17 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Medora
— 2 nights
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Regent
— 1 night
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Minot
— 2 nights
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Bismarck
— 4 nights
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Jamestown
— 1 night
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Grand Forks
— 3 nights
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Fargo
— 3 nights
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Medora — 2 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at South Unit. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Badlands Overlook, appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, and play a few rounds at Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Medora day trip planner.

El Paso to Medora is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, Medora is much colder than El Paso - with highs of 58°F and lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Regent.
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Regent — 1 night

Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Enchanted Highway.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Regent trip planning website.

You can drive from Medora to Regent in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 33°F. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Minot.
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Minot — 2 nights

Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. On the 19th (Thu), walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and then hike along Riverwalk of Minot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Dakota Square Mall, brush up on your military savvy at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and then stroll around Oak Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Minot trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Regent to Minot in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Regent to Minot, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Minot can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bismarck.
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Bismarck — 4 nights

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bismarck: Salem Sue (in New Salem) and Washburn (Fort Mandan State Historic Site & Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC)). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, grab your bike and head to Keelboat Park, get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, and steep yourself in history at On-A-Slant Village.

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You can drive from Minot to Bismarck in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Bismarck can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jamestown.
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Jamestown — 1 night

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Jamestown road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Jamestown takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Jamestown are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Forks.
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Grand Forks — 3 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. Change things up with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site in Cooperstown (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: gain insight at University of North Dakota, make a splash at Splasher's of the South Seas, stop by Widman's Candy Shop, and join the crowd at River Cities Speedway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Forks trip itinerary website.

Drive from Jamestown to Grand Forks in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fargo.
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Fargo — 3 nights

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. When in Fargo, make a side trip to see Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site in Abercrombie, approximately Abercrombie away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum, relax in the rural setting at Red River Zoo, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville, and sample the tasty concoctions at Drekker Brewing Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fargo trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Grand Forks to Fargo in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fargo can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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North Dakota travel guide

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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.
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