Introducing North Dakota
'Magnificent desolation. Buzz Aldrin used it to describe the moon and it applies just as well in North Dakota. Fields of grain – green in the spring and summer, bronze in the fall and white in winter – stretch beyond every horizon. Except the rugged 'badlands' of the far west, geographic relief is subtle. More often it is the collapsing remains of a failed homestead that break up the vistas.
Isolated in the far US north, North Dakota is the least visited state. But that just means that there's less traffic as you whiz along at the usual legal limit of 75mph. This is a place to get lost on remote two-lane routes and to appreciate the magnificence of raw land.
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North Dakota destination guides
The 10 great Oscar destinations of 2010
When it comes to virtual travel, nothing beats a movie. The best movies capture a destination perfectly - think the 1970s New York of The Godfather, the impossibly romantic Italy of Roman Holiday or even the wintry North Dakota of Fargo. After the film, you feel an irrepressible urge to get up and explore these new worlds.