Travelers looking for a destination that combines wide-open spaces, exciting year-round outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery and warm, inviting people will find all, and more, right here in North Dakota.

Adventure-seekers can hike and bike a vast trail system, including the renowned Maah Daah Hey Trail through the rugged Badlands of western North Dakota. In the winter, people shift gears to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at one of our state parks.

Marvel at the endless fields of crops in the pancake-flat Red River Valley in the east; at the countless prairie lakes and potholes filled with nesting and migrating ducks and geese in central North Dakota; and at the rough and rugged Badlands in the west.

Drive through the north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park for close-up looks at the large herds of bison, eagles, deer and prairie dogs that roam free. Wild horses also are a common sight in the south unit, bordered by the historic town of Medora.

For a time of quiet reflection, visit the International Peace Garden straddling the U.S.-Canada border.

Follow your curiosity, not the crowds, to North Dakota.

In the winter, hikers and bikers switch to cross-country skiing at Lake Metigoshe State Park near Bottineau. Courtesy North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.