15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Medora
— 3 nights
2
Watford City
— 2 nights
3
Mandan
— 3 nights
4
Devils Lake
— 1 night
5
Arvilla
— 1 night
6
Fargo
— 4 nights

3
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Get some historical perspective at South Unit and Painted Canyon Overlook. Escape the urban bustle at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Peaceful Valley. There's lots more to do: trek along Oxbow Overlook, get engrossed in the history at Harold Schafer Heritage Center, take a memorable drive along Petrified Forest Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caprock-Coulee Trail.

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San Francisco to Medora is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Medora is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Medora: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Watford City.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
South Unit ©
South Unit

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nights
Watford City

Watford City ©
Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort Union Trading Post, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at River Bend Overlook, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Cannonball Concretions Pullout, and finally get great views at Longhorn Pullout. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Sitting Bull and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Unit.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Watford City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Medora to Watford City takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Medora to Watford City is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Mandan.

Things to do in Watford City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Williston, North Unit
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River Bend Overlook ©
River Bend Overlook
Cannonball Concretions Pullout ©
Cannonball Concretions Pullout
North Unit ©
North Unit

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Mandan

Mandan ©
Mandan is a city on the eastern border of Morton County and is the eighth-largest city in North Dakota. Popular historic sites such as Assumption Abbey and Custer House are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cross Ranch State Park and Keelboat Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mandan: Fort Stevenson State Park (in Garrison) and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex (in Coleharbor). It doesn't end there: tee off at Hawktree Golf Club and get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mandan trip planner.

Getting from Watford City to Mandan by car takes about 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Devils Lake.

Things to do in Mandan

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bismarck, Fort Stevenson State Park, Cross Ranch State Park, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Assumption Abbey
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Fort Stevenson State Park ©
Fort Stevenson State Park
Assumption Abbey ©
Assumption Abbey
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex ©
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex

1
night
Devils Lake

Devils Lake ©
Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the galleries of Fort Totten State Historic Site, identify plant and animal life at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, and then immerse yourself in nature at Grahams Island State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Devils Lake trip maker website.

Drive from Mandan to Devils Lake in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arvilla.

Things to do in Devils Lake

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, Fort Totten State Historic Site
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Fort Totten State Historic Site ©
Fort Totten State Historic Site
Grahams Island State Park ©
Grahams Island State Park
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve ©
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve

1
night
Arvilla

Arvilla ©
Arvilla is an unincorporated community in central Grand Forks County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Turtle River State Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arvilla road trip app.

You can drive from Devils Lake to Arvilla in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Arvilla are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Arvilla

Nature Parks
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Turtle River State Park ©
Turtle River State Park

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Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Ransom State Park and Edgewood Golf. Get outdoors at Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway and Rose Creek Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Fargo: Maple River Winery (in Casselton) and Saint James Basilica (in Jamestown). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum, see the interesting displays at Roger Maris Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fargo online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arvilla to Fargo in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, Maple River Winery, Saint James Basilica, Fort Ransom State Park, Bonanzaville
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Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church ©
Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church
Fort Ransom State Park ©
Fort Ransom State Park
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway ©