While the western two rows of counties in Minnesota are flat and used for fields, further in, forests and large hills take over.
Outside of the Red River Valley, the area features many lakes, which serve as tourist attractions. The lakes region boasts some of the best lakes in the nation.
Moorhead, which is the largest city at 39,857 (2013), is a twin city to Fargo, North Dakota.
The area also contains several smaller rivers, although the area has numerous cities, as railroads criss-crossed the area.
Major cities include Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Bemidji.
Lake of the Woods County
Otter Tail County
Red Lake County