22 days in North Dakota Itinerary

22 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota travel route builder
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Fly
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Fargo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bismarck
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Medora
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Williston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kenmare
— 1 night
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Fargo — 4 nights

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. You'll explore and learn at Red River Zoo and Roger Maris Museum. Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site and Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Fargo Air Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville, and admire the masterpieces at Plains Art Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fargo road trip planning website.

Lyon, France to Fargo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Lyon to Fargo. In September, daytime highs in Fargo are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Jamestown.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Jamestown — 2 nights

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village and then examine the collection at National Buffalo Museum. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Barnes County Historical Society and then examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Jamestown trip planner.

You can drive from Fargo to Jamestown in 2 hours. In September in Jamestown, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bismarck.
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Bismarck — 6 nights

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Get in touch with nature at Enchanted Highway and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and On-A-Slant Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bismarck: Washburn (Fort Mandan & The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo, delve into the distant past at Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Custer House, and let little ones run wild at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bismarck trip planner.

You can drive from Jamestown to Bismarck in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bismarck can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Medora.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips

Medora — 4 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Let the collections at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame capture your imagination. South Unit and Painted Canyon Overlook will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Medora to go to Watford City and see Little Missouri National Grassland, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

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Traveling by car from Bismarck to Medora takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Bismarck to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bismarck in September: highs in Medora hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Williston.
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Williston — 3 nights

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Union Trading Post and Lewis and Clark Trail Museum. Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to North Unit in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (about 1 hour away).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Williston driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Medora to Williston takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kenmare.
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Kenmare — 1 night

Kenmare is a city in Ward County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a memorable drive along Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kenmare online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Williston to Kenmare takes 2 hours. Traveling from Williston in September, you will find days in Kenmare are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
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North Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Performances
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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