With most of the state's land still devoted to farming and ranching, North Dakota attractions continue to evoke the flavor of the Old West.
First explored by French Canadians in the early 1700's, North Dakota territory was finally acquired by the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Intrepid Irish and Scottish settlers established the state's first town, Pembina, almost ten years later.
Famous for its rugged outdoor activities such as deer hunting and bass and trout fishing, North Dakota boasts millions of acres of public parks including Theodore Roosevelt National Park complete with herds of wild horses.
Home to North Dakota State University, Fargo also offers more urban attractions with its variety of sports arenas, art exhibits, theaters and historic museums. Although the North Dakota's biggest city does not figure prominently in the film plot, Fargo was securely put on the map in the popular imagination when the Oscar-winning movie of the same name was released in the 1990's.
Major tourist attractions in North Dakota include Theodore Roosevelt National Park (left);
the Buffalo Museum in Jamestown (middle); and the Dakota Zoo in Bismark (right).
More about North Dakota tourist attractions around the Web:
North Dakota Tourism - Scenic attractions, hotel & restaurant guides, plus info on boating, canoeing, sailing, water parks, and browse around for more on fishing and hunting, pictures, maps, trip planner.
North Dakota - Wikitravel - An extensive insider guide to major attractions throughout the state including photos and suggested itineraries.