Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns

Medora, North Dakota

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Medora adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

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GPS: 46°54'N, 103°31'W

Theodore Roosevelt National Park backs right up to Medora, where you can watch roaming feral horses, bison, and prairie dogs, and of course, explore its Badlands—colorful pillars of sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone that stretch for miles.

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PLAY
The national park doesn't allow bikes to off-road, keeping the grasslands and prairies serene. Hike some of the 96-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail (mdhta.com), or cycle Andrew's Trail, rumored to be North Dakota's best singletrack (bike rentals from $30 a day; dakotacyclery.com).

EAT
If you like to eat your ribeyes off of a pitchfork, check out the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Your meal is grilled to live western tunes atop a badlands bluff (701-623-4444).

SLEEP
Bunk down at the Rough Riders Hotel, which also has an impressive restaurant. But the close-by railroad is still very much active, and conductors are known to blow their whistles through the night (doubles from $159; 701-623-4422).

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