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Painted Canyon Overlook

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Address: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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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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even in winter with the snow over the landscape it was amazing. the gate is closed to vehicles, but the sign reads you can walk up to the overlook. The building is not open in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
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Queensland, Australia
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Queensland, Australia
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

even in winter with the snow over the landscape it was amazing. the gate is closed to vehicles, but the sign reads you can walk up to the overlook. The building is not open in the winter. Defiantly stop and take pictures.

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Rockford, Illinois
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210 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The Painted Canyon Overlook was the first place we stopped while visiting Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park. The views are simply wonderful.....very unique and unlike anything we've seen before. We took a short loop trail down into the canyon a bit.......very quiet and peaceful! Next we looked around in the visitor center to get more information and buy a few souvenirs.... More 

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Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Travelling down I-94 on way to Victoria, B.C. from Canada, going through North Dakota, what a surprize! Seen Painted Canyons, WOW AWESOME View! Couldn`t take ours eyes off of the view. This was well worth our trip We travelled for 4 days, this was the best thing on our trip. Will never forget this AWESOME view! Sure hope to come... More 

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Pueblo, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We had not plans to stop at the overlook but the beauty of the canyon drew us to stop. We then went back to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and spent an incredible 4 hours driving the entire loop. We stopped and took many picture of the 2 bison herds that were on/at the road. The bison and their calves... More 

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Thank Bill B
Moorhead, Minnesota
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a "MUST STOP" has a small museum & a beautiful view, A nice area for a rest break and a picnic.

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Birchwood, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The overlook is nice, but nothing special. Some color but again not spectacular. The hike is a lot of up and down. It was good exercise, and gave you another perspective of the area, but again, nothing special. The visitor center is nice and a good rest stop. If stopping here cuts into what you can see and do in... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The Painted Canyon Visitor Center is located at I-94 Exit 32 east of Medora. There visitors will find many of the things you commonly find at park visitor centers – a staffed information desk, restrooms, a drinking fountain and vending machines, exhibits, a bookstore, a theater showing a park film, a nature trail loop, and an overlook. On some days... More 

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Brodhead, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a place right along the main interstate highway. It makes perfect sense to stop and take a look, even if you're only spending 5-10 minutes to take a lovely family picture. We did see a buffalo, if you've been unable to do that in the state thus far. Besides, it was a much-needed rest stop for our group.

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Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 414 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

After having flown into Bismarck four days earlier, and driving up around the lake, then TRNP north unit and south unit, I have to say I am not sure why this would be ranked number 1. I guess I expected it to blow me away but it did not. I arrived around 8:45 am and thought the sun would be... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a must stop attraction on the I94. If you haven't got time to drive through the park then this gives you a great view and snap shot guide. There's a mile long loop to stretch your legs and get closer to the Badlands. There are ranger guides available but not whilst we were there. Toilets could do with... More 

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