Treasures can be found all around us. No need to travel miles away to discover beautiful places in unexpected areas.
When I was told we should stop in Medora, ND and make it an overnight stop on our way to Yellowstone, my first thoughts were “what is there to do in Medora?”
The Medora Musical
Yes, you heard me, a Musical. The Medora musical brings people from all around the Midwest in this little town on the western side of North Dakota. The shows are performed live and outside, in a 2,900-seat Amphitheater over looking the Burning Hills of the Badlands. The show is dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the area and the Spirit of the West.
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Yes, a National Park. The park covers over 70,000 acres on the Northern part of the Badlands. The loop in the park is 36 miles long. Like most of National Park in the US, you can bike, hike, horseback ride and camp in the park. You may encounter wild life around a corner, so just be prepared.
There are no other places than the Wild West to enjoy a ride. Trail guides will lead you past beautiful panoramic canyons, an amazing adventure in the Badlands.
The Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum
The museum was closed when we were there. It opens at 9:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm, so unfortunately we were not able to visit it, but we were told it is worth the stop. You’ll explore the history of Native Americans, ranching, rodeo and the western lifestyle of the northern plain horse culture. The interpretive center covers 15,000 square feet.
The Painted Canyon
A few miles East of Medora, the Painted Canyon overlook is a must stop on your journey through North Dakota. This is nature in its purest, brilliant lights; vibrant colors with intensity and ranges that depends on the time of day you visit the site.
We stayed at the Rough Riders in the heart of downtown. Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Bear welcomed us in our room. A cute signature item you can buy as a souvenir. The town is small, so it is easy to park your car and forget about it, until you get ready to leave the next day. There are restaurants and shops on Main Street, just keep in mind, everything closes early, even in the summer.