8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubuque
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Fargo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Valley City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Medora
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubuque

1
night
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 20th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fargo travel route builder tool.

Dubuque to Fargo is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Valley City.

Things to do in Fargo

Golf Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Maple River Winery
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Drekker Brewing Company ©
Drekker Brewing Company
Maple River Winery ©
Maple River Winery
North Dakota State University ©
North Dakota State University

2
nights
Valley City

Valley City ©
Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Fort Ransom State Park, then see the interesting displays at Barnes County Historical Society, and then take a memorable drive along Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint James Basilica, see the interesting displays at Stutsman County Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Valley City travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Fargo to Valley City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Valley City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jamestown, Fort Ransom State Park, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
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Fort Ransom State Park ©
Fort Ransom State Park
Stutsman County Memorial Museum ©
Stutsman County Memorial Museum
Barnes County Historical Society ©
Barnes County Historical Society

1
night
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site, play a few rounds at Hawktree Golf Club, and then contemplate the long history of Custer House.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bismarck tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Valley City to Bismarck by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Custer House
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Hawktree Golf Club ©
Hawktree Golf Club
Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site ©
Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site
Custer House ©
Custer House

2
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Harold Schafer Heritage Center, ride a horse along Maah Daah Hey Trail, and then stroll through South Unit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Little Missouri National Grassland and then trek along Oxbow Overlook.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Medora road trip tool.

You can drive from Bismarck to Medora in 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bismarck in August, Medora is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Harold Schafer Heritage Center ©
Harold Schafer Heritage Center
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
Maah Daah Hey Trail ©
Maah Daah Hey Trail

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