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10. Bismarck, ND
More than 80 miles of trails grace Bismarck, a fast-growing city on the Missouri River that offers plenty for people who enjoy active lifestyles and the outdoors. This capital of North Dakota hosts five colleges and highly regarded hospitals, and the city serves as the economic hub for south-central North Dakota and north-central South Dakota. A bustling downtown and many housing choices are available to residents, and five airlines serve Bismarck Municipal Airport.