8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Fargo
— 1 day
Drive
2
Grand Forks
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bismarck
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Medora
— 1 night
Drive
5
Watford City
— 1 night
Drive to Williston Basin International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport

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Fargo

— 1 day
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): test your team's savvy at Escape House Fargo, then tee off at Edgewood Golf, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Lindenwood Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fargo trip planner.

Los Angeles to Fargo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Fargo due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Fargo dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Fargo

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

Grand Forks

— 2 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. On the 22nd (Sat), bet on your favorite at River Cities Speedway and then explore the world behind art at North Dakota Museum of Art. On your second day here, tee off at King's Walk Golf Course, then take an in-depth tour of Grand Forks County Historical Society Myra Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Turtle River State Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Forks online trip maker.

Getting from Fargo to Grand Forks by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Bismarck

— 3 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hawktree Golf Club and Cross Ranch State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Stevenson State Park and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Step out of Bismarck to go to Mercer and see Lake Sakakawea State Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around General Sibley Park & Campground, let the kids burn off some steam at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park, pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, and explore the activities along Keelboat Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bismarck online route planner.

You can drive from Grand Forks to Bismarck in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Bismarck sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 27th (Thu), cruise along Petrified Forest Loop, contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, then get engrossed in the history at Harold Schafer Heritage Center, and finally ride a horse along Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Discover how to plan a Medora trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bismarck to Medora in 2 hours. Traveling from Bismarck to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bismarck in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Medora, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Watford City.

Things to do in Medora

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:

Watford City

— 1 night
Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. On the 28th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Longhorn Pullout, take in the dramatic natural features at Cannonball Concretions Pullout, then stroll through Caprock-Coulee Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at River Bend Overlook.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Watford City travel planner.

Traveling by car from Medora to Watford City takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Watford City. August in Watford City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Watford City

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
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.