30 days in North Dakota Itinerary

30 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota visit planner
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Bismarck
— 4 nights
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
— 3 nights
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Watford City
— 3 nights
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Minot
— 3 nights
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Bottineau
— 3 nights
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Devils Lake
— 3 nights
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Grand Forks
— 4 nights
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Valley City
— 3 nights
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Mooreton
— 3 nights
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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Gateway to Science and Buffalo Statue. Venture out of the city with trips to Cross Ranch State Park (in Center) and Assumption Abbey (in Richardton). There's much more to do: stroll around Keelboat Park, appreciate the history behind Sakakawea Statue, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bismarck online route maker.

New York City to Bismarck is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in November, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Bismarck: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oxbow Overlook and Prairie Fire Pottery. There's lots more to do: trek along Caprock-Coulee Trail, stroll through Buckhorn Trail, wander the wide-open spaces of Elkhorn Ranch Site, and take a memorable drive along Petrified Forest Loop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Theodore Roosevelt National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Theodore Roosevelt National Park takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bismarck to Theodore Roosevelt National Park is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Theodore Roosevelt National Park are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Watford City.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Watford City — 3 nights

Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Maah Daah Hey Trail and Crow Flies High Butte. When in Watford City, make a side trip to see Lewis and Clark Trail Museum in Alexander, approximately Alexander away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at River Bend Overlook, get great views at Longhorn Pullout, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cannonball Concretions Pullout.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Watford City day trip planning app.

Watford City is just a short distance 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, daily temperatures in Watford City can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Minot.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Minot — 3 nights

Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Sakakawea State Park and Fort Stevenson State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Minot: Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (in Kenmare) and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex (in Coleharbor). The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Oak Park and find something for the whole family at North Dakota State Fair Center.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Minot online road trip planner.

You can drive from Watford City to Minot in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Minot are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bottineau.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Bottineau — 3 nights

Bottineau is a city in Bottineau County, North Dakota, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Bottineau Winter Park and Prairie Village Museum. Explore Bottineau's surroundings by going to Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino (in Belcourt) and Niewoehner Bell Tower (in Rugby). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Lake Metigoshe State Park and let little ones run wild at Tommy Turtle Statue.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bottineau trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Minot to Bottineau in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in November, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Devils Lake.
Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Casinos
Side Trips

Devils Lake — 3 nights

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Grahams Island State Park and Devils Lake. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Totten State Historic Site, head outdoors with Perch Patrol, try your luck at Spirit Lake Casino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Devils Lake journey tool.

Getting from Bottineau to Devils Lake by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Devils Lake can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Forks.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Casinos
Side Trips

Grand Forks — 4 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Cities Speedway and Pembina State Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Icelandic State Park (in Cavalier) and Fargo (Edgewood Golf & Lindenwood Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at North Dakota Museum of Art and admire the majestic nature at Turtle River State Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Forks trip planner.

You can drive from Devils Lake to Grand Forks in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Grand Forks are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Valley City.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Valley City — 3 nights

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jamestown Speedway and Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park. Get out of town with these interesting Valley City side-trips: Fort Ransom State Park (in Fort Ransom) and Stutsman County Memorial Museum (in Jamestown). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Barnes County Historical Society and take a memorable drive along Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Valley City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Forks to Valley City takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Valley City can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mooreton.
Museums · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Mooreton — 3 nights

Mooreton is a city in Richland County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Bagg Bonanza Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mooreton trip planner.

You can drive from Valley City to Mooreton in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Mooreton are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.