12 days in North Dakota Itinerary

12 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Medora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Minot
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Bismarck
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Jamestown
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Fargo
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 23rd (Tue), cruise along Little Missouri National Grassland, steep yourself in history at Von Hoffman House, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook and then explore the striking landscape of South Unit.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Medora online sightseeing planner .

Washington DC to Medora is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Medora due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in Medora hover around 76°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
South Unit ©
South Unit
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

3
nights
Minot

Minot ©
Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. Bring the kids along to Roosevelt Park Zoo and Dakota Square Mall. Step out of the city life by going to Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minot: Bottineau (Tommy Turtle Statue & Lake Metigoshe State Park). It doesn't end there: walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park and see the interesting displays at Dakota Territory Air Museum.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Minot vacation maker app .

Drive from Medora to Minot in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Minot can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bottineau, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
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Scandinavian Heritage Park ©
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Roosevelt Park Zoo ©
Roosevelt Park Zoo
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge ©
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. On the 28th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelboat Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at McDowell Dam Nature Park. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, then pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, then let the kids burn off some steam at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Mandan.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bismarck online road trip planner .

You can drive from Minot to Bismarck in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bismarck can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Mandan, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
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The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park ©
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

1
night
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. On the 30th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village, examine the collection at National Buffalo Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint James Basilica.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jamestown vacation planner.

You can drive from Bismarck to Jamestown in 2 hours. June in Jamestown sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums Historic Sites
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National Buffalo Museum ©
National Buffalo Museum
Frontier Village ©
Frontier Village
Saint James Basilica ©
Saint James Basilica

3
nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Popular historic sites such as Bonanzaville USA and Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site are in your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Red River Zoo and Chahinkapa Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Fargo to Grand Forks to see Splasher's of the South Seas about 1h 30 min away.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fargo road trip site .

Drive from Jamestown to Fargo in 2 hours. June in Fargo sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, Splasher's of the South Seas, Chahinkapa Zoo
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Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site ©
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo
Chahinkapa Zoo ©
Chahinkapa Zoo