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Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

While people often think of North Dakota of as being a flat endless prairie, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is anything but that. Protecting the badlands of the state, the park is a scenic expanse of buttes, gullies, rivers, and grasslands. A large amount of wildlife live in the area including prairie dogs and bison.

Theodore Roosevelt made multiple visits to the then Dakota Territory between 1883 and 1896. He credits his experience as being influential to his conservationist policies as a politician. These included creating the Forest Service, the establishment of five National Parks, and the signing of the Antiquities Act which allows the president to protect federal lands.  Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park was established in 1947 to honor Roosevelt. In 1978, it was changed to a National Park.

Visitor Information

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is always open although some facilities are closed during the winter. Effective June 2018 admission is $30 per vehicle and is valid for one week. Camping sites are available for an additional charge. The park is separated into the North Unit and South Unit with admission being good for both. All of the pictures above are of the South Unit.

How to Get There

To get to the more accessible South Unit, take exit 24 (if traveling east) or exit 27 (if traveling west) from Interstate 94 and follow signs for the park. Once inside, a scenic loop road provides access to various points of interest. To get to the North Unit take 42 from Interstate 94 and then travel north on to US Highway 85 for about 50 miles.

Location of the South Unit of Theodore  Roosevelt National Park
Location of the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

When to Go

Spring and fall are the best times of year to visit. It is cold and snowy during the winter while summer is very hot. Either include as part of a cross country trip along Interstate 94 or as a stop on a road trip of the High Plains.

Highlights and Recap of Dublin, Ireland

Highlights and Recap of Dublin, Ireland

After leaving Italy, I flew directly to Dublin, Ireland. Ireland has been on my list of places to visit for awhile. I would have liked to have stayed longer so I could see the countryside, but due to time constrains a visit to the capital city would have to do. Compared to some places in Italy, especially Venice, Dublin felt much more like a city people lived in as opposed to being full of tourists. After a week of lines and crowds, it was a nice change of pace. The weather was a little chilly (in the 60s) but still not too bad.

Not to further any stereotypes, but there was no shortage of drinking establishments. My favorites were some of the older pubs in and around the Temple Bar area and of course the Guinness Storehouse. Dublin also had some notable architecture such as the Dublin Castle, Samuel Beckett Bridge and St Patrick's Cathedral (detailed below). It was a very laid back couple of days before heading to London for the conclusion of the trip.

 

St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral serves as the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is the largest church in the country. The cathedral was built in the Gothic style and completed in 1191. Even though I had an advanced ticket to enter, it would not have been necessary as the line was very short. There were free tours offered which were very informative.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle was once the seat of the British Government when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. Today it is a government complex and tourist attraction. St Patrick's Hall (the large blue room) is used for presidential inaugurations and state dinners. While it is free to view the outside of the castle and grounds, there is a small fee (7 Euros as of April 2017) to tour the State Apartments inside.

St Patrick's Hall
The Portrait Gallery
The Dubhlinn Gardens
The Dubhlinn Gardens

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is a neighborhood in Central Dublin that has a large number of bars and restaurants.

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Guinness Storehouse

Located at the Guinness Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is a seven story building with exhibits on how the beer is made and a history of the company. There are also optional experiences such as how to pour the perfect pint. At the top is the Gravity Bar where you can get a beer (included with the price of admission) and enjoy the view of Dublin.

View from the Gravity Bar at the top

St Stephen's Green

St Stephen's Green is a rectangular shaped park located near the city center of Dublin. It opened to the public in 1880 and is 22 acres in size.

O'Connell Street/Spire of Dublin

O'Connell Street is the main thoroughfare in Dublin. The wide boulevard is lined with shops and has multiple monuments in the center. One of the these is the 390 foot high Spire of Dublin, completed in 2003 as part of a revival of the area. A committee selected the design after holding an international competition.

River Liffey

The River Liffey is a river that runs right through the heart of the city. Two of the Notable crossings are the Ha'penny Bridge and the Samuel Beckett Bridge which is shaped like a harp (the national symbol of Ireland) lying on it's side.

Ha'penny Bridge
Samuel Beckett Bridge
Samuel Beckett Bridge

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