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Address: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
Description: Begin your visit to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park with a spectacular...
Begin your visit to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park with a spectacular view of the Badlands, a flat desert landscape broken by petrified wood and rock formations.
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Wonderful views of the Badlands

This is much more than a rest stop. It offers a wonderful view of a corner of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park with a glimpse of the Badland's beauty. If you are a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
FredPurdue
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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121 reviews 121 reviews
102 attraction reviews
452 helpful votes 452 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is much more than a rest stop. It offers a wonderful view of a corner of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park with a glimpse of the Badland's beauty. If you are a photographer, try to be here during the golden light hours. Bring a zoom lens since you will want to isolate on some of the features.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is not only a "visitor center" but also a rest stop. It is absolutely beautiful! It is right off of I-94 and if you are driving by, definitely stop!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There's no reason not to make a stop here. The Visitor Center is the rest area. From there you can take a hike, see wild bison, browse the gift shop, view National Parks Service videos, and get you National Parks passport stamped. There is also a fountain to fill your water bottles with filtered water.

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Creston, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A lucky accident to find this great stop, and if you are more lucky will even see the buffalo. A place we will visit again when we have more time.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The views of Painted Canyon from the overlook are spectacular. The hike into the canyon, however, is something to be missed. Instead, enjoy a hike on the Wind Canyon Trail within the park.

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Warrenville, IL
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147 reviews 147 reviews
83 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Painted Canyon Visitor Center is right off Highway I-94 - it serves as a rest stop. There are restrooms along with a small visitors center - and of course an amazing view! We almost walked right by the bison in the grass in front of the visitor center - just minding its own business eating away. We did the... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Wear the right shoes so you can walk the loop. It was so quiet and peaceful. We saw a bison. Don't miss it!

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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Wow!!! driving along the I-94 in North Dakota, getting bored we were going to past this rest stop, which had a sign saying scenic view, the last one that had a sign like that we stopped it was a great view. As I was passing the sign, I noticed through some trees this amazing view of the badlands, I immediately... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

You need to get off at the rest stop in order to see this. I wonder how many people ride right by it not realizing how instantly the park becomes completely beautiful. It is breathtaking. I have seen the Grand Canyon and true, nothing natural that I'v seen can compare to that, but this was still mindblowingly fantastic. There is... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I am amazed that this National Park isn't one that typically appears up there in the 'must see' list. Painted Canyon Overlook is easily accessible from the Interstate and is completely free. The unspoilt views are out of this world. If you're in the area its well worth the detour, and if you're not, its worth planning a trip.

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