All throughout the Midwest, we're known for being among the most hospitable people you'll ever encounter in the United States.

But one state in the region is taking that spirit to a whole new level., based on more than 240 million verified customer reviews, has declared North Dakota as the tenth Most Welcoming Region on Earth.

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  1. La Rioja, Spain
  2. Epirus, Greece
  3. Oberosterreich, Austria
  4. County Down, UK
  5. Mures, Romania
  6. Marlborough, New Zealand
  7. Ninh Binh, Vietnam
  8. Limon, Costa Rica
  9. Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
  10. North Dakota, United States

According to the state's website, nearly 22 million people visit the 'Peace Garden State' each year, spending $3 billion in the process.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Many of those visitors end up exploring the 70,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the state's Badlands.

That lofty ranking isn't bad for a state that brags about being the nation's #1 producer of dry navy and pinto beans.

North Dakota also provides more than 90% of the nation's canola and flaxseed.

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