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Painted Canyon Overlook

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Winnipeg, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The painted valley visitor visitor center is an easy exit to make from the interstate. I stopped here after spending two days at the park and was on my way to Bismarck, North Dakota. it was a scenic view and perfect ending to my time in this gorgeous intriguing area.

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

On our way to Medora, ND, we stopped at the Painted Canyon overlook and were very happy we did. The view is beautiful and the Canyon bears it's name well. This is more than just a rest stop to stretch your legs. Also, the history of the site with Theodore Roosevelt evokes images of the past. A must see if... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I stumbled across this overlook by accident about a decade ago, on this trip through North Dakota we set aside time to stop and explore. This is not your average rest stop! The rangers at the visitor center were friendly and helpful - the store was not extensive but had more than expected. Our family did the... More

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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306 reviews 306 reviews
114 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was our introduction to Theodore Roosevelt National park. We left South Dakota around noon and drove all day to get to North Dakota. The road is straight and flat and there is nothing but grass to look at. We arrived in Belfield,ND around eight thirty. It was still daylight so we drove towards Medora. We passed the sign for... More

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Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very close to the highway, easy access. Beautiful overlook, was there at sunset and it offered some great photo opportunities.

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a beautiful overlook! We saw bison and wild horses, which was very neat! It was a great place to stop and get a preview of the Park, before continuing on to the South Unit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We approached the park from the east and this overlook and visitors center made for a perfect introduction to the park. While it is also a rest stop along the highway, it is also a gateway to the beauty and serenity of TRNP. Stop and enjoy the view and learn more about this national park.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

After being on the road for 12 days seeing the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Needles Highway, Devils Tower and Yellowstone we took the shorter route, I94, home to Minnesota. We pulled into this rest stop and did not expect to see another one of the countries great sites. The views from this area rival any one of the other national treasures... More

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