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Painted Canyon in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, just off of I-94 in western North Dakota. (Image: Fritzmb via Flickr)
Painted Canyon in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, just off of I-94 in western North Dakota. (Image: Fritzmb via Flickr)

ND’s Theodore Roosevelt Park ranks 5th best place to visit worldwide

It’s a big world with lots to do and see. To help you decide where to visit this year, The New York Times released its definitive list of 52 places to go in 2016, “from ancient temples to crystalline waters.”

Of all the wonders scattered across the globe, though, North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park ranked number five. The Times describes the park as a place “where rolling grasslands dotted with bison collapse into the spectacular red, white and gold badlands of tumbling mud coulees.”

The park, named after President Teddy Roosevelt, was only bested by Mexico City, Bordeaux, France, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta, and the Caribbean city of Coral Bay, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a statement, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said, “Western North Dakota gets a lot of attention because of its vibrant energy economy, but few people outside our state know about the spectacular landscape and natural beauty that thrives side by side with it in our state. I invite travelers from around the world to visit us and see what the New York Times described as a ‘century of protecting America’s magnificence.”

Additionally, last month the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the National Bison Legacy Act. The legislation, introduced by Hoeven and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) officially named the bison, a longtime symbol of the open prairie, as the official mammal of the United States.

For more information about the park, visit the National Park Service Theodore Roosevelt website or visit the North Dakota Tourism website.

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