Explore the history of Williston through interactive adventures

Discover your own favorite places in Williston while learning something new along the way. Make memories as you explore natural wonders and historical sites, retracing the footsteps of pioneers past, who ventured through Williston long ago.

  • Lake Sakakawea
    Lake Sakakawea

    Tucked in the northwestern corner of North Dakota and just miles from Ramada Williston, Lake Sakakawea offers varied water activities. Enjoy swimming and fishing during the summer months, while ice fishing is popular in the winter. Lake Sakakawea is alive with some of the region's best bass fishing. When you’re ready to cast a line, we suggest calling on Matt Liebel of Liebel's Guide Service for a full or half-day excursions on his well-equipped boat. Not only does he know where the fish are biting, but he will provide gear, bait, and even clean and package your fresh catch the same day. All you need is a North Dakota fishing license (available online), a picnic lunch, shades and sunscreen.

  • Fort Union Trading Post
    Fort Union Trading Post

    15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801

    (701) 572-9083

    Fort Union Trading Post was the most important fur exchange on the Upper Missouri River. Northern Plains Indian Tribes once exchanged pelts, guns, blankets and beads here. As a National Historic Site, it represents the center of peaceful economic activity between settlers and Native Americans. Now, operated by the National Park Service, Fort Union offers a space for self-guided tours, local archeology, hiking and special events in the summer months.

  • Lewis and Clark State Park
    Lewis and Clark State Park

    The original campgrounds of Lewis and Clark during their westward expedition, this famous park is located just outside of town. Set against the rugged beauty of North Dakota's Badlands, it provides a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, and stretching out your legs on a scenic hike. Picnic sites and a boat lunch are also available, so it’s easy to spend an entire day in this picturesque place where you're sure to meet nature-loving locals and visitors alike.

  • Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center
    Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center

    612 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, North Dakota 58505

    (701) 328-2666

    History buffs can experience the same magnificent views that Lewis and Clark saw when they reunited here on August 11, 1806. The Interpretive Center's "Trails, Tracks, Rivers and Roads" exhibit features more than 200 artifacts, including an army frontier transport wagon and a steamboat captain's navigating wheel. The rotunda tells the story of the Expedition through three large murals, highlighting quotes from the pair's journals, and there are several walking trails right outside.

  • Frontier Museum
    Frontier Museum

    6330 2nd Ave W, Williston, ND 58801

    (701) 580-2415

    Interact with history in a welcoming environment at the Frontier Museum, a living tribute to the region’s rugged past. The museum’s collection includes a two-story pioneer home, a rural church, restored Great Northern depot, country school and taxi depot, as well as displays from the 1800s through 1950s. An onsite church built in 1909 is available for intimate weddings and an outdoor courtyard is ideal for receptions. Private tours and photography excursions are also offered.

  • James Memorial Art Center
    James Memorial Art Center

    621 1st Ave W, Williston, ND 58801

    (701) 774-3601

    Dedicated to preserving history and promoting art, The James Memorial Art Center was originally obtained by the Williston Women's Civic League in 1909. Funded by Arthur Curtiss James as a memorial to his father, D. Willis James, the library opened on February 27, 1911. In 1993 the James Memorial Preservation Society was formed to save the historic building and develop it into a center for the visual arts - where it continues to host educational programs, exhibits, other activities.

  • The Old Armory
    The Old Armory

    320 1st Ave E, Williston, ND 58801

    (701) 577-0278

    A lot of local history has been made inside the walls of the Old Armory since it was first dedicated in 1916. The eye-catching building once served as a community auditorium, a teen canteen during WWII, and has hosted every imaginable activity over the years from traveling shows to political rallies and indoor auto shows to name a few. Currently used as Williston’s center for the performing arts, the Old Armory can be rented out for weddings, funerals, concerts and dances.

  • Williston ARC
    Williston ARC
    822 18th St EWilliston, ND 

    (701) 572-9272

    Williston’s brand-new recreation center offers a little bit of everything for sports lovers, including four indoor tennis courts, four basketball courts, batting cages, a golf simulator, swimming pool, racquetball courts, an elevated walking track, cardio and spin studios, free weights, group fitness classes - and even a waterpark with its own FlowRider wave simulator. Daily passes are available.

  • "Amtrak trip stay"

    Loved the stay. The breakfast in the morning was a great way to start the day. The front desk personnel were always helpful.
    - 32maggieg
  • “Great Stay”

    Accommodations were clean and plentiful - game room, exercise room, food buffet, etc. Staff was friendly and helpful - tips on places to eat and reading suggestions.
    - stephenfP4445VB
  • “Always Improving”

    I have stayed at the Ramada Williston on several occasions, and each time the experience improves. The staff seems more permanent, and they truly want your stay to be great. They always seem to go the extra mile. Having a great food option and a on-property bar sets the Ramada apart. I highly recommend it for a good mid-range value hotel.
    - MNChief
  • “Quiet and great beds”

    Pulled in to this hotel about 8:30pm and was looking forward to a nice bed and I know from traveling how beds are a hit and miss at hotels. got to the room and it was so quiet you couldn't even tell that the A/c was on and the bed was fantastically comfortable. Very nice staff
    - CodyTravelingForWork
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