July 8-11, 2022 “Medora….The tiny town in North Dakota that everyone loves to visit”
Let’s grab our hats and our boots for an “Old West” experience that you will not soon forget. Medora, North Dakota is located in the heart of the North Dakota Badlands, and is the gateway to the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It’s steeped in Theodore Roosevelt history! We’ve got three nights in the historic town at the Rough Rider’s Hotel right in the heart of museums, attractions, shows and shops. This tour is totally kid friendly! Join us as we embark west to North Dakota’s Badlands!
Your FOUR Day Medora, North Dakota Tour Includes: *Round Trip Motor Coach Transportation from Duluth, Eveleth, Virginia, Hibbing & Grand Rapids, Sartell, Rice, Little Falls and Baxter/ Brainerd *Three Nights Lodging: The HistoricRough Rider’s Hotel * Reserved Seats @ the Medora Musical Amphitheater *Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch at the New Life Center * Admission to see “Teddy” at the Old Town Hall Theater *Admission to see “Up to Your Eyes” with Bill Sorenson *Loop through Theodore Roosevelt National Park with our sights on wild mustangs, buffalo and prairie dogs. * Six Meals – A Full Breakfast each morning, Dinner at the Rough Riders Hotel plus the Pitchfork Fondue before the Medora Musical and Dinner at the Trapper’s Kettle * Fully guided, all Taxes, most Tips and Luggage Handling with tips for the porters.
$150 per person deposit due per reservation. Deposits are fully refundable with cancellations made by April 20, 2022. Full payments are due June 1, 2022. Monies returned with cancellations between April 20 and June 1, 2022 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives back from hotels, charters, tour companies, restaurants and theaters. Cancellations after June 1, 2022 receive no refunds. Reservations are transferrable. Trip cancellations insurance is available at an additional charge. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND the insurance in order to protect your investment. It offers peace of mind and financial security. Travel Insurance does not cover “Fear of Travel”. However, there are optional policies that offer “Cancel for Any Reason” where you could receive up to 50% of your investment. Final documents, day-by-day itineraries, hotel address & phone information should arrive 3 weeks prior to departure.
Day 1: Friday, July 8 Travel to Medora, North Dakota
Our early morning departures begin at 5 am and continue throughout Central and Northeast Minnesota. We will make comfort stops along the way while getting to know fellow travelers. Set your seats back and relax as we embark on delightful adventure to North America’s Largest Scandinavian Festival! A variety of boarding locations are offered but are subject to change depending on numbers at each stop & total number on board. Central Minnesota: Sartell AmericInnn; Rice Holiday Station; Little Falls Walmart Super; Baxter Walmart Northeast MN: Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall; Eveleth Super Eight; Virginia Village Inn; Hibbing Hampton Inn Grand Rapids – Forest Lake Restaurant (Lower Lot) 7:30-8:30 am- Breakfast (paying on own) at the Forest Lake Restaurant. 8:30 am- The bus departs from Grand Rapids We'll begin our journey in the early morning starting in Duluth, Iron Range Cities and Grand Rapids picking up along the way travel along #34 through Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes to Fargo, North Dakota. Our friends from central Minnesota will also have a similar start in the early hours but will begin their journey (by shuttle) in St Cloud, Rice, Little Falls, Brainerd blending both groups in Walker. From here we’ll continue west, making comfort stops and lunch before arriving to Medora. We will move into Mountain Time gaining an hour today. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to the Hotel: Rough Riders Hotel We’ll get settled in tonight and relax after a full day on the road. It’s all about “location!” and you can step outside your doors and be within everything Medora! Boardwalks, museums, shops, restaurants, theater and more. This property has a very nice restaurant in house, where we will have our dinner, included. Other amenities include indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center. 7:00 pm- Dinner is included tonight in Teddy’s at the Rough Riders. Menu yet to be announced.
Day 2: Saturday, July 9 Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Medora Musical
7 am- 8:30 am – Breakfast is included at your leisure. 9:00-12:00 pm – The coach departs for our drive through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As we drive the loop through TRNP, we’ll learn about Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch hands, and the cattle ranching boom in the Dakota Territory in the 1880s, as well as some of the people significant to the park's history. Discover American Indian cultures and conflicts in the era of westward expansion. We will also explore significant historic sites within Theodore Roosevelt National Park such as Theodores Roosevelt’s “Maltese Cross and Elkhorn Ranches. We’ll see Prairie Dog Towns and buffalo! Be sure to keep your eyes open for the wild mustangs that live in the park. 1:30 pm- Settle in for this awe-inspired quick-handed illusions, side splitting comedy, and fast talking acronym articulation by Bill Sorensen! His new show Up To Your Eyes in well...Bill Sorensen...will give you a line sight view of his greatest hits complete with the stories, magic, and comedy that has entertained folks for years here in Medora. Plus he’s always got a few new tricks up his sleeve, in his pocket, under his hat, and wherever else you might not expect! His family-friendly comedy is sure to entertain your group no matter the age.
