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WHERE HISTORIC LEGENDS INSPIRE TODAY’S TRAILBLAZERS

From the broad, flat Red River Valley to the hills of the drift prairie to the rocky rise of the Missouri Plateau famous for its buttes and badlands, the North Dakota landscape is as diverse as the opportunities it offers. Nearly 22 million visitors come to North Dakota to experience all there is to see and do in our great state. From outdoor activities to history and culture; from birding to biking; from December’s Bold St Nick’s Fatbike Race along the Maah Daah Hey Trail to summer’s Medora Musical on stage at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, there’s something for everyone in North Dakota.

Travel and tourism create jobs and generate sales in every county of North Dakota — to the tune of $3 billion in visitor spending each year. Supporting all these activities employs nearly 43,000 workers in 2,500 businesses making Tourism our third largest industry. The industry spans almost a dozen sectors, including lodging, retail, air passenger transport, food & beverage, recreation, museums, parks and more.

Whether you want to visit the legends of the past or make your mark, you can do it in North Dakota.

Tourism Industry Fact Sheet

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LINKS & RESOURCES

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SUCCESS STORY

Trailblazing on the Maah Daah Hey

Nick Ybarra is ensuring citizens and visitors alike can experience an awe-inspiring ride across the ridge of Devil’s Pass—investing more than 4,000 hours into maintenance to reclaim his beloved 144-mile trail.

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