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The North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the state, towers over the central part of Bismarck. The state governme...

Devils Lake

Devils Lake

The Sioux called the lake mni wakachante, which separately translate as mni (water),waka(spirit),and chante (bad). Early European-...



Founded in 1871, Fargo is the crossroads and economic center of southeastern North Dakota and a portion of northwestern Minneso...



The town site was chosen by the railroad to be placed on the land of then-homesteader Erik Ramstad. Ramstad was convinced to re...


When to visit:

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

Bordering States: Minnesota , Montana ,South Dakota

Bordering Country: Canada

Origin of the Name: Named after the Dakota tribes.

State Nickname: Peace Garden State, Roughrider State

State Motto: " Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable"

State Song: North Dakota Hymn