We left Custer, South Dakota for our 3 day visit to North Dakota. On the drive up to Deadwood we saw Spearfish rock layers on the rock outcropping. We had learned about this earlier in Hot Springs when we visited the Mammoth Site. By staying in a place for a week, the area almost becomes a tour guide in itself. Everywhere we went, one thing related and linked back to another. The drive on Hwy 85 North was a two lane highway and we saw very few cars - it was a great drive. We turned onto Interstate 94 East and stopped in Dickinson, ND at the Comfort Inn there which set us up for our daytrip to Medora.
the next day, driving on Interstate 94 west we saw huge fields of sunflowers before we turned off to the National Park's visitor Center. and we used our Golden Pass here. We saw a short video about Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in Medora when he was a young man. His wife and mother died on the same day, leaving him with a two day old daughter, Alice. On to the cabin where TR stayed during this difficult time - they had a very informative video here also and quite a few items of interest about his life and activities, guns, etc.
TR stayed in a very small cabin here, but he entertained quite a bit and had a huge library; he read hundreds of books while he was here. It was here that he realized that most of the wilflife on the plains was gone. Here in this desolate area his thoughts turned to the idea of establishing National Parks for future generations.
While driving the desolate 37 mile loop of Badlands we saw 6-8 horses on a hill, manes and tails blowing in the wind while they watched us from their perch. We also had to stop because several wild horses were on the road. They looked pretty rough, but appeared well fed. They are wild! We saw one bison here, lying down. And we saw lots of sage growing. But I also remember the frequent smell of fresh clover here and there. We saw lots of bee hive boxes in this part of the country. We saw more prairie dogs on this loop drive. Glad we were driving because it was really hot in these Badlands.
The Dakota Dinosaur Museum is not a "must see" activity it is the "only see" activity in Dickinson. There are plenty of dinosaur fossils in the western Dakotas and eastern Montana so it is logical that there would be a dinosaur museum--I just wonder who gets out this far into the hinterland to visit.
Features a 37 foot Allosaurus and the "real" bones of a Triceratops. Also on display are invertabrate fossils, amber, seashells, minerals and a meteorite (be still my heart). Too much excitement for the $6 entry fee? I'll reserve judgment and let everyone draw their own conclusions.
This Comfort Inn is right off Interstate 94 and very easy to find. We paid a Seniors rate of $201.30...more
475 15th Street West, Dickinson, North Dakota, 58601, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
532 15th Street West, Dickinson, North Dakota, 58601, United States
Good for: Business
This has to be the worst stay ever. They treat dogs better here than they do smokers. Rude staff...more
We did not have reservations but were accommodated for an additional 3 days. Wonderful check-in...more
71 Museum Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota, 58601, United States
Good for: Business
When my computer was stolen from the lobby, the owner, Brian Patel, did not respond to my request...more
The Super 8 had no rooms available so I went down the road to the Select Inn. Bad choice. The lady...more
After trying to get a nice motel room and ending up in a substandard one, I looked for a place to eat. I did not see too many choices near the motel and did not want to spend much time looking, so I stopped at this Chinese Restaurant. There is no buffet, you order off the menu. The food was pretty good and the service acceptable. Not a bad choice, but not great either, for dining in Dickinson.
Favorite Dish: The Garlic Chicked was pretty good.
We ate here both nights we were staying at the Comfort Inn. They had a variety of vegetables and salads and fresh fruit on their food bar. We paid $6.99 for the food bar. This did not include drinks, but it did include some meat, and dessert and a cup of coffee.
We were impressed by how people there seemed genuinely interested in us and wanted to make sure we had a good meal. It was good and it was busy. We saw lots of 3 generation families in there. It was very pleasant and I would surely recommend it for a good place to stop during a road trip.
Favorite Dish: I enjoy being able to take a "little of a lot" and this place hit the spot.
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