8 days in North Dakota & Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in North Dakota & Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in North Dakota & Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Medora
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Bemidji
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Two Harbors
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Wichita


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1
night
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook and then get to know the fascinating history of South Unit.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medora planning tool .

Wichita to Medora is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wichita to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wichita in July; daily highs in Medora reach 85°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Prairie Fire Pottery
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Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook
South Unit ©
South Unit
Chateau de Mores ©
Chateau de Mores

1
day
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Chippewa National Forest.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bemidji online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Medora to Bemidji takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Bemidji. When traveling from Medora in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bemidji: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chippewa National Forest
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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Chippewa National Forest ©
Chippewa National Forest

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, then view the masterpieces at Brandenburg Gallery, and finally go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ely day trip site .

Drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. July in Ely sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 9th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery, then examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Marais road trip website .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. When traveling from Ely in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Grand Marais: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park, Grand Portage National Monument
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

2
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, kick back and relax at Onyx Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Superior Hiking Trail, then enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Two Harbors trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Two Harbors takes 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Marais in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Two Harbors: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tettegouche State Park, Onyx Beach
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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

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