North Unit Drive

Theodore Roosevelt Expressway (Highway 85) Tour

Journey along North Dakota's ruggedly beautiful western edge on Highway 85. This route enters North Dakota from South Dakota near Bowman and passes the highest point in North Dakota, the Badlands, the Missouri River and Williston before reaching the Canadian border. 

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White Butte

The highest point in North Dakota is 3,506 feet above sea level.

Amidon, ND
United States

Trapper's Kettle
Trapper's Kettle

Reflect on the frontier while fueling up with hearty Badlands beef and home-style fixin’s of the finest quality.  

Belfield, ND
United States


Tucked away in the Badlands, this former cowtown is a must-see. Gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit.

Medora, ND
United States

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Medora Riding Stables

Take a leisurely ride along buttes and canyons of the Badlands.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit

The south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora includes a scenic drive teeming with bison and other wildlife, Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin and hiking trails 

Medora, ND
United States

Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

More rugged than the south unit, visitors to the north unit drive along the rims to Oxbow Overlook to see Bison, deer and the Little Missouri River.

Medora, ND
United States

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Long X Trading Post Visitor Center

The 60 million-year-old, 17,000-pound petrified tree stump alone is worth a stop. Also learn more about oil development.

McKenzie County Heritage Park

See how hunters, trappers and pioneers lived in the harsh conditions of the Northern Plains.

Outlaws Bar and Grill

Known for its hand-cut steaks and Wild West themed menu, it also combines the community history with its photo exhibits.  

Watford City, ND
United States

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Fairview Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel

Former railroad bridge over the Yellowstone River has been converted to a walking path into the tunnel. A good use for your flashlight app. 

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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Principal fur trading post on the upper Missouri River in the early 1800s. Restored to authentic look.

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Fort Buford State Historic Site

Frontier fort where Sitting Bull surrendered in the 1880s. Reconstructed buildings are on site.

Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center (MYCIC)

Two great rivers converge just inside the North Dakota border. Museum interprets history of the area.