Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Aerial America: The Dakotas

Take in the soaring views above a state that inspired a future president, launched the country’s first millionaire, and kept a dark, rich secret under its expansive prairies for centuries. This lofty journey over North Dakota highlights the Roughrider State’s grand beauty, which healed a grieving Teddy Roosevelt and transformed him into a defender of America’s wild land. Explore the state’s booms and busts, from fur trade explosions to frontier battles to the thousands of oil wells that dot the land and house flaming vents that are visible from space.

A Smithsonian Channel Film.

Program is included in museum admission; free to museum members.

Three docent-led museum tours are regularly offered Tuesday through Sunday at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information.

For a downloadable and printable version of the museum’s program schedule click here.