15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

15 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota visit planner

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

— 3 nights
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 Petrified Forest Loop. Change things up with these side-trips from Medora: Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Caprock-Coulee Trail, Oxbow Overlook, &more). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Harold Schafer Heritage Center.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Medora day trip tool.

San Francisco to Medora is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Medora. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get slightly colder in Medora: highs are around 70°F and lows about 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 · Trails

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Watford City

— 2 nights
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, then 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. 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 70°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Mandan.

Things to do in Watford City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mandan

— 3 nights
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 Fort Stevenson State Park. Take a break from Mandan with a short trip to Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Coleharbor, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Hawktree Golf Club, explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelboat Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mandan travel route planner.

You can drive from Watford City to Mandan in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°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 · Golf

Side Trips

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Devils Lake

— 1 night
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 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arvilla.

Things to do in Devils Lake

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Arvilla

— 1 night
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 72°F, while nighttime lows are 48°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

Parks · Nature
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Fargo

— 4 nights
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 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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North Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.