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Roosevelt Weekend in North Dakota

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A September 2010 trip to North Dakota by RoBoNC

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photo, Medora, North Dakota More Photos
Quote: This trip took me from one end of the state to the other. I visited the state capital in Bismarck, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, and numerous roadside attractions. It ended where it began in Fargo, the state's largest city.

Roger Maris Museum

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Attraction | "A tribute to Fargo's favorite son"

Roger Maris Museum Photo, Fargo, North Dakota
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I drove back to Fargo where I would spend the last night before flying back home. As I entered back into the city, I noticed billboards that touted Roger Maris as the legitimate home run king. Roger Maris, a native of Fargo, North Dakota kept the nation in suspense in 1961 when he hit 61 home runs in a single season breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 60. In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa would captivate the nation as they battled it out to break Maris’s record, with McGwire eventually holding the record at 70. The record would be broken again by Barry Bonds in 2001 when he hit 73 home runs. However, those records have since been tarnished in the wake of the steroid scandal that rocked baseball. I...Read More

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Roger Maris Museum
3902 13th Avenue South
Fargo, North Dakota 58103
(701) 282-2222

City of Fargo

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L-19 Bird-Dog Photo, Fargo, North Dakota
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I drove the four hour drive back from Dickinson to Fargo, where I would spend my last night before flying back home. Fargo is North Dakota’s largest city and along with Moorhead, Minnesota separated by the Red River makes up the metropolitan area. When I first landed at Hector International Airport, I immediately grabbed my rental car and headed west. So my last night in North Dakota, I wanted to explore Fargo before heading home. After checking in at the hotel, I went to the Fargo Air Museum located near Hector International Airport. It sits right across from the Fargodome, which is where the North Dakota State University Bison football team plays their home games. The museum is eas...Read More

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Enchanted Highway

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Attraction | "One of North Dakota's scenic drives"

Enchanted Highway Photo, Regent, North Dakota
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North Dakota may not have the most when it comes to scenic drives. Most of the state is rural surrounded by endless farmland amidst rolling hills and roads that seem to go on forever. You may not see a lot of civilization when traveling the back roads of North Dakota and you are lucky if you even have cell phone reception. However, North Dakota does what it can to promote their tourism industry and sometimes that work is done by a single individual. That man is Gary Greff, who is the inspiration and designer of the Enchanted Highway. A native of Regent, North Dakota, a small town of only about 200 people, feared that his town would not survive if it relied solely on farming. He thoug...Read More

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Enchanted Highway
Gladstone Interstate 94
Regent, North Dakota 58650
(701) 563-6400

Frontier Village Photo, Jamestown, North Dakota
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As I set out on my quest to visit all fifty states, I realized that certain states would be harder to visit than others. North Dakota is one of those. There are not many tourist attractions and because of its location, I felt that I needed a reason to go. As a history buff and admirer of Theodore Roosevelt, a symposium is held every year at Dickinson State University in Dickinson and I saw this as my reason for visiting North Dakota. Because North Dakota is the 3rd least populous state, there are not many major airports to fly into, especially near Dickinson. Most of them are regional airports and those that have international in its title is because of Canada. Airline tickets into any of the re...Read More

Town of Medora

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Downtown Medora Photo, Medora, North Dakota
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Medora is a small little town located in the western part of North Dakota. The population is only 112 people as of the 2010 Census. The town has quickly become the state’s most visited tourist attraction. Medora is a seasonal town with most of the hotels, restaurants, and shops open from May to Labor Day. Since I visited Medora in mid September, most of the shops and restaurants were already closed. The Pitchfork Fondue, which was a restaurant that I was really hoping to eat at, was closed. I did find the Cowboy Café, which is one of the few restaurants open year round that services the permanent residents of the town. It was good home cooking food and the homemade pies were fabulous. I misse...Read More

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Attraction | "A national park which preserves the Badlands of North Dakota. "

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photo, Medora, North Dakota
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After a long drive across the state of North Dakota and some much needed rest, I was ready to do some more sightseeing. So the next morning, I headed out from Dickinson to the small town of Medora. It is a half hour drive on I-94. My destination was the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, probably the most visited tourist site in North Dakota. Roosevelt has a long history with this state and it is not surprising that the annual symposium is held at Dickinson State University. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park preserves the badlands of North Dakota. The park consists of three different geographic areas spanning 110 acres. My first stop was at Exit 32 on I-94 at the Painted Canyon Visi...Read More

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Medora, North Dakota 58645
(701) 842-2333