By ND Commerce - Tourism Division
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota was selected as one of the nation’s “best presidential attractions.” USA Today and 10Best’s Reader’s Choice contest ranked the national park number five in the top 10 listing.
The top 10 listing will be featured in USA Today’s print and online versions for Friday, March 7.
Nominees in this contest were selected by 10Best.com’s panel of travel experts and then voted into winner spots by the public. 10Best is a division of USA Today and offers information on top places to go and things to do both in the U.S. and abroad.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park has strong ties to its namesake. In 1883, Theodore Roosevelt came to the North Dakota Badlands to hunt bison and eventually ranch here. His experiences and time in the area are what inspired his conservation policies during his presidency. The 26th President also attributed his time in the White House to his North Dakota experiences by saying, “I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.”
North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman said Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the state’s most popular tourism attraction. “Visitors from all over the U.S. are drawn to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Its scenic beauty is rugged and untamed, just like when Theodore Roosevelt lived here. Plus, it offers legendary opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Overall, it’s a great place for visitors to explore nature, and learn about the history of our nation and state.”
The complete listing of the 10 best presidential attractions can be found at: www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-presidential-attraction/.