1st, 2009 at 1:30PM: The bird strike in the skies above LaGuardia airport yesterday didn't faze the passengers--they didn't know it occurred. When American Airlines Flight 1256 was arriving from Miami, getting ready to land, it met up with some of our feathered friends. Good-bye birds. Also, good- bye nose gear hydraulic system After landing, the pilot discovered that the system wasn't working, thus the 737-800 had...

Photo of the Day (6-17-09)

Photo of the Day (6-17-09) Jun 17th, 2009 at 4:00PM: One of the most beautiful sites in North Dakota in the summer time is the fields along the highway that are filled with yellow sunflowers. This shot by flicts reminds me of that--plus the warmth, energy and happiness of the season. The angle also turns this one flower into a kaleidoscope of nature. If you've captured and image you'd like to share, add it to Gadling's Flickr photo pool and it...

Italian town pays women to have babies to keep afloat

Italian town pays women to have babies to keep afloat Jun 29th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Three summers ago we drove through Regent, North Dakota to see enormous scrap metal sculptures that were built along the Enchanted Highway as a means to get tourists to drive off the main interstate to Regent. The town was dying because making money there had become a dwindling proposition. Recently, my husband said that he'd like to drive to Regent again to see those sculptures, so perhaps they...

Three extreme athletes snowkite across North Dakota

Three extreme athletes snowkite across North Dakota Mar 1st, 2008 at 4:00PM: "They're doing what?" was my first reaction when hearing about To Cross the Moon (2XtM) expedition that took three extreme athletes across North Dakota by way of snowkite. On Friday 2XtM successfully finished their 390 mile snowkiting trek across one of the coldest states in the country, making them some of the coolest and intense travelers in my book. Snowkiting is basically snowboarding with the...

North Dakota Is World's Best Maker of Snow Angels

North Dakota Is World's Best Maker of Snow Angels Mar 28th, 2007 at 3:01PM: Florida is known for its wonderful weather, Iowa for its beautiful fields of corn, and North Dakota...for its snow angels? Believe it or not, the North Dakota Senate recently filed a resolution in praise of their recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's best snow angel makers. So how does one become the world's reigning snow angel champion? It may seem simple, but it's no...

Word for the Travel Wise (10/08/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (10/08/06) Oct 8th, 2006 at 8:00PM: Having recently purchased a small Lakota dictionary for beginner's I thought I'd put it to use here on Gadling. Lakota won't be a language you run around using on a daily basis even with the majority of speakers in the U.S. For the following word I please note the letter 'n' should be more like a 'n' with a 'j' hanging from the second line of the 'n'. I don't have the correct character key, but...

North Dakota Heritage Center

North Dakota Heritage Center Oct 5th, 2006 at 10:06AM: Before hitting Bismarck, ND we were told by the hotel staff to keep moving towards South Dakota (our next stop). The river boat tour, also the main attraction in Bismarck, was closed for the season and the only thing of interest for the locals was hitting up a bar at night. Not the type of thing we were going for and to piggy-back on what the locals have to say - they are very correct when...

Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center

Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center Oct 4th, 2006 at 11:01AM: Fargo may not be the world's center for ragin' night life or amusement parks for the kiddies, but there is one place for both children and adults I recommend visiting if staying in the North Dakota town. However, depending on where you are in the area you'll probably need to drive a few miles, maybe 3-5 to get to the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center which is actually located across the state...

America's Cleanest & Greenest Cities

America's Cleanest & Greenest Cities Apr 6th, 2006 at 2:21PM: The Ames-Boone area of Iowa normally doesn't get mentioned around here too much, but it's time to turn things around or our travel destinations at least. Forbes.com runs an interesting health piece which highlights America's greenest and cleanest cities. The listing is based on ozone pollution and particles from data collected by the American Lung Association's 2005 set of statistics and according...

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