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5 Reasons You Should Visit Medora, North Dakota

5 Reasons You Should Visit Medora, North Dakota

Have you visited the charming town of Medora? It’s the perfect destination for nature lovers, small-town seekers, and family fun. Here are 5 reasons to visit Medora, North Dakota, and explore this picturesque destination. 


1. Check Off Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Medora is the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, one of the most accessible parks where you can get up close and personal with incredible animals, such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs. 


During my visit to TRNP, I saw over 250 bison and thousands of prairie dogs. In 35 National Park visits, never have I ever had this much access to being around and photographing wildlife.


And that’s not all – TRNP offers breathtaking views of North Dakota’s stunning landscapes from the Painted Canyon Visitor Center. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the wild horses that draw many visitors to this national park.


Make sure to visit TRNP in the morning and evening to experience the changing landscape and animal activity. And while you’re out and about, keep an eye out for the adorable prairie dogs who are known to dart across the road. They sing of the evenings. 


2. Medora is a Walkable Town

Discover the charm of Medora’s downtown, where you’ll find shops, coffee houses, and wine bars. Make sure to stop by the Old Town Hall Theater to see the Teddy Roosevelt statue and learn about his influence on the community. 


Shop for unique gifts at the Buffalo Gap Gift Shop and Medora Boot and Western Wear, enjoy a glass of wine at Medora Uncork’d, or savor a specialty coffee at Hatlee & Brae.


Explore the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, a well-curated museum with photo-ops, exhibits, and artifacts. 

And did you know that the founder of Mr. Bubble, Harold Schafer, left a foundation to keep Medora thriving? This foundation supports local businesses, including the Medora Musical, Pitchfork Steak Fondue, Gospel Brunch, and Roughrider Hotel & Dining. 

Learn about this iconic North Dakota entrepreneur’s fascinating connection to Medora, which employs and supports the community. 


3. The Medora Musical: A Long-Running American Performance

Discover the incredible Medora Musical, a long-standing tradition that showcases the best of America-forward acts. Join the Burning Hills Singers on an unforgettable journey filled with music, dance, and amazing costumes, all while paying tribute to the Great American West and Teddy Roosevelt himself. 

And don’t forget the breathtaking fireworks that complete this stunning performance!


One of the highlights of the show is the famous reenactment of Teddy’s charge at the battle of San Juan Hill. Experience history come alive and transport yourself to the heart of Cuba. 

medora musical fireworks
Photo from Sara Broers.

To make the most of your experience, consider adding the Pitchford Steak Fondue dinner option. This delicious meal features skewered meats and fondued in boiling oil and includes a mouth-watering array of sides (fruit, salad, baked beans, potatoes, coleslaw) and desserts (donut and brownies). Lemonade and coffee are included. 

And all of this while enjoying the stunning Badlands views from the top of Tjaden Terrace bluff! 

This option is available for an additional fee, and it’s the perfect way to complete your Medora Musical experience.

Fun Fact: if you like fondue, check out the best selling fondue restaurant in the country, Melting Pot.

Photo by Sara Broers.

4. Experience Magical Family Fun

Another reason you should visit Medora is that it is perfect for families. The Medora Children’s Park is a themed playground that everyone will love. 

Treat yourself to a delicious cone of ice cream or fudge from Medora Fudge and Ice Cream Depot. 


For those seeking adventure, try zip-lining at New Manitou, the Point to Point Zipline, or mini-golf at Medora Mini Golf. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking North Dakota Badlands while playing a round of golf at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Beginners can even ride horses at the Medora Riding Stables and Trail Rides. Come explore Medora’s endless entertainment opportunities!

Photo from Sara Broers.

5. Indulge in the Great Food

Explore Medora’s culinary scene and be pleasantly surprised by the trendy dishes and fresh ingredients found in this rural town. 

Badlands Pizza Parlor offers delicious pizzas perfect for a picnic with buffalo herds as your backdrop, creating a magical experience. 


For heavy appetizers and drink combinations, head to Little Missouri Saloon . With its outdoor deck seating, you can enjoy your meal with beautiful outdoor heaters. Don’t miss out on their freshly-made-to-order pizzas and tasty appetizers like Avocado Bites and Deep Fried Pickles. 


For gourmet sandwiches, salads, and sides, Boots Bar and Grill is the place to be. Their Black and Bleu Brussels sprouts and Buffalo Cauliflower are amazing, alongside their Boots Quesadilla and satisfying burgers. 

With their extra-large outdoor patio and live music, this restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss out on trying Medora’s culinary gems!


Need Lodging in Medora?

Sara and I stayed at the AmericInn by Wyndham Medora, a clean and comfy property with affordable rates, a fantastic indoor pool, hot tub, spacious rooms, and comfortable beds. Rooms feature mini-fridge, microwaves, and coffee makers. 


The AmericInn is located within walking distance to the downtown and restaurants and offers complimentary WiFi and a tasty breakfast. I loved the warm and inviting lobby, which is perfect for enjoying a good read or catching up on your social media.

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