North Dakota tourism up

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s travel and tourism season is on track to beat last year’s numbers, even with weather delays to many popular destinations.

Last year, more than 1.3 million visitors took in North Dakota’s state parks and events, according to the Parks and Rec. This year, that number is expected to jump.

“Last year, we’re up 11,000 from prior years. So, we’re trending up at this point, even with some of the rainy weekends we’ve had. People are still enjoying the opportunities they have,” said Ryan Gardner, Parks and Rec western regional manager.

Campgrounds are also seeing a spike, with 30% of campers coming from out of state.