North Dakota is located in the Great Plains. All year round, visitors and residents can indulge in hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, sailing, hunting, archery, and other outdoor activities. Scenic hills, lakes, badlands, and plains make driving satisfying.
Those interested in historical military sites will surely find the old frontier forts worth a visit. These are reconstructed, as is the case with Fort Abraham Lincoln, reputedly one of the state's most popular parks. Tourists can visit the Old West town of Medora, or follow the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that runs through 11 states. A number of working ranches offer an authentic cowboy experience, complete with horseback riding, branding, and round-ups. For a glimpse into the Native American way of life, join a powwow—the largest of which is the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck. Held the weekend after Labor Day, it has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America several times.
If you're a nature buff, then you are sure to appreciate the hundreds of species of birds, animals, fish, and wildflowers in the state. North Dakota claims to have the most National Wildlife Refuges in the country. Guided tours of fossil digging sites are also available, featuring the site of recently uncovered fossils in the Badlands.
Other spots of interest are the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the 930-hectare International Peace Garden in the Turtle Mountains; the Enchanted Highway between the Gladstone Exit and the small town of Regent on the Cannonball River.
Visitors to North Dakota should not pass up the chance to see the 20-storey State Capitol in Bismarck. Then there is the State Historical Society Museum. Also worth seeing is the 2,063-foot KVLY-TV Tower, the tallest man-made structure on earth, two miles west of Blanchard.