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05-03-2011, 01:55 PM
This thread is for the minority of North Dakotan cosplayers or anyone who visits the state.

Scandinavian Buildings
North Dakota attracted many Scandinavian immigrants a long time ago so there are several places dedicated to their Scandinavian heritage. These places are perfect if you’re cosplaying from “How to Train Your Dragon” or “Scandinavia and the World” but also work for other cosplay.
The Scandinavian Heritage Park (http://www.scandinavianheritage.org/default.htm) pays ode to the Scandinavian countries with its building replicas. Click "Tour the Park" in the side menu to view their photo gallery and learn more about each building and statue. The Hopperstad Stave Church Replica ( http://www.hcscconline.org/secondarypages/hopperstadchurch.html) has a great interior and exterior are beautiful and very detailed. It is part of the Hjemkomst Center so you have to pay an admission fee.

Abandoned Buildings (http://ghostsofnorthdakota.com/)
This site is great for finding abandoned buildings, small towns, and other places throughout North Dakota.

Valley City Bridges (http://www.realnd.com/valleycitybridgesindex.htm)
If you're looking to take photos on/by a bridge, this site will help. This site provides a list of bridges found in Valley City and also provides images of each.

Public Gardens
Sadly, there aren’t very many gardens but I did manage to find two. The Japanese garden (http://www.discoveramerica.com/ca/north-dakota/gf-japanese-gardens.html) isn’t as extravagant as most but it is still a good location. The International Peace Garden (http://www.peacegarden.com/sights.htm) lies on the US-Canadian border. Fountains, flowers, and stone gardens make this a beautiful place for photoshoots. Unlike the Japanese garden, it has an entry fee.

Red River Zoo ( http://www.redriverzoo.org/index.html )
The Red River Zoo is small but it has a lot of potential for photo shoots. There are a lot of flowers and greenery in the zoo. There is also a carousel (http://www.fargomoorhead.org/assets/templates/fmcvb/uploads/carousel_booth.jpg ) ($2 per ride, $10 for 6). It’s almost never busy so you don’t have to worry about others getting in the shot. Admission fees vary.

Building Restorations
North Dakota has two miniature frontier town museums dedicated to preserving historical buildings. The first is Frontier Village (http://www.tourjamestown.com/Whatsee.php#FV ) in Jamestown and the second is Bonanzaville (http://www.bonanzaville.com/index.html) in West Fargo.

05-03-2011, 10:07 PM
A couple more ideas...

Wind Breaks on farms. Those dense rows of trees to prevent the wind and drifting snow from wreaking havoc on farms might be decent for Naruto, Berzerk, or other woodsy animes.

It's been a long time since I been there but right on the border between ND and Canada there's the International Peace Gardens.

Finally, Theodore Roosevelt National Park could be used for the few western-ish animes such as Gun X Sword and Trigun.