35 days in North Dakota Itinerary

35 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota journey planner
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Fly to Hector International Airport, Drive to Grand Forks
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Grand Forks
— 3 nights
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Minot
— 3 nights
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Kenmare
— 1 night
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Watford City
— 2 nights
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Medora
— 5 nights
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Bowman
— 4 nights
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Regent
— 2 nights
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Richardton
— 1 night
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Bismarck
— 5 nights
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Jamestown
— 2 nights
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Cooperstown
— 1 night
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Fargo
— 5 nights
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Forks side-trips: Sullys Hill National Game Preserve (in Saint Michael) and Grahams Island State Park (in Devils Lake). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Widman's Candy Shop, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, deepen your understanding at University of North Dakota, and explore the world behind art at North Dakota Museum of Art.

Make your Grand Forks itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Atlanta to Grand Forks is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Grand Forks is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in May, expect Grand Forks to be slightly colder, temps between 68°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Minot.
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Minot side-trips: Tommy Turtle Statue (in Bottineau), Lake Sakakawea State Park (in Mercer) and Rugby (Geographical Center of North America & Prairie Village Museum). There's much more to do: stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, brush up on your military savvy at Dakota Territory Air Museum, let little ones run wild at Oak Park, and get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Minot trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Forks to Minot in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Minot can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kenmare.
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Kenmare — 1 night

Kenmare is a city in Ward County, North Dakota, United States. On the 8th (Sat), cruise along Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kenmare journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Minot to Kenmare takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Watford City.
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Watford City — 2 nights

Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of North Unit. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Longhorn Pullout, stroll through Caprock-Coulee Trail, then trek along Oxbow Overlook, and finally take in the awesome beauty at River Bend Overlook.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Watford City trip maker site.

You can drive from Kenmare to Watford City in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Medora.
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Medora — 5 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Glendive (Makoshika Dinosaur Museum, Makoshika State Park, &more). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at South Unit. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There's much more to do: get great views at Badlands Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, and examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medora trip maker app.

You can drive from Watford City to Medora in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Watford City to Medora. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bowman.
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Bowman — 4 nights

Bowman is a city and county seat of Bowman County, North Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowman: Peaceful Valley (in Theodore Roosevelt National Park), Ekalaka (Medicine Rocks State Park & Carter County Museum) and O'Fallon Historical Museum (in Baker). There's more to do: learn more about the world around you at Pioneer Trails Regional Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bowman travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Medora to Bowman takes 1.5 hours. May in Bowman sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 37°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Regent.
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Regent — 2 nights

Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Enchanted Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Grand River Museum and then walk around Petrified Wood Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Regent online travel route planner.

Getting from Bowman to Regent by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Richardton.
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Richardton — 1 night

Richardton is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assumption Abbey.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Richardton trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Regent to Richardton by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Richardton can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Bismarck.
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Bismarck — 5 nights

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Change things up with these side-trips from Bismarck: Salem Sue (in New Salem) and Washburn (The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center & Fort Mandan). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, and contemplate the waterfront views at Missouri River.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bismarck day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Richardton to Bismarck takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Richardton to Bismarck is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Bismarck are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Jamestown.
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Jamestown — 2 nights

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village, examine the collection at National Buffalo Museum, and then examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Midland Continental Depot Transport Museum, take in the views from Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park, then examine the collection at Barnes County Historical Society, and finally take a memorable drive along Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jamestown online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bismarck to Jamestown in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cooperstown.
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Cooperstown — 1 night

Cooperstown is a city in Griggs County, North Dakota, United States. To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Cooperstown trip planner.

Drive from Jamestown to Cooperstown in 1.5 hours. May in Cooperstown sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 41°F at night. You will leave for Fargo on the 30th (Sun).
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Historic Sites

Fargo — 5 nights

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fargo: Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site (in Abercrombie) and Wahpeton (Chahinkapa Zoo & Wahpeton Wahpper - World's Largest Catfish). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo, buy something for everyone on your list at West Acres Shopping Center, have fun at Lindenwood Park, and gain insight at North Dakota State University.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fargo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Cooperstown to Fargo in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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