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The state of North Dakota is located in the upper mid-western part of USA and is the 19th largest state by size. Its population however is relatively lower and the state is the third least populated state in the country.
North Dakota shares a common border with Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota and also an international border with Canada. Bismarck is the state capital and Fargo is the largest city. Grand Forks and Minot are the other major cities. Three rivers namely James, Missouri and Red River pass through the terrain and offer abundant fertile lands. Agriculture is the prime industry followed by food processing.
Characterized by continental climate, there are extreme seasonal variations with cold / chilly winters and hot summers. Winter sports like ice-skating, ice-hockey, ice fishing, skiing, sledging and snowmobiling are a rage during the winters. There are several world class ski resorts that cater to snow sports and especially impress downhill skiing enthusiasts. Also, most people in winters prefer to stay in cabins along lakeshores to enjoy the scenic beauty as well as indulge in their favorite outdoor activities.
Summers are harsh in the western part of the state, but on the whole there are hordes of activities for summer time. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and the International Peace Garden are some big educative and entertaining attractions. From museums, wildlife safaris, beautiful state parks, Lewis and Clark trail, serene river beds to beautiful lakes like Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota offers so much variety for tourists, that it is hard to resist a trip to this peaceful state.