North Dakota offers great opportunities for travellers especially during the summer. The state is known for its wide-open spaces and large rural areas. The western landscape includes the Badlands and has a western flavour while the eastern regions feature a largely agricultural base. The population is largely spread through small towns and farms with the exception of limited large population centres of Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Bismarck.
Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are the principle tourist destinations in North Dakota. TRNP pays homage to the time the Teddy spent ranching in the Dakota Territory before moving on in politics and ultimately the White House. Medora, a small town on the edge of the park, features an outdoor musical as well as other attractions for visitors through the summer. The larger cities all offer a variety of attractions including the zoos at Bismarck, Minot and Fargo. Bismarck is also home to the North Dakota capital.
Visitors come to North Dakota for many reasons. The scenic beauty and history of the Badlands attracts thousands each year. The attractions across the state are too numerous to mention but include the World’s Largest Buffalo and Frontier Village at Jamestown, a restored Minuteman Missile Silo and launch facility at Cooperstown. This recently added historic site pays homage to the cold war era and the men and women who worked at these missile facilities. Many visitors to the state take advantage of the state’s amble hunting and fishing opportunities. Waterfowl hunting in the eastern part of the state takes advantage of the central flyway and the regions plentiful potholes. Pheasant and other upland game hunting is a state-wide passion with mule deer and whitetail also available. Lake Sakakawea, a Missouri River reservoir north of Bismarck, and Devils Lake, in eastern North Dakota, furnish great fishing ranging from salmon to perch along with walleye fishing that attracts tournament anglers each year.