15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Medora
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Watford City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mandan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Devils Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Arvilla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Fargo
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

3
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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Caprock-Coulee Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oxbow Overlook and Harold Schafer Heritage Center. When in Medora, make a side trip to see Peaceful Valley in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of South Unit, appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, and cruise along Petrified Forest Loop.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Medora attractions tool .

San Francisco to Medora is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Medora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Medora reach 70°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to 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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Watford City

Watford City ©
Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort Union Trading Post, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at River Bend Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cannonball Concretions Pullout, and finally get great views at Longhorn Pullout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Sitting Bull and then explore the striking landscape of North Unit.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Watford City road trip planning website .

Drive from Medora to Watford City in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Watford City are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mandan.

Things to do in Watford City

Parks Nature 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Custer House and Fort Stevenson State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Keelboat Park. Get out of town with these interesting Mandan side-trips: Cross Ranch State Park (in Center) and Assumption Abbey (in Richardton). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Hawktree Golf Club and get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mandan online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Watford City to Mandan by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mandan are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Devils Lake.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Devils Lake

Devils Lake ©
Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fort Totten State Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, and then admire the majestic nature at Grahams Island State Park.

Start your trip to Devils Lake by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Mandan to Devils Lake takes 3 hours. September in Devils Lake sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arvilla.

Things to do in Devils Lake

Parks Wildlife Nature

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

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Arvilla

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

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arvilla day trip tool .

You can drive from Devils Lake to Arvilla in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Arvilla can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Arvilla

Parks Nature
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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. Step out of the city life by going to Fort Ransom State Park and Rose Creek Golf Course. Step off the beaten path and head to Drekker Brewing Company and Edgewood Golf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fargo: Saint James Basilica (in Jamestown), Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway (in Valley City) and Maple River Winery (in Casselton). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Roger Maris Museum, and contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville USA.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fargo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arvilla to Fargo takes 2 hours. September in Fargo sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

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