Discovering the Magic of North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure that combines quirky art, stunning landscapes, and a peaceful drive, North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway is your perfect destination. 

This scenic drive is a bit different than what you’ll find in South Dakota’s most scenic drives.

Stretching for 32 miles along a rural stretch from Interstate 94 near Gladstone to the small town of Regent, this unique highway offers travelers an array of massive metal sculptures that are as whimsical as they are awe-inspiring.

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As you embark on this enchanting journey, the flat, expansive prairie serves as a canvas to the creative and colossal sculptures that appear along the roadside. 

Each piece tells a story, not only of the region’s heritage but also of community spirit and one man’s dream to revive a small town through art.

1. Geese in Flight (Mile 0)

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Your journey begins with “Geese in Flight,” which holds the Guinness World Record as the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world. 

Positioned at the exit of Interstate 94, this impressive structure features a flock of geese soaring across the sky, symbolizing freedom and the expansive nature of the prairie. 

The blue sky and rolling clouds provide a breathtaking backdrop that complements the dynamic motion captured by the sculpture.

2. Deer Crossing (Mile 3)

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Next, you’ll encounter “Deer Crossing,” where a family of metal deer leaps elegantly over the grassy plains. 

This sculpture perfectly captures the wildlife that is so characteristic of North Dakota’s landscape. 

As you observe these graceful figures, you might even catch a glimpse of real deer prancing in the distance, blurring the lines between art and life.

3. Grasshoppers in the Field (Mile 15)

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The magic continues with “Grasshoppers in the Field.” Here, giant grasshoppers are depicted jumping through the tall prairie grass. 

The sculpture is a playful nod to the agricultural challenges faced in the region, transforming a common pest into an amusing roadside attraction.

4. Fisherman’s Dream (Mile 19)

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Driving further, “Fisherman’s Dream” emerges beside a serene lake. A massive fish jumping out of the water to catch a lure captivates those who love fishing or simply the serenity of water scenes. 

The surrounding area is often visited by local anglers, making this sculpture a favorite stop for a quick photo or a peaceful picnic.

5. Pheasants on the Prairie (Mile 24)

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As you continue, you’ll see “Pheasants on the Prairie,” where a family of pheasants, rendered in striking detail, pecks at the ground. 

The size and realism of this sculpture make it a spectacular sight against the endless horizon of the prairie.

6. Teddy Rides Again (Mile 26)

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An homage to North Dakota’s rich history, “Teddy Rides Again” features President Theodore Roosevelt on horseback, reminding us of his influential role in American conservation and his love for the Badlands. 

This sculpture stands as a proud reminder of the state’s past and the enduring spirit of one of its most famous visitors.

7. World’s Largest Tin Family (Mile 30)

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As you near the end of your journey, you’ll meet the “Tin Family,” a charming depiction of rural life with a farmer, his wife, and son. 

The sculpture exudes a sense of warmth and humor, with exaggerated features and friendly waves inviting you to explore the small-town culture of Regent.

8. Enchanted Castle Gift Shop (Mile 32)

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Your magical drive concludes in Regent, where you can explore more about the Enchanted Highway at the gift shop and learn how this project started by Gary Greff, a local teacher and artist, has transformed the community and continues to draw visitors from all around the world.

You’ll also find the in-progress Enchanted Castle Hotel and Knight & Dragon Sculpture here as well.

A Must-Visit!

The Enchanted Highway offers not just a journey through art but an immersion into the vast, breathtaking prairie landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. 

It’s a perfect drive for families, art lovers, or anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. 

And you don’t just have to view these attractions from you car, there’s a parking lot and room to pull over and check out each of them up close!

The route is less about the destination and more about enjoying the ride, taking in the views, and letting your imagination soar with each unique sculpture.

So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and set off on this enchanting drive. 

You’ll find that each mile brings a new surprise, making the Enchanted Highway a truly unforgettable experience. 

Whether you come for the sculptures or the serene prairie backdrop, this drive promises to enchant and inspire, making it a must-visit on your travel itinerary.