31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Drive:  10 h
1
Medora
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Williston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Minot
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Bismarck
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Jamestown
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Grand Forks
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Fargo
— 7 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: New York City

4
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Medora side-trips: Enchanted Highway (in Regent) and Dickinson Museum Center (in Dickinson). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, and get great views at Badlands Overlook.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora driving holiday website .

New York City to Medora is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much colder in Medora: highs are around 28°F and lows about 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Williston.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Prairie Fire Pottery, Enchanted Highway, Dickinson Museum Center
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
South Unit ©
South Unit
Enchanted Highway ©
Enchanted Highway

3
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Williston

Williston ©
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Williston: Watford City (Cannonball Concretions Pullout, River Bend Overlook, & more), Lewis and Clark Trail Museum (in Alexander) and North Unit (in Theodore Roosevelt National Park). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Union Trading Post, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Buford State Historic Site, pause for some photo ops at Sitting Bull, and deepen your understanding at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Williston trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Medora to Williston in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Williston. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Medora in December since evenings lows in Williston dip to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Williston

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Watford City, Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, North Unit
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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North Unit ©
North Unit
Fort Union Trading Post ©
Fort Union Trading Post

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minot: International Peace Garden (in Dunseith), Tommy Turtle Statue (in Bottineau) and Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (in Kenmare). There's lots more to do: walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park, see the interesting displays at Dakota Territory Air Museum, get in on the family fun at North Dakota State Fair Center, and get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Minot trip planner.

Getting from Williston to Minot by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

International Peace Garden, Tommy Turtle Statue, Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie Village Museum
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
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Scandinavian Heritage Park ©
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Roosevelt Park Zoo ©
Roosevelt Park Zoo
International Peace Garden ©
International Peace Garden

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nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Salem Sue (in New Salem) and Washburn (The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center & Fort Mandan). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, explore the activities along Missouri River, steep yourself in history at Custer House, and delve into the distant past at Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bismarck trip planner .

Traveling by car from Minot to Bismarck takes 2 hours. In December in Bismarck, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 7°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mandan, Washburn, Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site, Salem Sue
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
North Dakota State Capitol Building ©

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nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jamestown side-trips: Valley City (Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park, Barnes County Historical Society, & more), Fort Totten State Historic Site (in Fort Totten) and Spirit Lake Casino (in Saint Michael). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum, steep yourself in history at Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village, and make a trip to Jamestown Reservoir.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jamestown road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Jamestown takes 2 hours. December in Jamestown sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 7°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Valley City, Midland Continental Depot Transport Museum, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, Spirit Lake Casino, Fort Totten State Historic Site
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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National Buffalo Museum ©
National Buffalo Museum
Frontier Village ©
Frontier Village

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nights
Grand Forks

Grand Forks ©
Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota (after Fargo and Bismarck) and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. Change things up with a short trip to Frostfire Mountain in Walhalla (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Widman's Candy Shop, take an in-depth tour of Grand Forks County Historical Society Myra Museum, explore the world behind art at North Dakota Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Flood Memorial Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Forks online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Grand Forks takes 3 hours. December in Grand Forks sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 5°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Frostfire Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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North Dakota Museum of Art ©
North Dakota Museum of Art
Widman's Candy Shop ©
Widman's Candy Shop
University of North Dakota ©
University of North Dakota

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nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Change things up with these side-trips from Fargo: Wahpeton (Chahinkapa Zoo & Wahpeton Wahpper - World's Largest Catfish) and Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site (in Abercrombie). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville USA, examine the collection at Fargo Air Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company.

You can plan Fargo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Grand Forks to Fargo in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Fargo can reach 24°F, while at night they dip to 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Wahpeton, Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, Bonanzaville
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
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Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo
Fargo Air Museum ©
Fargo Air Museum
Roger Maris Museum ©
Roger Maris Museum