North Dakota Discovery: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Historic Landmarks & Rugged Western Charm

  • Date

    August 11-15, 2020 | Tues / Sat – 5 Days

  • Location

    Bismarck | Minot | Williston | Theodore Roosevelt National Park | Medora

Overview

Discover the natural beauty of North Dakota! Take in the rolling grasslands dotted with bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and experience for yourself why President Roosevelt fell in love with the North Dakota Badlands.

Pass by fields of sunflowers during prime harvesting season, as North Dakota is the second largest producer of the flowers. On a dinner cruise along the Missouri River, hear about Lewis and Clark’s expedition and watch for bald eagles. Visit historical frontier sites, learn about settlers moving west, and catch a glimpse into life on the western frontier. The tour culminates with a unique dining experience a Pitchfork Steak Fondue, followed by the Medora Musical at an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the badlands.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Tour Theodore Roosevelt National Park with a local guide
  • Take in the outdoor Medora Musical
  • Scenic dinner cruise on Lewis and Clark Riverboat
  • Visit Scandinavian Heritage Park
  • Tour Fort Union Trading Post and Fort Buford
  • See Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and the Mandan Indian Burial Grounds
  • Visit the Dakota Territory Air Museum

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

Tue, Aug 11: Depart Indianapolis for Bismarck, North Dakota. You’ll be introduced to all things North Dakota at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. Also visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and the Mandan Indian Burial Grounds. The fort was the spot from which Gen. George Custer set out with his army for Little Big Horn. After checking in to the hotel, celebrate your first night with an evening dinner cruise along the Missouri River and hear about Lewis and Clark’s expedition through North Dakota. See the bald eagles and view Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park from the river’s vantage point. (Meal: Dinner)

Wed, Aug 12: Depart the hotel after breakfast for Minot, where you will be introduced to the Scandinavian heritage of North Dakota at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, which honors the cultures of the five Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland with stunning architecture and displays. On the grounds you can visit the iconic Gol Stave Church, which is a full replica of the church now a museum in Oslo, Norway. After lunch, tour the Dakota Territory Air Museum. Through displays and guides that inspire, educate, and entertain, the museum offers a unique perspective into the aviation history of the state. End the day by enjoying dinner at The Williston. (B,L,D)

Thu, Aug 13: From Williston, continue to the Fort Union Trading Post, the most important one of its kind in the area during the 1800’s. Fort Union, founded in 1828, was a vital trading post during the height of the fur trade. This post alone traded over 25,000 buffalo robes annually. Visit Fort Buford and discover the important history of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. Both forts provided protection for settlers moving west, and allow you to catch a glimpse of life on the western frontier. End the day at your leisure in the town of Medora, situated on the edge of the North Dakota Badlands, and full of western charm and history. (B,L)

Fri, Aug 14: Spend the morning being guided through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Experience the pristine beauty of the park through the eyes of a local and see why President Roosevelt fell in love with the North Dakota Badlands, and why the park was ranked fifth on the New York Times’s top places to visit in the world for 2016. Spectacular views surround you as you listen to the history of the area along with the cowboy traditions that are still prevalent today. This evening you will be treated to a Pitchfork Steak Fondue dinner while overlooking the badlands before attending the famed Medora Musical at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. This rollicking musical depicts the story of the state in dance and song, with special emphasis on Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the area and American patriotism. There isn’t a show quite like the Medora Musical, and the outdoor setting is fitting for this high energy, western-style performance, considered the “rootin’-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the west!” (B,D)

Sat, Aug 15: Enjoy your morning in Medora and poke around in local shops and restaurants, or take a walk over to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, which showcases the history and lifestyle of Western ranching, rodeo, and area Native Americans. Depart in the afternoon for Bismarck to fly home. (B)

Radisson Hotel, Bismarck, North Dakota. Located in downtown Bismarck within walking distance to the shopping and restaurant district. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • indoor heated swimming pool • restaurant • fitness center.

Four Points by Sheraton, Williston, North Dakota. Located in Williston, the hotel offers attractive, modern guest rooms. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center.

Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota. Located in downtown Medora, the hotel combines luxury with western charm. Close to shopping and dining in town. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • access to nearby outdoor pool • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $2,199
  • Triple P/P – $2,079
  • Single – $2,499
  • Child (12 and under) – $1,769
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,699
  • Triple P/P – $1,579
  • Single – $1,999
  • Child (12 and under) – $1,269

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

Documents Required: Valid U.S. government issued photo I.D.

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