30 days in North Dakota Itinerary

30 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota trip planner
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Fargo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Forks
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jamestown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bismarck
— 6 nights
Drive
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Medora
— 4 nights
Drive
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Watford City
— 2 nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Bagg Bonanza Farm and Edgewood Golf. Change things up with these side-trips from Fargo: Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site (in Abercrombie) and Wahpeton Wahpper - World's Largest Catfish (in Wahpeton). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Drekker Brewing Company, examine the collection at Roger Maris Museum, let little ones run wild at Lindenwood Park, and contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fargo trip builder website.

New York City to Fargo is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Fargo. When traveling from New York City in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Fargo, with highs around 40°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Forks.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Grand Forks — 5 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like University of North Dakota and North Dakota Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Forks side-trips: Devils Lake (Devils Lake & Grahams Island State Park) and Icelandic State Park (in Cavalier). And it doesn't end there: join the crowd at River Cities Speedway, stop by Widman's Candy Shop, play a few rounds at King's Walk Golf Course, and pause for some photo ops at Flood Memorial Monument.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Forks trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fargo to Grand Forks by car takes about 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 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Jamestown.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Jamestown — 3 nights

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Ransom State Park and Barnes County Historical Society. Go for a jaunt from Jamestown to Valley City to see Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Jamestown Speedway, examine the collection at National Buffalo Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Frontier Village.

Plan trip to Jamestown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Grand Forks to Jamestown takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Jamestown are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Bismarck.
Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Bismarck — 6 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 Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site. Explore Bismarck's surroundings by going to Assumption Abbey (in Richardton), The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (in Washburn) and Cross Ranch State Park (in Center). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Laughing Sun Brewing Co., steep yourself in history at On-A-Slant Village, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bismarck travel planning website.

Drive from Jamestown to Bismarck in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Bismarck can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Medora.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Medora — 4 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Maah Daah Hey Trail and Harold Schafer Heritage Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medora: Pioneer Trails Regional Museum (in Bowman) and Elkhorn Ranch Site (in Theodore Roosevelt National Park). The adventure continues: stop by Prairie Fire Pottery, cruise along Petrified Forest Loop, get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, and see the interesting displays at Billings County Court House Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Medora trip planner.

You can drive from Bismarck to Medora in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bismarck to Medora is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Medora are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Watford City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Watford City — 2 nights

Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Oxbow Overlook and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at River Bend Overlook. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Cannonball Concretions Pullout and then stroll through Caprock-Coulee Trail.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Watford City day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Medora to Watford City takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Medora to Watford City is 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Watford City are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Minot.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

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 Square Mall and Lake Metigoshe State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Sakakawea State Park (in Mercer), Fort Stevenson State Park (in Garrison) and Prairie Village Museum (in Rugby). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Oak Park, stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and get in on the family fun at North Dakota State Fair Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Minot journey app.

Traveling by car from Watford City to Minot takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in November, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games
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.