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Backpack to North Dakota for some harvest shenanigans

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Backpack to North Dakota for some harvest shenanigans
Harvest time in North Dakota looks fun for any backpackers stationed in hostels around the state, with lots of different things to do and see over the month of September. It's quite a big deal for the natives of North Dakota and visitors will be amazed by the multitude of events put on across the towns and cities. Many of the activities involve pumpkins and corn, good news for vegetarians. Bismarck features Papa's Pumpkin Patch and Walhalla puts on the Giant Pumpkin Festival, which helps people call up the Hallowe'en spirit. For backpackers wanting a bit of adventure, Mandan's core maze should keep you entertained.

If food-related parties aren't what you're after, there's plenty of opportunity to explore the North Dakota countryside, with trail riding in the Killdeer Mountains and hacking through the Pembina Gorge. Riding venues can be easily found across the state so backpackers should be spoiled for choice, if cowboy antics have been included on the holiday agenda.

Anyone looking to soak up a bit of local culture and history might be interested in visiting forts Union and Buford, where you can experience different times as the management put on living history re-enactments throughout the autumn. Failing that, visits to the farmers' markets are always a good idea and backpackers are likely to spend most of their travel money on homemade baked treats and crafts and jewellery. Some of the markets, such as Grand Forks, Valley City and Jamestown, provide live entertainment as well, to liven up proceedings.

If history's what the backpacking doctor ordered, a visit to the English city of Winchester might not be a bad idea either as its Fort Nelson is open to the public for free guided tours in September.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19348372-ADNFCR
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