There’s no doubt North Dakota is a wide-open place, made for road trips.

Fall is a great time to get out and explore all the wonders our state has to offer.

Before you hit the road, be sure to plan all your adventures with inspiration and resources from the new Road Trip Guide from North Dakota Tourism. There’s no better time to plan the trip of a lifetime, right here in North Dakota.

And, as you mark-off items on your North Dakota bucket list by traveling on scenic byways and backways throughout the state, take personal responsibility by always wearing your seat belt and using appropriate child passenger safety seats.

If you’re exploring our thousands of miles of designated trail and outdoor recreation areas on an Off-Highway Vehicle, be sure to wear a helmet and buckle up.

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There’s tremendous opportunities to shop local at one of the state’s many farmers markets, as well as to dine locally at a farm-to-table restaurant experience. If a winery or brewery is a stop you make, be sure to designate a sober driver.

All of North Dakota’s historic attractions are photo-op worthy and go together with the North Dakota Road Trip playlist available on your favorite streaming service. You can also scan smart codes throughout the road trip guide to find more information online. Just make sure any scanning, pictures or playlists are the responsibility of your passengers so you’re driving distraction-free.

Lastly, when you’re ready to head home after taking your trail to adventure – make sure you’re following all posted speed limits so you and your family can experience the great fun to be had for many years to come.

Visit to plan your trip now and visit to be sure you take personal responsibility every time you travel.

Sara Otte Coleman is tourism director with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and Bill Panos is director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.