12 days in North Dakota, Glacier National Park & Great Lakes Bay Region Itinerary

12 days in North Dakota, Glacier National Park & Great Lakes Bay Region Itinerary

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12 days in North Dakota, Glacier National Park & Great Lakes Bay Region Itinerary

Start: East Haven
Drive:  25​h 30​min
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Bismarck
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Medora
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
3
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  28​h 15​min
4
Midland
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
End: East Haven

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Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Former Governor's Mansion, contemplate the long history of Custer House, and then appreciate the history behind Buffalo Statue.

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East Haven to Bismarck is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bismarck when traveling from East Haven in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Custer House
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Custer House ©
Custer House

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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tee off at Bully Pulpit Golf Course, then contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Little Missouri National Grassland.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Medora tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Medora takes 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bismarck in August since evenings lows in Medora dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
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Bully Pulpit Golf Course ©
Bully Pulpit Golf Course
Little Missouri National Grassland ©
Von Hoffman House ©
Von Hoffman House

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Visiting Virginia Falls and Trail of the Cedars will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St.Mary Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Glacier National Park: Glacier View Golf Club (in West Glacier) and Coram (Glacier Distilling Company & Amazing Fun Center). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's much more to do: trek along Highline Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and explore the activities along St. Mary Lake.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Medora to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Midland.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Coram, Glacier View Golf Club
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Glacier Distilling Company ©
Glacier Distilling Company
Jackson Glacier Overlook ©
Jackson Glacier Overlook
Glacier View Golf Club ©
Glacier View Golf Club

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Midland

Midland ©
Midland is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), play a few rounds at Bucks Run Golf Club and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ziibiwing Center, then trek along Chippewa Nature Center, and then trek along Midland City Forest.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Midland planning website .

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to Midland with the Route module. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Glacier National Park to Midland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, Midland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Midland

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Pleasant, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge ©
Chippewa Nature Center ©
Chippewa Nature Center
Bucks Run Golf Club ©
Bucks Run Golf Club

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