Thrillist Explains Why Everyone Should Visit North Dakota
Thrillist recently put together a list of the 12 least visited states and reasons you should go there. From Arkansas to Delaware, Thrillist lists different reason to make a trip to each state on the list.
So, why do they think you should visit North Dakota?:
While most of the visitors to North Dakota these days are in the oil industry, 120 years ago the state had one very important guest: Theodore Roosevelt. And he loved his time on the badlands so much he: a) bought a ranch and moved there, and b) was inspired to grow our national park system by signing the Antiquities Act. Eventually, his property became part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Today, North Dakota has 63 national wildlife refuges and 13 state parks, and offers visitors the chance to see not only an albino buffalo, but the world’s largest buffalo in general -- Dakota Thunder -- at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.
But buffalo aside, we know what you really want to talk about: college hockey. Perhaps the only sport in the state that’s nationally relevant -- unless you consider fracking a sport -- the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux are among the top programs in the country. And they play in perhaps the most lavish arena in the college game. The marble-floored, leather-seated Ralph Engelstad Arena cost $104 million and might be the best atmosphere in the sport on a college level.
Having been through Theodore Roosevelt National Park, I can firmly state that it's one of the most gorgeous places I've ever seen. As for The Ralph, I haven't had the chance to go there yet, but it looks like I'll have to change that.
What are some other reasons that people should stop avoiding North Dakota? Tell us below!