Summer is the peak tourist season in North Dakota, but the good news for travelers is that even at its height the crowds aren’t bad, even (or especially, given their size) in the popular Badlands. Summer, and to a lesser extent, late spring are also prime canoeing weather, as run-off swells the rivers.
The state is never particularly packed, but off-season sees an appreciable dip in visitor numbers. Autumn and the hunting season draw many outdoorsmen and women to North Dakota, but winter in the state is fairly harsh, and not many people go out of their way to spend their free time dealing with it.
North Dakota Facts
State Abbreviation: ND
State Capital: Bismarck
Largest City: Fargo
Area: 70,704 square miles (19th biggest state in the USA)
North Dakota Population: 636,677 (as of 2005)
Major Industries: farming, cattle, mining, electrical power generation
North Dakota Rivers: James River, Missouri River, Red River
North Dakota Lakes: Lake Sakakawea, Lake Ohe
Highest Point: White Butte - 3,506 feet above sea level
Lowest Point: Red River - 750 feet above sea level