45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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45 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Grand Forks
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Dunseith
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Minot
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Williston
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Regent
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Bismarck
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Jamestown
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Fargo
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turtle River State Park and Icelandic State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Devils Lake and King's Walk Golf Course. Go for a jaunt from Grand Forks to Pembina to see Pembina State Museum about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at River Cities Speedway, walk around Memorial Park, look for gifts at Widman's Candy Shop, and appreciate the history behind Flood Memorial Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Forks trip tool .

New York City to Grand Forks is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Grand Forks at 73°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dunseith.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pembina State Museum, Turtle River State Park, Devils Lake, Icelandic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Icelandic State Park ©
Icelandic State Park
Turtle River State Park ©
Turtle River State Park
Devils Lake ©
Devils Lake

4
nights
Dunseith

Dunseith ©
Dunseith is a city in Rolette County, North Dakota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Metigoshe State Park and Prairie Village Museum. Explore Dunseith's surroundings by going to Bottineau (Tommy Turtle Statue & Bottineau Winter Park), Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino (in Belcourt) and Rugby (Northern Lights Tower, Geographical Center of North America, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at International Peace Garden and make a trip to W'eel Turtle.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dunseith online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Grand Forks to Dunseith in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Forks in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Dunseith, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Minot.

Things to do in Dunseith

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rugby, Bottineau, Sky Dancer Hotel and Casino
Highlights from your plan
Lake Metigoshe State Park ©
Lake Metigoshe State Park
Tommy Turtle Statue ©
Tommy Turtle Statue
Prairie Village Museum ©
Prairie Village Museum

5
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Sakakawea State Park. Get in touch with nature at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Riverwalk of Minot. Take a break from Minot with a short trip to Fort Stevenson State Park in Garrison, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at North Dakota State Fair Center, stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, get to know the resident critters at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum & Magic City Express.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Minot vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Dunseith to Minot takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Williston.

Things to do in Minot

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Sakakawea State Park, Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Stevenson State Park, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Highlights from your plan
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge ©
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Sakakawea State Park ©
Lake Sakakawea State Park

5
nights
Williston

Williston ©
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Bend Overlook and Crow Flies High Butte. Step out of the city life by going to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Bully Pulpit Golf Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Williston: Prairie Fire Pottery (in Beach), Cannonball Concretions Pullout (in Watford City) and Lewis and Clark Trail Museum (in Alexander). The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Links of North Dakota, steep yourself in history at Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, appreciate the history behind Sitting Bull, and take some stellar pictures from Badlands Overlook.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Williston trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Minot to Williston by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Williston, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Things to do in Williston

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Visiting South Unit and Petrified Forest Loop will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oxbow Overlook and Buckhorn Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Old Post Office in Grassy Butte (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at North Unit. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Peaceful Valley, hike along Caprock-Coulee Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, and get a taste of life in the country at Elkhorn Ranch Site.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Theodore Roosevelt National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Williston to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. September in Theodore Roosevelt National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Regent.

Things to do in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Old Post Office
Highlights from your plan
Petrified Forest Loop ©
Petrified Forest Loop
Oxbow Overlook ©
Oxbow Overlook
Caprock-Coulee Trail ©
Caprock-Coulee Trail

4
nights
Regent

Regent ©
Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. Step out of Regent to go to Richardton and see Assumption Abbey, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Enchanted Highway.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Regent online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Regent takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Regent

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Assumption Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Highway ©
Enchanted Highway
Assumption Abbey ©
Assumption Abbey

5
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Visiting Cross Ranch State Park and Hawktree Golf Club will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as McDowell Dam Nature Park and West River Community Center. Step out of Bismarck to go to Dickinson and see Dickinson Museum Center, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park, pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, stroll around General Sibley Park & Campground, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bismarck trip maker .

Getting from Regent to Bismarck by car takes about 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Regent to Bismarck. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Mandan, Dickinson, Cross Ranch State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park
Hawktree Golf Club ©
Hawktree Golf Club
Universal Playground/ Eagles Park ©
Universal Playground/ Eagles Park

5
nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Ransom State Park and Lake Hoskins. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Beaver Lake State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Jamestown: Fort Totten State Historic Site (in Fort Totten), Grahams Island State Park (in Devils Lake) and Valley City (Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, Barnes County Historical Society, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint James Basilica, and get engrossed in the history at Frontier Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jamestown trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Jamestown takes 2 hours. In October in Jamestown, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Jamestown

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valley City, Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Totten State Historic Site, Beaver Lake State Park, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Fort Ransom State Park ©
Fort Ransom State Park
Grahams Island State Park ©
Grahams Island State Park
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve ©

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 Edgewood Golf and Rose Creek Golf Course. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lindenwood Park and Scheels Arena. Get out of town with these interesting Fargo side-trips: Wahpeton (Chahinkapa Zoo & Wahpeton Wahpper - World's Largest Catfish) and Bagg Bonanza Farm (in Mooreton). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo, contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville USA, take in the views from Veterans memorial bridge, and gain insight at North Dakota State University.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fargo trip app .

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Fargo takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Fun & Games Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Wahpeton, Bagg Bonanza Farm
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Golf ©
Edgewood Golf
Scheels Arena ©
Scheels Arena
Lindenwood Park ©
Lindenwood Park

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