USA TODAY awards Scandinavian Heritage Park

By Allan Blanks, Minot Daily News

July 10, 2017

America has spoken, the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, was voted North Dakota’s best attraction by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award, Friday.

According to USA TODAY, voters across the country were mesmerized by the Dala Horse, which towers over trees and landmarks at a whopping 25-feet tall.

Along with the striking size and bold artistry of the Dala Horse, the panel from USA TODAY were impressed with the captivating monuments and exquisite landscape of the popular tourist destination.

Described by USA TODAY as a trip across the pond, both experts and voters marveled at the many replicas and statues that celebrate Scandinavian countries, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

From an enchanting waterfall producing a stream that retires to tranquil ponds to historic homes which surround the Danish Windmill, the stunning landmarks, immaculate landscapes and unique ability to interact with history scored a prestigious victory over a competitive field of statewide contenders.

Marian Anderson, the office manager at the Scandinavian Heritage Park office, expressed great delight for the park’s recent accomplishment.

“It’s a great honor,” Anderson said. “All along, we believed we were number one and it feels nice to earn the award. We’re very thankful for all of the voters who voted for us.”

According to Anderson, the most popular sight at the Scandinavian Heritage Park is the Gol Stave Church Museum.

As a popular wedding and tourist destination, the Gol Stave Church Museum is both a Magic City landmark and a wooden marvel.

In addition to the wonderment provided at North Dakota’s top destination, visitors can experience the Scandinavian Heritage Park, free of cost or provide donations which are used to maintain the popular attraction.

For more information about the Scandinavian Heritage Park, visit online at or call 852-9161.


Visit the official Hostfest site
Visit the Scandinavian Heritage Association site
Visit the Scandinavian Hall of Fame site