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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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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