45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota itinerary planner

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Fly to Hector International Airport, Drive to Grand Forks
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Grand Forks
— 5 nights
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Dunseith
— 4 nights
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Minot
— 5 nights
Drive
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Williston
— 5 nights
Drive
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Regent
— 4 nights
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Bismarck
— 5 nights
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Jamestown
— 5 nights
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Fargo
— 6 nights
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Grand Forks

— 5 nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Turtle River State Park and River Cities Speedway. Get in touch with nature at Icelandic State Park and Devils Lake. Step out of Grand Forks with an excursion to Pembina State Museum in Pembina--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: tee off at King's Walk Golf Course, make a splash at Splasher's of the South Seas, explore the world behind art at North Dakota Museum of Art, and walk around Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Forks trip planner.

New York City to Grand Forks is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Grand Forks due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Forks: highs are around 73°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dunseith.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Dunseith

— 4 nights
Dunseith is a city in Rolette County, North Dakota, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Metigoshe State Park and Bottineau Winter Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prairie Village Museum and Niewoehner Bell Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Tommy Turtle Statue (in Bottineau) and Rugby (Northern Lights Tower & Geographical Center of North America). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at International Peace Garden, try to win big at Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino, and don't miss a visit to W'eel Turtle.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dunseith trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Forks to Dunseith takes 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Forks in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dunseith: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Minot.

Things to do in Dunseith

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Minot

— 5 nights
Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. Get outdoors at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Sakakawea State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Park and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Step out of Minot to go to Garrison and see Fort Stevenson State Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum & Magic City Express, stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, learn about all things military at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverwalk of Minot.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Minot trip planner.

You can drive from Dunseith to Minot in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Williston.

Things to do in Minot

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

Williston

— 5 nights
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Links of North Dakota. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Bend Overlook and Lewis and Clark Trail Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Medora (Bully Pulpit Golf Course & Badlands Overlook), Prairie Fire Pottery (in Beach) and Cannonball Concretions Pullout (in Watford City). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Crow Flies High Butte, pause for some photo ops at Sitting Bull, and steep yourself in history at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center.

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

Drive from Minot to Williston in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Williston can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Things to do in Williston

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

— 5 nights
Theodore Roosevelt National Park displays Great Plains wildlife such as bison, wild horses, elk, big horn sheep, and prairie dogs in a mixed landscape of expansive prairie and craggy badlands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Petrified Forest Loop and Elkhorn Ranch Site. Take a break from the city and head to South Unit and Caprock-Coulee Trail. Go for a jaunt from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Grassy Butte to see Old Post Office about 56 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at North Unit. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Oxbow Overlook, get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, hike along Buckhorn Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Peaceful Valley.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Williston to Theodore Roosevelt National Park takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Regent.

Things to do in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

Regent

— 4 nights
Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. Go for a jaunt from Regent to Richardton to see Assumption Abbey about 52 minutes away. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Enchanted Highway.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Regent vacation site.

Traveling by car from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Regent takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Regent are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. You will leave for Bismarck on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Regent

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Bismarck

— 5 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Custer House and General Sibley Park & Campground. Escape the urban bustle at Hawktree Golf Club and McDowell Dam Nature Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bismarck: Cross Ranch State Park (in Center) and Dickinson (Dickinson Museum Center & West River Community Center). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Dakota Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, cool off at Raging Rivers Waterpark, and immerse yourself in nature at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bismarck route maker tool.

You can drive from Regent to Bismarck in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Bismarck, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Jamestown

— 5 nights
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Ransom State Park and Sullys Hill National Game Preserve. Take a break from the city and head to Grahams Island State Park and Beaver Lake State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Jamestown side-trips: Lake Hoskins (in Ashley), Fort Totten State Historic Site (in Fort Totten) and Valley City (Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, Barnes County Historical Society, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Stutsman County Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint James Basilica, and get engrossed in the history at Frontier Village.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jamestown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Jamestown takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Jamestown can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Jamestown

Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

Fargo

— 6 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Get in touch with nature at Edgewood Golf and Rose Creek Golf Course. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church and Sky Zone Fargo. Get out of town with these interesting Fargo side-trips: Wahpeton (Chahinkapa Zoo & Wahpeton Wahpper - World's Largest Catfish) and Bagg Bonanza Farm (in Mooreton). There's much more to do: get your game on at Scheels Arena, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville, and take in the views from Veterans Memorial Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fargo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Fargo takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Fun & Games · Golf · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:

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.