The Enchanted Highway in North Dakota is a unique and one-of-a-kind attraction that is sure to take visitors on a journey through art and history. The 32-mile stretch of road is adorned with seven giant metal sculptures that are thematically related to the western North Dakota’s cultural and historical roots. These sculptures are the brainchild of former school principal Gary Greff, who was determined to make his small town of Regent a destination in and of itself.
Former school principal Gary Greff, a native of Regent, a small town in Western North Dakota, was concerned that his town would become another casualty of progress. In 1989, Greff had an “If you build it, they will come” moment when he saw a hay bale strongman built by a local farmer caused folks to pull off the road to snap pictures of the creation. With zero experience in welding or creating art, he began building the world’s largest metal sculptures and placing them along the Enchanted Highway. By 2006, he had completed a total of seven sculptures for the 32-mile stretch of road. The sculptures are a big attraction for tourists, and the only sculpture visible from the Interstate 94 is “Geese in Flight,” which earned the distinction of the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2002. Greff’s funding comes from contributions from visitors and revenue generated at the Enchanted Highway gift shop.
The Enchanted Highway is not just a visual experience, but also an educational one. Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque that provides information about the history and culture of the area. The sculptures are a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of Gary Greff and a true reflection of the community’s roots.
If you’re ever in Western North Dakota, be sure to take a drive on the Enchanted Highway. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience that showcases the beauty and history of the region. The Enchanted Highway is a true hidden gem and a must-see attraction for visitors to the area.
Regent, North Dakota, 58650