17 days in North Dakota Itinerary

17 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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17 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Fargo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bismarck
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Minot
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​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: Chahinkapa Zoo (in Wahpeton) and University of North Dakota (in Grand Forks). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Bonanzaville USA, browse the different shops at West Acres Shopping Center, and get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Fargo tour itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Fargo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. 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

Chahinkapa Zoo, University of North Dakota, Turtle River State Park
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Turtle River State Park ©
Turtle River State Park
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo
West Acres Shopping Center ©
West Acres Shopping Center

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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 Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Valley City, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
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4
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Former Governor's Mansion and Custer House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cross Ranch State Park and Buckstop Junction. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bismarck: Salem Sue (in New Salem) and Washburn (Fort Mandan & The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, have fun at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, contemplate the long history of On-A-Slant Village, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Dakota Zoo.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bismarck trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Bismarck takes 2 hours. September in Bismarck sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Minot.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mandan, Washburn, Salem Sue, Cross Ranch State Park
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Former Governor's Mansion ©
Former Governor's Mansion
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park
Fort Mandan ©
Fort Mandan

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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. There's much more to do: walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park, see the interesting displays at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Roosevelt Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Minot online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Minot takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 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

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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 Oxbow Overlook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medora: Enchanted Highway (in Regent) and North Unit (in Theodore Roosevelt National Park). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Medora online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Minot to Medora in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minot to Medora due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minot in September, Medora is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Finish 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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South Unit ©
South Unit
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park