45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
1
Grand Forks
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Dunseith
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Minot
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Williston
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Regent
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Bismarck
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Jamestown
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Fargo
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: New York City

5
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. Explore hidden gems such as Turtle River State Park and Devils Lake. Get in touch with nature at Icelandic State Park and King's Walk Golf Course. 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: bet on your favorite at River Cities Speedway, deepen your understanding at University of North Dakota, explore the world behind art at North Dakota Museum of Art, and walk around Memorial Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Forks trip planner.

New York City to Grand Forks is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of car and flight. 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

Side Trips

Devils Lake, Turtle River State Park, Pembina State Museum, Icelandic State Park
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
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Icelandic State Park ©
Icelandic State Park
Turtle River State Park ©
Turtle River State Park
Devils Lake ©
Devils Lake

4
nights
Dunseith

Dunseith ©
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 W'eel Turtle. Venture out of the city with trips to Tommy Turtle Statue (in Bottineau) and Rugby (Northern Lights Tower, Geographical Center of North America, &more). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at International Peace Garden and try to win big at Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino.

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You can drive from Grand Forks to Dunseith in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Forks in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Dunseith, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Dunseith

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Rugby, Bottineau, Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino
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Lake Metigoshe State Park ©
Lake Metigoshe State Park
Bottineau Winter Park ©
Bottineau Winter Park
Tommy Turtle Statue ©
Tommy Turtle Statue

5
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. Get outdoors at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge and Riverwalk of Minot. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Stevenson State Park and Lake Sakakawea State Park. Step out of Minot to go to Coleharbor and see Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at North Dakota State Fair Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Roosevelt Park Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and walk around Oak Park.

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Drive from Dunseith to Minot in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Williston.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Sakakawea State Park, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Stevenson State Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Fort Stevenson State Park ©
Fort Stevenson State Park
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex ©
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Lake Sakakawea State Park ©
Lake Sakakawea State Park

5
nights
Williston

Williston ©
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 Cannonball Concretions Pullout. Venture out of the city with trips to Lewis and Clark Trail Museum (in Alexander), Medora (Bully Pulpit Golf Course & Badlands Overlook) and Prairie Fire Pottery (in Beach). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Crow Flies High Butte, contemplate the long history of Fort Union Trading Post, deepen your understanding at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, and appreciate the history behind Sitting Bull.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Williston trip planner.

Drive from Minot to Williston in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Things to do in Williston

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Medora, Watford City, Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Crow Flies High Butte, Prairie Fire Pottery
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
River Bend Overlook ©
River Bend Overlook
Cannonball Concretions Pullout ©
Cannonball Concretions Pullout

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nights
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
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 Peaceful Valley. Take a break from the city and head to South Unit and Buckhorn Trail. Go for a jaunt from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Grassy Butte to see Old Post Office about 50 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at North Unit. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Oxbow Overlook, get a taste of life in the country at Elkhorn Ranch Site, hike along Caprock-Coulee Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, 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

Side Trip

Old Post Office
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Petrified Forest Loop ©
Petrified Forest Loop
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
Caprock-Coulee Trail ©
Caprock-Coulee Trail

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nights
Regent

Regent ©
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 see more things to do, other places to visit, 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

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Assumption Abbey
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Enchanted Highway ©
Enchanted Highway
Assumption Abbey ©
Assumption Abbey

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nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Cross Ranch State Park and McDowell Dam Nature Park. Escape the urban bustle at Hawktree Golf Club and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bismarck: 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, cool off at Raging Rivers Waterpark, pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, and look for gifts at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, 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

Side Trips

Mandan, Dickinson, Cross Ranch State Park
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:
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The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park
Hawktree Golf Club ©
Hawktree Golf Club

5
nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Ransom State Park and Grahams Island State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Lake Hoskins. Get out of town with these interesting Jamestown side-trips: Beaver Lake State Park (in Wishek), Valley City (Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, Barnes County Historical Society, &more) and Fort Totten State Historic Site (in Fort Totten). 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 see photos, maps, reviews, 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

Side Trips

Valley City, Beaver Lake State Park, Grahams Island State Park, Lake Hoskins, Fort Totten State Historic Site
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Fort Ransom State Park ©
Fort Ransom State Park
Grahams Island State Park ©
Grahams Island State Park
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve ©
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve

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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. Get in touch with nature at Edgewood Golf and Rose Creek Golf Course. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scheels Arena and Sky Zone Trampoline Park. 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: let the kids burn off some steam at Lindenwood Park, deepen your understanding at North Dakota State University, see the interesting displays at Fargo Air Museum, and contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville.

For more things to do, reviews, 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

Side Trips

Wahpeton, Bagg Bonanza Farm, Bonanzaville
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:
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Lindenwood Park ©
Lindenwood Park
Scheels Arena ©
Scheels Arena
Sky Zone Trampoline Park ©
Sky Zone Trampoline Park