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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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A Perennial Favorite!

This is my kids #1 requested stop on a 1350 mile trip we do at least annually. This time we built in the extra time to take the hike. Be forewarned - until the end of Summer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Heather H
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Montana
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is my kids #1 requested stop on a 1350 mile trip we do at least annually. This time we built in the extra time to take the hike. Be forewarned - until the end of Summer 2015 it will be under maintenance for desperately needed improvements so be ready to accommodate the teams restoring the trail. After Summer 2015... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

After the monotonous grassland terrain of eastern North Dakota, this was a pleasant surprise. The North Dakota Badlands are the main attraction here, and the overlook has a wonderful panoramic view of them. It's easy to see why Theodore Roosevelt was so enamored by them, they are a beautiful sight. The visitor centre is well organized and the staff is... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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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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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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25 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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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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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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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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