The state located in the contiguous United States that is by far most often visited last is North Dakota. Plain and simple, North Dakota isn't on the way to most places. Like Hawaii and Alaska, a trip to North Dakota often requires special planning.
Our best advice? If you are within a half day's driving distance, spend the extra time and go the extra miles to visit North Dakota. Many of us kick ourselves for not going the additional miles when visiting nearby Mt. Rushmore. The North Dakota border is just a little over 2 hours drive from Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills area. There isn't really anything specific to see on that two hour trek north except the beautiful South Dakota countryside. Cross the border, put your feet down, breathe the crisp North Dakota air and check ND off your list. For those who require some sightseeing to qualify as a state visit, there are some other options.
see the state, drive I-94 and visit the beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the state capitol city of Bismarck. You can also take a detour and drive on what has been claimed the "straightest stretch of highway in the US" as you approach Fargo from the west. State highway 46 runs 123 miles from Streeter, ND to Hickson (south of Fargo). You will have no problem balancing that 64-ounce soda between your legs on this straight stretch!
North Dakota is full of many other unique places to visit and many times its isolation and sparse population is palpable. Perhaps this is what makes the state even more special to visit, even if you save it for last.
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