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Situated in the Upper Midwestern part of the United States, North Dakota is the 19th largest and third least populous state of the country. It is bordered by South Dakota to the south, Montana to the west, Minnesota to the east, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north.
History of North Dakota
North Dakota was home to several Native American tribes before the advent of the Europeans. It was in the 18th century that Europeans established trade contact with the tribes. It was a part of the Minnesota Territory and later Dakota Territory. A separate state of North Dakota was formed in 1889. It is the 39th state of the United States.
The state has three distinct geographical regions: Red River Valley, the Drift Prairie, and the Great Plains. It also has Badlands in the southwestern part of its territory. Important rivers of North Dakota are the Red River and Missouri River. The state is very rich in mineral resources, especially fossil fuels.
North Dakota enjoys a typical continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The state experiences snowstorms and tornados in spring.
Some places of tourist interest in North Dakota are listed below :
- Fargo : Tourists would just love this city. Visit the Red River Zoo, Thunder Road Amusement Park, Fargo Theatre, Bonanzaville USA, and the Fargo Air Museum. The Fargo Marathon is another attraction of the city.
- Grand Forks : It is home to the University of North Dakota. Popular tourist spots include the Flood Memorial Monument, North Dakota Museum of Art, Splasher's of the South Seas, and Japanese Gardens. Hockey enthusiasts would love the Ralph Englestad Arena.
- Bismarck : It is the capital of North Dakota and it lies on the east bank of the Missouri River. It has many interesting places that attract tourists all over the world. Some of these attractions are the Dakota Zoo, North Dakota Heritage Center, State Capitol Building, the Missouri River, and the McDowell Dam Nature Park.
- Mandan : Founded in 1879, this city lies on the banks of the mighty Missouri River. Some interesting tourist sites of the city are the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, On-A-Slant Village, North Dakota State Railroad Museum, and the Raging Rivers Waterpark. Outdoor enthusiasts would love the Huff Hills Ski Area and the Mandan Municipal Golf Course.
- Medora : This is a city in the Billings County and is named after a French nobleman’s wife. Places of tourist interest include the famous Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, Maah Daah Hey Trail, Medora Riding Stables, Little Missouri National Grassland, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Caprock-Coulee Trail.
- Jamestown : If you visit Jamestown, take out some time and pay a visit to the unique National Buffalo Museum. Other popular tourist spots include Stutsman County Memorial Museum, Frontier Village, and the Jamestown Speedway.
- Lake LaMoure : A beautiful lake, particularly known for the fireworks show on 4th of July.
- Fort Union Trading Post : An important fort in upper Missouri. It is situated in Williston.
Last Updated : February 16, 2015