One can’t think about national parks without Teddy Roosevelt coming to mind. So why not visit the park named after him? Here are our five favorites from TR National Park.
Seeing a bison was at the top of our list. So, naturally, during our drive through the park, we had a family discussion about the correct name for bison. “It’s bison, not buffalo,” we said to our kids.
But during a hike when our oldest son saw a bison standing just feet away in the middle of our path, he calmly said, “Buffalo.” We all knew exactly what he was talking about. Our youngest son snapped this picture.
Small Town Medora
When we travel to a new place, we often ask ourselves, “Where will we get coffee?” And, “Is it kid-friendly?” The small town of Medora borders Theodore Roosevelt National Park. So, there are plenty of places to grab lunch or to buy that official Teddy Roosevelt teddy bear.
The trails in this park are amazing! There’s something for every type of hiker. It’s easy to drive around the park and get out for a short hike. Plus, there’s all kinds of wildlife around: prairie dogs, wild horses, bison. Here we are on a trail at the top of Buck Hill, one of the highest points in the park.
TR’s Cabin Tour
A real gem of the park! You must see Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin. It’s right outside of the South Unit Visitor Center. We listened to a wonderful ranger-led tour (about thirty minutes long). Be sure to take a look inside as well.
We didn’t expect to see this one in the South Unit Visitor Center. But there it was: TR’s undershirt with bullet hole and all. In 1912, Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt in Milwaukee, and then proceeded to give a planned address. We assume this shirt is the real deal.
“I will make this speech or die!”
-Theodore Roosevelt, after being shot on October 14, 1912 in Milwaukee, WI
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK
Medora, North Dakota
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