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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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View is good, hike is better.

The view from the overlook is very nice, and accessible to all. I recommend the painted rock trail, its a 2-3 hour hike from the overlook down into the badland area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The view from the overlook is very nice, and accessible to all. I recommend the painted rock trail, its a 2-3 hour hike from the overlook down into the badland area.

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Wichita
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This area of the park doubles as a rest area on I-90. Even if you don't have much time you can stop and take in the view and look around the visitor's center. We took a one mile loop hike. The path was pretty rugged with steep slopes. The trail wasn't developed with boardwalks and steps like we're pampered with... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was a fitting end for our trip to Theodore Roosevelt NP. Its a great place for panoramic photos and to stop and have lunch or dinner if you have time. Very pretty grass and rocky terrain as far as the eye can see from this overlook. Highly recommended to stop even if only for a few minutes!

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

What a beautiful spot to get out and stretch your legs when traveling the interstate. Very nice visitors center and friendly people working there.

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Eastern Shore of Virginia, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a beautiful site to visit. The view is absolutely breathtaking and beyond ordinary! The colored rocks are just mesmerizing and after a rain they have a different color view as well. This is a must-see site.

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Minot, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We came here with every intention to hike it. It was a cool, rainy day and when we arrived we decided to check out the visitors center first. The Rangers inside had a lot of great information about the area and even gave a geology presentation to those inside the visitors center. We were warned to stay away from the... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Expansive view. Saw bison herds in the distance. Amazing overlook. Bring your binoculars. A wonderful advertisement for the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

More variety of colors and textures. We really enjoyed our visit. We saw bison, a coyote, and prairie dogs, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

No matter where you look there is beauty beyond what the eye can see. So many different bright color

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

When we were there 2 huge buffalo were standing for ages at the front of the visitor canter before the charged through the car park. This was a sight to see before we even got to look at the view of Painted canyon which is superb. A small visitor centre and gift shops, also with a restroom.

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Address: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
Location: United States  >  North Dakota (ND)  >  Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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