31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

31 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Bismarck
— 4 nights
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Medora
— 4 nights
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Williston
— 4 nights
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Minot
— 2 nights
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Bottineau
— 2 nights
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Devils Lake
— 2 nights
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Jamestown
— 3 nights
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Grand Forks
— 3 nights
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Fargo
— 6 nights
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Bismarck

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Get outdoors at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and Missouri River. Popular historic sites such as On-A-Slant Village and Fort Mandan are in your itinerary. Explore Bismarck's surroundings by going to The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (in Washburn) and Cross Ranch State Park (in Center). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, contemplate the long history of Custer House, and delve into the distant past at Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bismarck holiday planner.

Minneapolis to Bismarck is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, Bismarck is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Medora

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. You'll explore and learn at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and Dickinson Museum Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at South Unit and Painted Canyon Overlook. Explore Medora's surroundings by going to Oxbow Overlook (in Theodore Roosevelt National Park) and Enchanted Highway (in Regent). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Little Missouri National Grassland, take an in-depth tour of Harold Schafer Heritage Center, examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and tee off at Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Medora road trip app.

Getting from Bismarck to Medora by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Bismarck to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bismarck in August, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Medora. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Williston.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

4
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Williston

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Williston with a short trip to 4 Bears Casino in New Town, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Union Trading Post.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Williston using our trip planner.

Getting from Medora to Williston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Medora to Williston, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Williston can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You'll set off for Minot on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Williston

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

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Minot

Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. Minot is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, find something for the whole family at North Dakota State Fair Center, get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Dakota Square Mall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Minot trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Williston to Minot in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Minot can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bottineau.

Things to do in Minot

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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Bottineau

Bottineau is a city in Bottineau County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at International Peace Garden and then try to win big at Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Metigoshe State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bottineau online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Minot to Bottineau takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Minot in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bottineau: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Devils Lake.

Things to do in Bottineau

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

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Devils Lake

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): try your luck at Spirit Lake Casino and then contemplate the waterfront views at Devils Lake.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Devils Lake itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bottineau to Devils Lake in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You'll set off for Jamestown on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Devils Lake

Fun & Games · Parks · Nature · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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Jamestown

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Buffalo Museum and Barnes County Historical Society. Do some cultural sightseeing at Frontier Village and Stutsman County Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Jamestown: Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site (in Cooperstown) and Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway (in Valley City). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Jamestown Reservoir.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jamestown trip planner.

You can drive from Devils Lake to Jamestown in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Jamestown are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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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. Take a break from Grand Forks with a short trip to Icelandic State Park in Cavalier, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Splasher's of the South Seas, bet on your favorite at River Cities Speedway, deepen your understanding at University of North Dakota, and see where the action happens at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Forks itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Grand Forks takes 3 hours. In August in Grand Forks, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

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Fargo

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Red River Zoo and Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site. You'll explore and learn at Roger Maris Museum and Fargo Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Fargo side-trips: Chahinkapa Zoo (in Wahpeton) and Maple River Winery (in Casselton). There's still lots to do: see where the action happens at Newman Outdoor Field, tee off at Edgewood Golf, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville, and browse the different shops at West Acres Shopping Center.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fargo road trip planning website.

You can drive from Grand Forks to Fargo in 1.5 hours. August in Fargo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.