I’ve lived in this low-key state for more than a decade and it still surprises me with unspoiled spots along quiet trails, quirky restaurants, shops and roadside stops and vibrant art and neighborhoods.
Head west for an off-the-grid getaway. Rust red scoria crunches underfoot as you trek along the craggy buttes and colorful bluffs of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and deeper into the badlands and backroads beyond. Eastern North Dakota is the opposite – flat, green farmland dotted with urban enclaves perfect for a romantic retreat or a family-friendly weekend.
The rich history of the Missouri River Valley bridges east and west, while the northern edge is dotted with glittering lakes, thick forests and a garden that stretches into Canada.
There’s magic in this place of wide-open spaces and endless skies. Just pick a spot to start and let yourself wander.