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North Dakota

Tourism, travel, and recreation

North Dakota's 17 state parks and other state recreational areas received 1,069,762 visitors in 1999, including a record 267,000 visitors at Lake Sakakawea State Park near Pick City. Nearly 43% of all park users come from other states and countries.

Among the leading tourist attractions is the International Peace Garden, covering 2,200 acres (890 hectares) in North Dakota and Manitoba and commemorating friendly relations between the US and Canada. Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park, south of Mandan, has been restored to evoke the 1870s, when General Custer left the area for his "last stand" against the Sioux. The most spectacular scenery in North Dakota is found in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The so-called "badlands," an integral part of the park, consist of strangely colored and intricately eroded buttes and other rock formations. Hunting and fishing are major recreational activities in North Dakota. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 100-mile non-motorized trail that runs through Theodore Roosevelt Park and the Little Missouri National Grasslands.