31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+4
Subway + Bus + 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medora: Enchanted Highway (in Regent) and Dickinson Museum Center (in Dickinson). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, take some stellar pictures from Badlands Overlook, get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, and see the interesting displays at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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New York City to Medora is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get cooler 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, Enchanted Highway, Dickinson Museum Center, Prairie Fire Pottery
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Prairie Fire Pottery ©
Prairie Fire Pottery
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

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Williston

Williston ©
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near 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: contemplate the long history of Fort Union Trading Post, pause for some photo ops at Sitting Bull, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Buford State Historic Site, and browse the exhibits of Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Williston trip planner.

You can drive from Medora to Williston in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Medora in December since evenings lows in Williston dip to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Minot.

Things to do in Williston

Parks Nature Museums

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

4
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Minot: Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (in Kenmare), International Peace Garden (in Dunseith) and Tommy Turtle Statue (in Bottineau). There's much more to do: stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo, buy something for everyone on your list at Dakota Square Mall, and get in on the family fun at North Dakota State Fair Center.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Minot attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Williston to Minot takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Washburn (The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center & Fort Mandan) and Salem Sue (in New Salem). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, contemplate the long history of On-A-Slant Village, and walk around Keelboat Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bismarck day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Minot to Bismarck in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 7°F. 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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North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum ©
The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
North Dakota State Capitol Building ©
North Dakota State Capitol Building

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nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jamestown: 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). The adventure continues: 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 don't miss a visit to Jamestown Reservoir.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jamestown online trip maker.

Drive from Bismarck to Jamestown in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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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, enjoy some diversion at Alerus Center, appreciate the history behind Flood Memorial Monument, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Forks trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Jamestown to Grand Forks in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 5°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Frostfire Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Widman's Candy Shop ©
Widman's Candy Shop
Splasher's of the South Seas ©
Splasher's of the South Seas
Flood Memorial Monument ©
Flood Memorial Monument

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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. 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 much more to do: meet the residents at Red River Zoo, gain insight at North Dakota State University, see the interesting displays at Fargo Air Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Drekker Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fargo driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Grand Forks to Fargo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°F in December, and nighttime lows around 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

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