18 days in North Dakota Itinerary

18 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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18 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Bismarck
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Medora
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Williston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Minot
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Grand Forks
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Fargo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Jamestown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Dakota Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, then take an in-depth tour of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Laughing Sun Brewing Co..

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bismarck road trip app .

Phoenix to Bismarck is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Phoenix to Bismarck, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in August, with highs in Bismarck at 82°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Mandan
Highlights from your plan
The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park ©
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

3
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of South Unit, examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, look for gifts at Prairie Fire Pottery, and take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Medora trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Bismarck to Medora in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bismarck in August, Medora is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Williston.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Prairie Fire Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
South Unit ©
South Unit
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

3
nights
Williston

Williston ©
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Williston: Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit & Buckhorn Trail) and Watford City (Cannonball Concretions Pullout & River Bend Overlook). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Union Trading Post, appreciate the history behind Sitting Bull, and gain insight at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Williston travel planner .

Traveling by car from Medora to Williston takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Williston. August in Williston sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Minot.

Things to do in Williston

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Watford City, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Highlights from your plan
North Unit ©
North Unit
Fort Union Trading Post ©
Fort Union Trading Post
River Bend Overlook ©
River Bend Overlook

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. On the 14th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Roosevelt Park Zoo, stroll through Scandinavian Heritage Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Dakota Square Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Railroad Museum & Magic City Express, let the kids burn off some steam at Oak Park, and then see the interesting displays at Dakota Territory Air Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Minot trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Williston to Minot by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Minot are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scandinavian Heritage Park ©
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Roosevelt Park Zoo ©
Roosevelt Park Zoo
Dakota Territory Air Museum ©
Dakota Territory Air Museum

3
nights
Grand Forks

Grand Forks ©
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. Go for a jaunt from Grand Forks to Cooperstown to see Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Ralph Engelstad Arena, look for gifts at Widman's Candy Shop, cool off at Splasher's of the South Seas, and pause for some photo ops at Flood Memorial Monument.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Forks vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Minot to Grand Forks in 3.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Forks can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Ralph Engelstad Arena ©
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Splasher's of the South Seas ©
Splasher's of the South Seas
Widman's Candy Shop ©
Widman's Candy Shop

3
nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Fargo is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Newman Outdoor Field, explore the world behind art at Plains Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Fargo Air Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fargo route app .

Drive from Grand Forks to Fargo in 1.5 hours. August in Fargo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo
Bonanzaville USA ©
Bonanzaville USA
Newman Outdoor Field ©
Newman Outdoor Field

1
night
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. On the 22nd (Thu), examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint James Basilica, then see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Frontier Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jamestown trip builder .

You can drive from Fargo to Jamestown in 2 hours. August in Jamestown sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Buffalo Museum ©
National Buffalo Museum
Stutsman County Memorial Museum ©
Stutsman County Memorial Museum
Saint James Basilica ©
Saint James Basilica

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