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Top 10 Things To Do In Medora This Summer

Special thanks to North Dakota Tourism, South Dakota Tourism, Explore Minnesota and Tourism Winnipeg for the photos featured within.

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway.

Do you need to get out of Fargo for a few days? If so, there are several places within driving distance of the Fargo-Moorhead area you can go. Whether it is North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or even Canada, there is a place or event for everyone to escape to for a weekend. Jump out of the rat race and journey across state (or country) lines as we profile the best weekend getaway spots from A to Z! Well, what are you waiting for?

Check back later this month to see the rest of the places mentioned in our A to Z Adventure Guide! So far we’ve featured A-CD-EF-GH-J and K-L.


Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 327 miles

The History Behind Medora

Much like Deadwood, SD, Medora has been billed as a Wild West town. In fact, that is relatively inaccurate. It was founded by French nobleman Marquis de Mores in 1883. He planned to ship meat to Chicago via the Northern Pacific Railway from Medora. So, originally, Medora was a meatpacking town. Later, Theodore Roosevelt would visit the area and fall in love with it. Since Roosevelt’s time in the Medora area, the town has become a total tourist destination thanks to the history behind it. However, the idea that it was once an Old West town like Deadwood is not true.

Top Ten Things to Do in Medora

#1 Medora Musical

The one tradition that will never die in Medora is the nightly musical that runs from June 1 through September 8. A show taking place at a spectacular outdoor amphitheater has been Medora's long-lasting legacy. It is a professionally produced and performed Western show dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt's legacy.

#2 Pitchfork Steak Fondue

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With Medora's acclaimed chefs loading steaks onto pitchforks, you know you are in for a good meal. The most popular dining experience in the town goes unmatched by any other. Along with your steak, you will receive vegetables, fruit, coleslaw, baked potatoes, garlic toast, baked beans, salad, brownies, cinnamon-sugar donuts and a drink of your choice. Talk about a feast.

#3 Chateau de Mores

Take a step back in time as you peruse this 26 room Chateau built by Medora's founder Marquis de Mores. He built the fantastic premises for his wife, Medora (for which the town is named). The home features its original furnishings and has been restored to what it looked like in 1885.

#4 Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin

This historic cabin once lied seven miles from Medora, but has since been moved into Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The 26th President lived there when he first came to the Dakota Territory. There are still several original items which belonged to Roosevelt in the cabin too.

#8 Elkhorn Ranch

The most notable of Theodore Roosevelt's cattle ranches is the Elkhorn. It lies roughly 35 miles North of Medora but provides an incredible amount of history with it. Roosevelt built the ranch after moving back to the Dakota Territory following the death of his wife and mother, on the same day. It has since remained one of the seminal locations for those interested in Roosevelt's life.

#10 Medora Riding Stables

There is no greater way to explore Medora and the surrounding landscape than on horseback. You will see the buttes and canyons that the Badlands have to offer while on the back of your trusty steed.

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Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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