Teddy Roosevelt’s Dakota


Teddy Roosevelt always claimed that he would have never become president without his experiences in his beloved Badlands of Dakota. Much of his conservation philosophy was conceived here, and his reputation as a rugged outdoorsman was solidified in Dakota Territory.   Visit Teddy’s old stompin’ grounds, tour his cabin and the national park named for him, enjoy performances of the acclaimed one-man show “Bully” and the exciting “Medora Musical” based on his time in Dakota. An optional horseback ride, Missouri River dinner cruise and much more make this an outstanding western experience.

The “Bully” President left his mark on America, but not before Dakota Territory left its mark on him. This 6 day/5 night program features the West that so influenced the life and politics of Teddy Roosevelt.

Begins and ends in Bismarck, ND

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Tour highlights:

  • Missouri River dinner cruise
  • Fort Mandan
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Knife River Indian Villages
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln
  • Fort Union
  • Medora Musical
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Tour Itinerary:

Day # 1 - Arrivals

Participants are met at the Bismarck Municipal Airport and transported to our hotel in Bismarck. Tonight we’ll enjoy a wonderful dinner cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat as the sun sets over the Missouri River. (D)

Day # 2 - Fort Mandan / Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Today we visit the site where the Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery wintered under the watchful eyes of the Mandans and Hidatsas. We’ll visit the Fort Mandan replica and the newly expanded Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center which features a complete set of the Bodmer prints. Through his paintings we will see the undisturbed terrain much as it looked when Teddy Roosevelt lived here. This afternoon we’ll visit the outstanding exhibits at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Overnight again in Bismarck. (B, D)

Day # 3 - Fort Abraham Lincoln / Knife River Indian Villages

Fort Abraham Lincoln was Lt. Col G.A. Custer’s last assignment before riding off into history. We’ll tour the rebuilt Custer House and learn what life was like at a remote frontier army post before departing Bismarck. This afternoon we’ll travel to the only park in the National Park System which is set aside to commemorate the Plains Indian: Knife River Indian Villages. The outstanding interpretive center and model earth lodge shed light on the people who continually inhabited this site for as long as 500-600 years ago to 1845. We’ll overnight tonight in Williston, ND. (B, L)

Day # 4 - Fort Union / Theodore Roosevelt National Park / Medora Musical

Another eventful day begins with a tour of the beautifully restored Fort Union. Established by John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company, Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the Missouri River between 1822 and 1867. Fur Trapping gave way to cattle ranching later in the century and our next stop illustrates one man’s dream of a cattle ranching and shipping empire. Named for the Marquis de Mores’ wife, Medora, the town boomed and busted at the end of the century, but not before Teddy Roosevelt became a resident and formulated many of his conservation ideas and rugged personal qualities. We’ll visit the national park named for the “bully” president, tour his cabin home, enjoy a unique pitchfork fondue and take in a performance of the much-acclaimed Medora Musical before calling it a day! Overnight in Medora. (B, D)

Day # 5 - Free time in Medora / Travel

Medora’s western hospitality continues this morning with breakfast in the Chuckwagon Cafe. We’ll have ample time to explore the numerous shops and museums (or take an optional trail ride in the park) before returning to Bismarck for our festive farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day # 6 - Departures

Airport transfers are provided to the Bismarck airport. (B)

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