If North Dakota isn’t given much thought by the average American traveler, then that in of itself is a mistake. With a blend of Native American cultures, like Sioux and Mandan, mixing with Norwegians, Fins and Germans — the Peace Garden State could easily make other countries, let alone fellow States, crumble in jealousy.
This is the place where Teddy Roosevelt moved in his formative years, setting off his development into this country’s most badass president. This is where transplants are finding themselves, so they can be part of the exciting revitalization of Downtown Bismarck. This is where things are measured in per capita, like number of golf courses or beer drinkers. This is where phrases like “Uff Da” and “Holy Buckets!” are not complete and utter nonsense, but merely part of the colorful local lingo.
This is where the Badlands come to life and where Roosevelt developed his idea for a system of national parks. This is North Dakota, and sticking with the theme, it is indeed pretty badass.
Disclosure: This visit was sponsored by North Dakota Tourism. As always, all opinions are my own.