Bismarck to the Badlands: A Roadtrip to Remember

Hi, hello, and how do you do! 

I’m Kaelee, this is my copilot Jada and we are taking you on a trip to all of the must-sees and dos between Bismarck and Medora.

 

I have the map if you have the snacks, so let’s get going! 

STOP 1: DONUT MIND IF I DO

The first stop is Bearscat donuts in Bismarck where the variety is endless, and you sure can’t beat $1 donuts! Plus, Bearscat is an old cowboy term for donuts, so it sets the tone as we head towards the Old West, YeeHaw!

I like a simple donut but check out Bearscats website for all of their delightful donut trends.

 

STOP 2: SALEM SUE, HOW DO YOU DO?

The next stop on our trip is in New Salem to see the world’s largest Holstein cow, Salem Sue. You read that right, WORLD LARGEST, way to go North Dakota!

 

Salem Sue is not a petite girl, standing at 38 feet high, 50 feet long, and weighing a whopping six tons – you can fit a small village under her for a picture!

 

Just giving Sue a piggyback ride, no biggie!

 

North Dakota is known for our tribute to animals – all on a massive scale, and Salem Sue was just the first of many large statues on our trip!

 

STOP 3 & 4: THE ENCHANTED HIGHWAY 

The Enchanted Highway is nearly the 5th wonder of North Dakota with a whole stretch of road featuring the metal work of Gary Greff. If you have ever traveled west before it is likely you noticed the “Geese in Flight” metal sculpture, this is just the first of many metal sculptures!

I decided not to stop at Geese in Flight because you get a great view from the interstate so, we are getting off at exit 72 and heading towards Gladstone for 15 miles to see the first of many giant structures!

12 miles into this stretch Jada and I pulled off the road to see “Deer Jumping a Fence”. For a sense of perspective, take a look at Jada chillin’ by the deer…

 

Her little legs couldn’t even make it over the first line of fence!

 

Head down the road three more miles to find “Grasshoppers in a Field”. Let me tell you, this was fun to walk through because of all of the different elements and attention to detail.

 

However, this big fella reminded me of Hopper from a Bug’s Life and that memory was enough to get me out of there!

 

“Geese in Flight”, “Deer Jumping a Fence”, and “Grasshoppers in a Field” are just three attractions of the Enchanted Highway. I encourage you to continue on and see other statues, like one of Medora’s favorite people, Teddy Roosevelt, riding a horse!

 

STOP 5: WE’VE BEAN EVERYWHERE, MAN

Next up, The Brew in Dickinson, where the coffee is good and the history is better!

A one-of-a-kind! This circa 1887 church, is where President Theodore Roosevelt worshiped when he was in the Dakotas, and is a modern day coffee lover’s haven.

I would suggest the Vanilla Toddiano if you’re looking for something cold. Jada would suggest a bite of the homemade monster cookie!

Browse the menu here to find what will satisfy your liking!

STOP 6: MY FAVORITE – PAINTED CANYON

This is my favorite because growing up, I knew once we got to the Painted Canyon Visitors Center it meant we were only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Medora! Plus, the views are unlike any other!

 

It wouldn’t be a road trip through North Dakota if you didn’t break out the North Dakota Nice personality and meet a few people!

 

My friends here are from New York and are traveling the nation by RV! I encourage you to take the time to visit with fellow Medora guests and welcome those from out of state to wonderful North Dakota!

 

FINAL STOP: MEDORA!

Well friends, this is where the road ends… I am glad we got to enjoy some Bearscat, see many IMMACULATE animal statues, drink some coffee and meet some new friends. I hope you enjoy your time in Medora and the Badlands!

If you have any questions about the roadtrip or Medora, send me an email at kaeleek@medora.com I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Until next time,

Kaelee & Jada

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