5:00 pm- We’ll board our motorcoach and make our way to the Medora Musical and the Pitchfork Fondue. Get ready for a delicious dinner at the Pitchfork Fondu! This event takes place just steps from the Amphitheater where the musical is performed. Oh my! The view from where we are is unbelievable! Have your cameras ready for some great photo opportunities. As for the dinner tonight, you’ll be amazed as they fill your plate with a steak, baked potato, salad, baked beans, corn on the cob,and dessert. 7:15 pm- Take your seats for Medora Musical! The Medora Musical is the rootin'-tootinest, boot-scootinest show in all the Midwest. There's no other show quite like it. It's an ode to patriotism, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Great American West! After the show, get ready for a spectacular fireworks display
Save your appetite for a hearty buffet breakfast at the New Life Center only a block from the hotel.
9:30 am – 11:30 am – Settle in for a wonderful Gospel Brunch breakfast and Show! This smash-hit musical event has been very popular with groups. You’ll enjoy some new gospel songs and stories blended with some of those old favorites all paired with a great big brunch! Take the next couple of hours at your leisure before walking over to the Old Town Theater – a block away.
3:15 pm- We’ll gather at the Old Town Hall Theater to see “TEDDY.” The theater was built in the spot of the Medora Town Hall where Theodore Roosevelt himself visited in 1902. Today, it plays host to great family entertainment and live acts from around the country.
6:30 pm -Board the coach and travel to Belfield (20 minutes away). They are expecting us at the Trapper’s Kettle for dinner, included. Afterwards we’ll bring you to the Painted Canyon Overlook as the sun begins to set overlooking the Theodore Roosevelt NP.
Day 4: Monday, July 11 Travel Homeward with Fond Memories of North Dakota’s Badlands and Teddy Roosevelt History
7 am- 8 am – Breakfast is included. Luggage outside your doors at 7 am. We’ll travel eastward with home in our sites. Comfort and meal stops will be made throughout the day. Once we arrive to Walker, we’ll split off our group and those headed to central and southern Minnesota will board the transfer coach home. The rest headed to Northeast Minnesota will stay on board and finish their journey eastward. 2:00 pm- Lunch stop in Fargo, paying on own. After lunch, we’ll arrive to Walker and meet our shuttle driver. We’ll combine our Walker stops with a comfort stop/ transfer our Central Minnesota friends to the vehicle that will bring them home. Those traveling east will stay on board and continue after our comfort stop.
This is an estimated time of arrival home on this last day. Central Minnesota – 6:45 pm to Brainerd; 7:15 pm to Little Falls; 7:45 pm to Sartell. Northeast Minnesota- 6:45 pm to Grand Rapids; 7:30 pm to Hibbing; 8 pm to Virginia; 8:15 pm to Eveleth and 9:30 pm to Duluth
Things to know before you go on your Medora, ND Tour~
Coach: The charter is Trobec Bus Co from St Stephens. These vehicles are state of art with comfortable seats, restroom seatbelts, new air filtration system, and fabulous drivers! Depending on the size of the group from central Minnesota, we may use a smaller van, mini-coach or a motor coach.
Special Requests: Kindly let us know if you have any special needs we should be aware of BEFORE we leave. We do not rotate seats on the coach. We offer open seating unless there is a special need request. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requests. We also ask you to refrain from using perfumes / fragrances due to allergies.
Hotel: The hotel where we are staying is beautiful!!! You won’t be disappointed. (Rough Riders Hotel). It is not only historic but also a full service property, free wi-fi, and has a 24 hour fitness center and a nice restaurant in house.
How to pack and what to wear: You can pack one suitcase each (which is handled for you - including tip for the porter). You may also bring on board a carry-on bag. The tour is completely casual & comfortable.
Staying Healthy/ Covid-19: We go above and beyond the call of duty to keep our groups healthy as they travel with us. The coach has a new air filtration system that circulates and purifies the air. At the end of each day, the bus is cleaned again. Throughout the tour, the driver and tour director also wipe the handrails down. There is hand sanitizer on-board and all are encouraged to use it. We follow all CDC guidelines and mandates for each state that we travel. You may be asked to wear a mask at various places we visit as well as while moving about the motorcoach. At this time, you do not have to show proof of vaccination on any of the HTT motor coach tours that travel throughout the United States and masks are optional except when boarding and disembarking. Keep in mind that may change. In late 2021, passengers are asked to sign a waiver form promising not to hold Happy Trails Tours or its affiliates responsible should you become ill with Covid during post pandemic times. We are also asking that you not board the coach when feeling ill.
Morning Departure on that 1st Day: Our departures begin as early as 4:45 am and continue to pick folks up along our way. Two vehicles travel between Central and Northeast Minnesota joining the groups in Walker. Cities offered for boarding are; Sartell, Rice, Little Falls and Baxter. Northeast MN offers boarding in Duluth, Eveleth, Virginia, Hibbing and Grand Rapids. If fewer than 4 people are boarding in a given location off our main route, you will be asked to join the group at one of the boarding locations offered.
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