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Painted Canyon Overlook

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Owner description: Begin your visit to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park with a spectacular view of the Badlands, a...
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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.
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Anchorage, Alaska
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
74 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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 via mobile

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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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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28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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