When thinking about a North Dakota highway, miles and miles of farmland is what comes to mind, right? Never in a million years would I have thought of a highway dotted with cool, life-sized sculptures that would delight passersby of all ages. But that’s what my mom and I found just outside Bismarck, ND!
A 32-mile stretch of highway conceived by local artist Gary Greff in hopes of attracting tourists to the area, the Enchanted Highway boasts the largest scrap metal sculptures in the WORLD. It runs from Gladstone, ND to Regent, ND (heading south) and can be taken if traveling from Bismarck, ND down to South Dakota, as my mom and I were.
You can cruise right by them or opt to get out for a closer look, which we did at some.We knew it would be cool, but didn’t have any idea just how monstrous the sculptures would be. I guess it’s no surprise since the sculptures look massive from the highway, but it’s truly amazing to see how much larger they are when you’re standing just feet away!
And as an added bonus, the wildflowers were at their prime when we visited in July. Made for a gorgeous drive! (See, there is something AWESOME in every state!)
-> Wildflowers for miles. <-
-> The detail on Fisherman’s Dream was impressive! <-
-> Can you spot me in this photo? Now I am petite, but I’m not THAT tiny! <-
-> I thought these birds were so precious! <-
As you approach the end of the Enchanted Highway in Regent, ND, make sure you take a few minutes to visit the Enchanted Highway Gift Shop and the Regent Co-Op Store. As I’m sure you can imagine, both offer a super-eclectic mix of things!
Have you ever been to North Dakota? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!