Cowboy Up in North Dakota
Where Legends are Born
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North Dakota is a beautiful and rugged place where the prairie gives way to The Badlands. Come walk in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt, & Lewis & Clark and Gen. George Custer this is an infrequently traveled place with incomparable sights awaiting your group.
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Day 1 – Theodore Roosevelt National Park -The South Unit – Pitchfork Fondue Dinner – Medora Musical
Arrive this afternoon in Medora, ND. This authentic Old West cow-town was founded in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores and named for his wife. Medora offers a musical extravaganza, trail rides, mountain biking, hiking, museums, many gift shops and restaurants during the summer season.
First stop is a tour Theodore Roosevelt National Park – The South Unit. Named for the 26th President, it memorializes his contribution to conservation. North Dakota Badlands provide the scenic backdrop to this park. The loop drive provides a view of buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dog towns. The park can be entered through Medora and is home to Teddy Roosevelt’s first ranching cabin, the Maltese Cross Ranch. . He stated several times, “I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.”
Next, find your inner cowboy at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. This museum showcases ranching, trail drivers, homesteaders, the sport of rodeo and the impact of the horse on the development of life on the Plains of North Dakota. Then check into your Medora hotel for the night.
This evening enjoy a Pitchfork Fondue Dinner. Every evening chefs load steaks onto pitchforks and fondue them western style. Savor your steak as you overlook the picturesque Badlands from atop a bluff at the Tjaden Terrace.
Your steak comes with fresh fruit, salad, coleslaw, vegetables, baked beans, garlic toast, baked potatoes, brownies, cinnamon-sugar donuts, lemonade and coffee. If you want a beer or glass of wine with your steak, we have you covered at the Tjaden Terrace Bar!
Then you have reserved tickets for the Medora Musical. Set in the outdoor splendor of the rugged North Dakota Badlands, this professionally produced, high energy, western-style musical show is proudly dedicated to the legacy of America’s 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent here in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory. There’s no other show quite like it! (D)
Day 2 – Tour Theodore Roosevelt National Park- North Unit – Long X Visitor Center – Watford City, ND
After breakfast, you depart Medora and return to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this time exploring The North Unit located near Watford City. The Park offers majestic Badlands scenery, abundant wildlife and potential for all kinds of adventure. The Scenic Byway is a 22.5- kilometer loop with spectacular views of the Badlands, Oxbow Overlook, prairie dog towns and the CCC shelter at the River Bend Overlook.
Arriving in Watford City, you stop at the Long X Trading Post Visitors Center, which showcases the ranching and trail driving lifestyle of the 1880s. The Long X Trail was named for the Long X Ranch, which was the end of the trail for the cattle drives from Texas that ended in the area.
The Long X Visitor Center features North Dakota’s largest fossil. The petrified bald cypress tree stump, weighing approximately 25,000 lbs. and measuring approximately 6 feet in diameter and 8’ tall was discovered in the Badlands south of Watford City during an archaeological dig in 2001.
Dinner is included tonight at the Outlaws Bar & Grill. An exquisite dining experience, Outlaws Bar & Grill will tantalize you with a gourmet flavor of the west during your dining experience. Check into your Watford hotel for the night. (B,D)
Day 3 – Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – North Dakota State Capitol – Bismarck – Dinner Cruise
Travel today to Mandan, ND where you visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and experience life at the Fort in 1875 at the Custer House. Tour the home of the General and Mrs. George Custer. Walk across the parade grounds to the barracks of the 7th Cavalry, the Commissary Store and visit the horses at the stables. The hills at Fort Abraham Lincoln provide a great view of the Missouri River Valley with the blockhouses standing guard over both fort and an ancient Mandan Village. The park’s Visitor Center houses the nation’s best display of Mandan artifacts and history along with items of interest on Lewis & Clark and General Custer.
In Bismarck, visit the North Dakota Capitol, home to the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders Hall of Fame. Honorees include author Louis L’Amour, and Harold Schafer, founder of the Medora Foundation. At the Heritage Center, the exhibits focus on North Dakota, covering prehistoric times, American Indian artifacts, and the cowboys and settlement of the state.
Check into your Bismarck hotel for an overnight stay. Tonight, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat. Cruise down the fabulous Missouri River and enjoy a delicious meal. (B,D)
Day 4 – Depart for Home
After breakfast, depart for home. (B)