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The Valley

September 16, 2021

The Valley is undoubtedly North Dakota’s most beautiful city. The city offers locals and visitors plenty to experience all year round, including scenic parks, bridges and incredible outdoor recreation. Popularly known as the City of Bridges, the Valley is nestled along the meandering Sheyenne River valley, about 60 miles (100 km) west of Fargo. It was initially called Worthington before being renamed and incorporated as a village in 1881.

Some of the things to do in the city include:

  • Outdoor recreation Sheyenne River Valley: Water recreation activities offer one of the most remarkable ways to enjoy summer in Valley city. Whether your sport is paddling, fishing, boating, sailing, or pontooning, you’ll find plenty of excitement exploring the Sheyenne River Valley.
  • Hike or drive the scenic Historic Bridge Tour: Along the Sheyenne River that winds through the city, there are thirteen bridges, with eight of them making up the Historic Bridges Tour. The High Lane Bridge is one of the eight iconic bridges defining the city. It is a 3,860 feet bridge standing at 162 feet above the Sheyenne River to offer one of the most stunning views you could ever hope for. Stop at Rosebud Visitor Center on Main Street to pick up a map of the Historic Bridges Tour, and have a great time exploring the imposing gems.
  • Visit Medicine Wheel Park: Valley City has seven beautiful parks. The 30-acre Medicine Wheel Park is arguably the most notable of the parks. It is a unique scenic landmark on VCSU’s campus that started as a class project in 1992. It has since evolved to become one of the most treasured hallmarks of the community providing endless recreational and educational destinations. Wander the park’s nature trails and the perennial flower garden and check out other attractions that offer a unique mix of nature, scenic, and history- including the Native American Burial Grounds, Walking Tour of The Solar System Meridian Calendar, and more.
  • Stop by the Rosebud Visitor Center: If you are an antique enthusiast, a stop at the iconic Rosebud Visitor Center will lead you to exceptional hands-on exhibits, including the ND Agriculture Hall of Fame and the 1881 Superintendent’s Railcar.

Finally, The City of Bridges has a thriving business community, exciting recreation destinations, and a vibrant city center. It is an all-weather-season destination that offers an exciting blend of outdoor adventure and signature experiences.


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