North Dakota is a massive expanse of rolling prairies under intense blue skies, much of it unchanged since the expeditions led by Lewis and Clark in 1804 and 1806. This rectangular state straddles the Canadian border between Minnesota and Montana. The eastern edge, marked by the Red River, is rich soil on land so flat you can see the horizon as an uninterrupted straight line.
The Badlands are home to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a remarkable area that's been described both as "the Grand Canyon in miniature" and "hell with the fires put out." Nearby Medora is a frontier town famous for its cowboy music festival in summer, museums, and quaint shops. The biggest city in the state, Fargo, has plenty of museums and family attractions. The state capital of Bismarck is a short drive from national historic sites and has a few attractions of its own.