If you visit one U.S. national park this year, make it Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Set in the colorful canyons of the western North Dakota Badlands is a national park that deserves to be on your travel list, when you're ready. Without the crowds and waiting lines common to some parks, it’s easy to discover a sense of freedom here. Hiking trails take you to scenic vistas, a petrified forest and open range populated by bison, wild horses, prairie dogs, elk and other wildlife.
Access the rugged North Unit near Watford City, or the larger South Unit by the Old West town of Medora. History buffs enjoy seeing a cabin owned by America’s “conservation president,” Theodore Roosevelt, as well as the Elkhorn Ranch Unit of the park where he lived and ranched.