Theodore Roosevelt once said he would not have become president had it not been for his experiences in North Dakota. And he so loved the badlands area that in 1903 he became the first U.S. president to ever visit Medora. To commemorate the event, the Metropolitan Hotel changed its name to the Rough Riders Hotel to honor Roosevelt and the country's first volunteer cavalry, which he led in the Spanish-American War. The historic hotel, built in 1895, recently underwent an extensive renovation that created 68 additional tower rooms. a new entrance and lobby. Despite the Western connotation of the hotel name, the theme here is Victorian. Rooms feature oak armoires and headboards and red velvet furniture. But you'll also find modern amenities such as pillow-top beds and flat-screen TVs. If you're looking to rent the best room in the place, consider asking for No. 501, a corner space with a king-size bed and seven windows that face the badlands and downtown. Another great room is No. 503, which boasts the hotel's only balcony. Rates for standard rooms start at $175. Rough Riders' dining room was also expanded to increase seating from 60 to 110. It features a cozy atmosphere, complete with fireplace, and a menu that's refreshed frequently. For more on that, read our review of Theodore's.