30 days in North Dakota Itinerary

30 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Fargo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Forks
— 3 nights
Drive
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Devils Lake
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bismarck
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bowman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Watford City
— 1 night
Drive
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Bottineau
— 1 night
Drive
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Minot
— 5 nights
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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Bagg Bonanza Farm and The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm. Explore Fargo's surroundings by going to Fort Ransom State Park (in Fort Ransom), Dakota Magic Casino (in Hankinson) and Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site (in Abercrombie). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company, appreciate the history behind Wahpeton Wahpper - World's Largest Catfish, walk around Lindenwood Park, and see the interesting displays at Roger Maris Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fargo day trip app.

New York City to Fargo is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Fargo, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Forks.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trips

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like University of North Dakota and Flood Memorial Monument. Step out of Grand Forks with an excursion to Icelandic State Park in Cavalier--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: join the crowd at River Cities Speedway, admire the masterpieces at North Dakota Museum of Art, tee off at King's Walk Golf Course, and take an in-depth tour of Grand Forks County Historical Society Myra Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Forks trip planning app.

Drive from Fargo to Grand Forks in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Forks can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Devils Lake.
Nature · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Devils Lake — 2 nights

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the activities along Devils Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Grahams Island State Park, and then get outside with Perch Patrol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Spirit Lake Casino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Totten State Historic Site.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Devils Lake online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Forks to Devils Lake takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jamestown.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Jamestown — 2 nights

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at Jamestown Speedway, examine the collection at Barnes County Historical Society, and then take in the views from Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jamestown tour planner.

You can drive from Devils Lake to Jamestown in 2 hours. In November in Jamestown, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 20°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bismarck.
Museums
Side Trip

Bismarck — 5 nights

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Explore hidden gems such as Gateway to Science and Fort Mandan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bismarck: Cross Ranch State Park (in Center), Assumption Abbey (in Richardton) and The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (in Washburn). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, appreciate the history behind Buffalo Statue, play a few rounds at Hawktree Golf Club, and contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bismarck day trip planning app.

Getting from Jamestown to Bismarck by car takes about 2 hours. November in Bismarck sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bowman.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Bowman — 3 nights

Bowman is a city and county seat of Bowman County, North Dakota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maah Daah Hey Trail and Harold Schafer Heritage Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Bowman: Medora (Chateau de Mores State Historic Site & Theodore Roosevelt National Park) and Enchanted Highway (in Regent). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Pioneer Trails Regional Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bowman trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Bowman takes 3 hours. Traveling from Bismarck to Bowman, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Bowman sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt National Park — 3 nights

Theodore Roosevelt National Park displays Great Plains wildlife such as bison, wild horses, elk, big horn sheep, and prairie dogs in a mixed landscape of expansive prairie and craggy badlands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oxbow Overlook and Buckhorn Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Prairie Fire Pottery in Beach (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caprock-Coulee Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of South Unit, take a memorable drive along Petrified Forest Loop, and wander the wide-open spaces of Elkhorn Ranch Site.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Theodore Roosevelt National Park trip planner.

Drive from Bowman to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 1.5 hours. November in Theodore Roosevelt National Park sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Watford City.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Watford City — 1 night

Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. On the 25th (Thu), get great views at Longhorn Pullout, take in the awesome beauty at River Bend Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cannonball Concretions Pullout.

Plan a Watford City trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Watford City is just a stone's throw from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Bottineau.
Nature · Parks

Bottineau — 1 night

Bottineau is a city in Bottineau County, North Dakota, United States. On the 26th (Fri), walk around Tommy Turtle Statue, then admire the majestic nature at Lake Metigoshe State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bottineau Winter Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bottineau journey planner.

You can drive from Watford City to Bottineau in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Watford City in November: highs in Bottineau hover around 36°F, while lows dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Minot.
Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Nature

Minot — 5 nights

Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dakota Territory Air Museum and Fort Stevenson State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minot: Lake Sakakawea State Park (in Mercer), Rugby (Geographical Center of North America, Prairie Village Museum, &more) and Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (in Kenmare). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Dakota Square Mall, let the kids burn off some steam at Oak Park, get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and stroll through Riverwalk of Minot.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Minot day trip planning website.

You can drive from Bottineau to Minot in 1.5 hours. November in Minot sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 20°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

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.