North Dakota  is a state in the Great Plains of the United States. It is bordered on the west by Montana, on the east by Minnesota, on the south by South Dakota, and on the north by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. North Dakota, the 39th state, was admitted to the Union in 1889. The year 2005 marked the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark  expedition which began in Illinois and passed through North Dakota on the way to the Pacific Northwest, with help from a Shoshone Indian girl, Sakakawea , as their guide. North Dakota's 53 counties  cover approximately 70,655 square miles (183,000 square kilometers) and has a population of approximately 639,000.
- Coteaus & Plains: Barnes, Burleigh, Dickey, Emmons, Foster, Griggs, Kidder, La Moure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Sargent, Stutsman counties. Map: .
- Lakes & Gardens: Benson, Eddy, McHenry, McLean, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Sheridan, Towner, Ward, Wells counties. Map: .
- Red River Valley: Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, Richland, Steele, Traill, Walsh counties. Map: .
- Western North Dakota: Adams, Burke, Divide, Dunn, Grant, Hettinger, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Sioux, Stark, Williams counties. Map: .
- Fargo - North Dakota's largest city, and home of North Dakota State University .
- Bismarck - State Capital and growing every day.
- Grand Forks - Home to the University of North Dakota.
- Minot - The Magic City, the primary city in northwest North Dakota.
- Dickinson - The crown of the Southwest, gateway to the Badlands.
- Williston - The biggest city on the upper Missouri.
- Regent - Terminus of the Enchanted Highway .
- Rugby - the geographical center of North America.
- Jamestown - The Buffalo City, pride of the Prairie.
- Devils Lake - The heart of North Dakota lake country.
- West Fargo - Bonanzaville Pioneer Village & Museum: Cass County Historical Society.
North Dakota is a large, sparsely populated state. It was settled mainly by farmers of Scandinavian and German descent. North Dakota's population has scarcely changed since 1915, but its urban-to-rural ratio has changed dramatically over the years. One-sixth of the people in the state live in Fargo, and that figure is growing all the time. The state's economy is based on its agriculture, food processing, mining, tourism and machinery.
North Dakota is the least-visited state in the union, not surprising given its location. But there is something to be found for those willing to venture into the unknown. North Dakota is living proof that there is much to see and do off the beaten tourist path and in small towns. Outdoor activities abound year round: hiking, biking, camping (tent and RV), boating, fishing, sailing, tubing, birding, photography, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, archery, and more. If you fancy disc golf , there are fourteen regulation courses in the state. Or you can simply take a scenic drive through hills and lakes, badlands, or plains. Military buffs will enjoy visiting the old frontier forts. Nature lovers can see hundreds of species of birds, animals, fish, and wild flowers. Geological formations of almost every type are here. You can dig for fossils or hunt for unique mineral specimens.
Famous North Dakotans include: former CBS newsman Eric Sevareid (Velva, ND), actress Angie Dickinson (Kulm, ND), "Fever" singer Peggy Lee (Jamestown, ND), "bubbling machine" bandleader Lawrence Welk (Strasburg, ND), and author Louis L'Amour (Jamestown, ND).
Scheduled airline service is available in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, and Williston.
Northwest Airlines  offers daily flights to all destinations except Dickinson.
United Express  serves Williston, Dickinson, Bismarck, and Fargo.
Allegiant Air  serves Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks.
Interstate 94 runs east-west through the southern side of the state. Interstate 29 runs north-south on the eastern edge of the state.
US Highway 2 runs east-west through the northern side of the state. US Highways 85, 83, 281, and 81 run north-south through the state. US Highway 52 runs northwest-southeast through the state.
For those of you arriving from Canada, 24-hour customs stations are available at SK 39 (US 52) in Portal, MB 10 (US 281) at the Peace Gardens, and MB 75 (I-29) near Pembina.
Amtrak's  Empire Builder line serves Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Rugby, Minot, Stanley, and Williston.
- The Geographical Center of North America in Rugby.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in two units near Dickinson and Watford City, and the Little Missouri National Grasslands between them.
- KVLY-TV Tower  2 miles west of Blanchard, is the tallest radio tower, and formerly the tallest man-made structure on earth at 629 meters, or 2063 feet.
- The International Peace Garden in the Turtle Mountains, a 930 hectare park located on the Manitoba border. Simply gorgeous in the summer.
- The State Capitol grounds in Bismarck, which feature the 20 story Capitol, the State Historical Society Museum, and plenty of open park.
- The Enchanted Highway between the Gladstone exit on I-94 and the small town of Regent on the Cannonball River in southwest ND.
- The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail which runs through Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington (state)
- Norsk Høstfest in Minot in early October.
- The Turtle Mountains and Badlands are worth driving through. See also: Lewis and Clark Trail
- Birding: nearly four hundred species  of birds inhabit or visit North Dakota. ND Birding Society 
- Bonanzaville Pioneer Village & Museum, 1351 West Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078, ☎ 701-282-2822, . Summer Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm.. Red River Valley & Cass County Historical Society at Bonanzaville. Self-guided tour of 40 buildings on 12 acres includes authentic log cabin, schoolhouse, church, train depot, Prairie houses & mansion. Automobile, tractor, airplane and Native American collections. Special Events June, July, August, September. Fun for all ages. Bus tours welcome.Ages 5 & under Free; Ages 6-16 $4; Adults $8..
- Totten Trail, US 83 at Lake Audubon, rural McLean County. Reasonably priced food in a unique location.
If you're leaving North Dakota by car, you may wish to take Interstate 29 north to Winnipeg, or Interstate 94 east to Minneapolis. The adventurous might choose to drive US 85 straight through the Badlands south to Sturgis, either to see the motorcycle rally, or en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and other attractions of the Badlands and Black Hills.
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