North Dakota

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North Dakota is a state of the United States of America. ...and, oh yeah! you can hitchhike here! Though it's frigid in the winter, and the folks sometimes seem a bit suspicious, the folks that pick you up, if they're not local farmers, will often take you for long rides, as there's a lot of empty road in N.D. beautiful sky. Aw-haw. Grand Forks' nice.

Law

North Dakota Code 39-10-34 - Pedestrian soliciting ride or business

1. No person may stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride

Title 39 Motor Vehicles. Chapter 39-01 Definitions and General Provisions.

68. "Roadway" means that portion of the highway designed, improved, or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, exclusive of the berm or shoulder.

As with most states, stay off the traveled portion of the road and you will be fine.

Federal Districts

Note:All Federal "Parks, Forests, and public land" prohibit hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

This is often amended by the superintendents of different Federal Districts making hitchhiking legal in places where this section is amended. The following are some such places:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park CFR 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is illegal

Experiences

I've only been through once and like most people went straight through on the I90, but rides were relatively easy to catch.Thewindandrain 06:11, 25 September 2012 (CEST)


"I have gone through North Dakota a couple of times, and it's one of my favorites to hitch through. A majority of my time was spent on Highway 2, which you can hitchhike standing right on the road, and the shoulder is fairly wide most of the way. Plenty of room for people to pull over, and the only time I've ever encountered a cop in ND was in Fargo, when I was hitchhiking in the city limits. The cop didn't even leave his vehicle, just politely told me that I couldn't hitch from in the city limits, but that I would be fine on the on-ramp. The area around Williston is both good and bad. You can get rides very easily, even if you're a big burly hairy man, because so many working men are traveling to and from the oil fields. But the crime rate is also very high. I could never in good conscience recommend a female travel alone through Williston. The population is something like 80% men, and very lonely men who could be harmful." -Nedtrash:North Dakota