16 days in North Dakota Itinerary

16 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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16 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Bismarck
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Regent
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Medora
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kenmare
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Minot
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Coleharbor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Saint Michael
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Fargo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll around General Sibley Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Custer House, have fun at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park, and then identify plant and animal life at McDowell Dam Nature Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bismarck trip builder website .

Chicago to Bismarck is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bismarck, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Regent.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Mandan
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General Sibley Park ©
General Sibley Park
Hawktree Golf Club ©
Hawktree Golf Club
Former Governor's Mansion ©
Former Governor's Mansion

1
night
Regent

Regent ©
Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): cruise along Enchanted Highway.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Regent road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Regent takes 2 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bismarck to Regent due to the time zone difference. In July in Regent, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Medora.

Things to do in Regent

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Enchanted Highway ©
Enchanted Highway

3
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Visiting South Unit and River Bend Overlook will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oxbow Overlook and Caprock-Coulee Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medora: Peaceful Valley (in Theodore Roosevelt National Park) and Cannonball Concretions Pullout (in Watford City). The adventure continues: cruise along Little Missouri National Grassland, look for gifts at Prairie Fire Pottery, and contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Medora road trip website .

Getting from Regent to Medora by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Kenmare.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Watford City, Prairie Fire Pottery
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Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
Caprock-Coulee Trail ©
Caprock-Coulee Trail
River Bend Overlook ©
River Bend Overlook

1
night
Kenmare

Kenmare
Kenmare is a city in Ward County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): cruise along Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kenmare day trip planning app .

You can drive from Medora to Kenmare in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Kenmare, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Kenmare

Nature Parks Outdoors

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at Oak Park, then see the interesting displays at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and then examine the collection at Railroad Museum & Magic City Express. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and then hike along Riverwalk of Minot.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Minot planning tool .

You can drive from Kenmare to Minot in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Minot are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coleharbor.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Oak Park ©
Oak Park
Dakota Territory Air Museum ©
Dakota Territory Air Museum
Scandinavian Heritage Park ©
Scandinavian Heritage Park

1
night
Coleharbor

Coleharbor ©
Coleharbor is a city in McLean County, North Dakota in the United States. On the 6th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Lake Sakakawea State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coleharbor online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Minot to Coleharbor in an hour. In August in Coleharbor, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saint Michael.

Things to do in Coleharbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Sakakawea State Park
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Lake Sakakawea State Park ©
Lake Sakakawea State Park

1
night
Saint Michael

Saint Michael ©
Saint Michael is an unincorporated community in southeastern Benson County, North Dakota, United States, on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, then contemplate the long history of Fort Totten State Historic Site, and then try your luck at Spirit Lake Casino.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Michael trip planning website .

Drive from Coleharbor to Saint Michael in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Saint Michael

Fun & Games Parks Casinos

Side Trip

Fort Totten State Historic Site
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Sullys Hill National Game Preserve ©
Fort Totten State Historic Site ©
Fort Totten State Historic Site
Spirit Lake Casino ©
Spirit Lake Casino

4
nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Discover out-of-the-way places like Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and Fort Ransom State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Bluestem Prairie Preserve and Edgewood Golf. Get out of town with these interesting Fargo side-trips: Detroit Lakes (Shady Hollow Flea Market & Detroit Mountain Recreation Area) and Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway (in Valley City). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Peak and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fargo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Saint Michael to Fargo in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Fargo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Detroit Lakes, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Inspiration Peak, Bluestem Prairie Preserve, Fort Ransom State Park
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Fort Ransom State Park ©
Fort Ransom State Park
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center ©
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
Inspiration Peak ©
Inspiration Peak