17 days in North Dakota Itinerary

17 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Fargo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Bismarck
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Minot
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Medora
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Foot:  10 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Discover out-of-the-way places like Turtle River State Park and Edgewood Golf. Change things up with these side-trips from Fargo: University of North Dakota (in Grand Forks) and Chahinkapa Zoo (in Wahpeton). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red River Zoo, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville, and browse the different shops at West Acres Shopping Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fargo trip builder.

New York City to Fargo is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Fargo. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Fargo to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Fargo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Golf

Side Trips

Bonanzaville, University of North Dakota, Turtle River State Park, Chahinkapa Zoo
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Turtle River State Park ©
Turtle River State Park
Bonanzaville ©
Bonanzaville
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo

2
nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Jamestown Reservoir, then get engrossed in the history at Frontier Village, then examine the collection at National Buffalo Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Stutsman County Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, then see the interesting displays at Barnes County Historical Society, and then cruise along Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jamestown online day trip planner.

Drive from Fargo to Jamestown in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Valley City, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
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National Buffalo Museum ©
National Buffalo Museum
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway ©
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway

4
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site and Buckstop Junction. Get outdoors at Cross Ranch State Park and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Washburn (Fort Mandan & The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center) and Salem Sue (in New Salem). There's much more to do: meet the residents at The Dakota Zoo, ponder the world of politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, and contemplate the long history of Custer House.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bismarck trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jamestown to Bismarck by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Bismarck, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mandan, Washburn, Cross Ranch State Park, Salem Sue
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The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park
Fort Mandan ©
Fort Mandan

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Metigoshe State Park and North Dakota State Fair Center. Step out of Minot to go to Dunseith and see International Peace Garden, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park, learn about all things military at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Minot trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bismarck to Minot in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Minot can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Metigoshe State Park, International Peace Garden
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Scandinavian Heritage Park ©
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Lake Metigoshe State Park ©
Lake Metigoshe State Park
North Dakota State Fair Center ©
North Dakota State Fair Center

4
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate South Unit and Painted Canyon Overlook. Get in touch with nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Enchanted Highway. Step out of Medora with an excursion to North Unit in Theodore Roosevelt National Park--about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: trek along Oxbow Overlook and take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Medora visit app.

Traveling by car from Minot to Medora takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Medora when traveling from Minot in September, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Enchanted Highway
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Chateau de Mores State Historic Site ©
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
South Unit ©
South Unit