32 days in North Dakota Itinerary

32 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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32 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Fargo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fort Ransom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Forks
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Devils Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Minot
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kenmare
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Watford City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bismarck
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

6
nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Escape the urban bustle at Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway and Chahinkapa Zoo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edgewood Golf and Lindenwood Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fargo: Stutsman County Memorial Museum (in Jamestown), Bagg Bonanza Farm (in Mooreton) and Valley City (Barnes County Historical Society & Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Red River Zoo, catch a live event at Scheels Arena, get your game on at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drekker Brewing Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fargo travel route planner.

New York City to Fargo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get a bit cooler in Fargo: highs are around 51°F and lows about 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Fort Ransom.

Things to do in Fargo

Outdoors Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Valley City, Bagg Bonanza Farm, Fort Abercrombie, Stutsman County Memorial Museum, Chahinkapa Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Chahinkapa Zoo ©
Chahinkapa Zoo
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo

1
night
Fort Ransom

Fort Ransom ©
Fort Ransom is a city in Ransom County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Fort Ransom State Park.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fort Ransom trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Fargo to Fort Ransom takes 1.5 hours. April in Fort Ransom sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Fort Ransom

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Ransom State Park ©
Fort Ransom State Park

5
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. Get in touch with nature at Icelandic State Park and Turtle River State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site and King's Walk Golf Course. Step out of Grand Forks to go to Pembina and see Pembina State Museum, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Ralph Engelstad Arena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Flood Memorial Monument, and explore the world behind art at North Dakota Museum of Art.

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

You can drive from Fort Ransom to Grand Forks in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Devils Lake.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Icelandic State Park, Turtle River State Park, Pembina State Museum, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Icelandic State Park ©
Icelandic State Park
Turtle River State Park ©
Turtle River State Park
King's Walk Golf Course ©
King's Walk Golf Course

2
nights
Devils Lake

Devils Lake ©
Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, steep yourself in history at Fort Totten State Historic Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Grahams Island State Park. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Spirit Lake Casino and then explore the activities along Devils Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Devils Lake trip builder site .

Drive from Grand Forks to Devils Lake in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Devils Lake can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Devils Lake

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Michael, Fort Totten State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Grahams Island State Park ©
Grahams Island State Park
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve ©
Devils Lake ©
Devils Lake

4
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. Explore hidden gems such as Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Fort Stevenson State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Metigoshe State Park and Roosevelt Park Zoo. Step out of Minot with an excursion to Lake Sakakawea State Park in Mercer--about 1h 10 min away. Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at North Dakota State Fair Center. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Scandinavian Heritage Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Minot holiday planner.

Getting from Devils Lake to Minot by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Minot, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kenmare.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Sakakawea State Park, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Fort Stevenson State Park
Highlights from your plan
Scandinavian Heritage Park ©
Scandinavian Heritage Park
Lake Sakakawea State Park ©
Lake Sakakawea State Park
Fort Stevenson State Park ©
Fort Stevenson State Park

1
night
Kenmare

Kenmare
Kenmare is a city in Ward County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kenmare online trip builder .

You can drive from Minot to Kenmare in an hour. May in Kenmare sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Watford City.

Things to do in Kenmare

Wildlife Scenic Drive Outdoors

3
nights
Watford City

Watford City ©
Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at River Bend Overlook and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannonball Concretions Pullout and Harold Schafer Heritage Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Watford City: Prairie Fire Pottery (in Beach), Little Missouri National Grassland (in Medora) and Lewis and Clark Trail Museum (in Alexander).

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Watford City trip planning site .

You can drive from Kenmare to Watford City in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Watford City are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Things to do in Watford City

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Medora, Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Prairie Fire Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Cannonball Concretions Pullout ©
Cannonball Concretions Pullout
River Bend Overlook ©
River Bend Overlook
Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

4
nights
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Petrified Forest Loop and Oxbow Overlook. Get in touch with nature at Caprock-Coulee Trail and Buckhorn Trail. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at North Unit. There's more to do: appreciate the views at Peaceful Valley and get to know the fascinating history of South Unit.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Theodore Roosevelt National Park trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Watford City to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Watford City to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
Caprock-Coulee Trail ©
Caprock-Coulee Trail
Petrified Forest Loop ©
Petrified Forest Loop

5
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cross Ranch State Park and Gateway to Science. Take a break from the city and head to Beaver Lake State Park and Hawktree Golf Club. Explore Bismarck's surroundings by going to Assumption Abbey (in Richardton) and Dickinson Museum Center (in Dickinson). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Dakota Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, grab your bike and head to Keelboat Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Laughing Sun Brewing Co..

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bismarck trip planner.

Getting from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Bismarck by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Bismarck due to the time zone difference. May in Bismarck sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Beaver Lake State Park, Cross Ranch State Park, Dickinson Museum Center, Custer House, Assumption Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Lake State Park ©
Beaver Lake State Park
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park

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