8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

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Medora — 2 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Take a break from Medora with a short trip to Little Missouri National Grassland in Watford City, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at South Unit. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Medora attractions planner.

New Orleans to Medora is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from New Orleans to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for cooler nights in Medora, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Minot.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Minot — 1 night

Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): meet the residents at Roosevelt Park Zoo and then walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Minot online trip maker.

Getting from Medora to Minot by car takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Minot. In July, daily temperatures in Minot can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bismarck.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Bismarck — 2 nights

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building and then stop by North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo, and then explore the activities along Missouri River.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bismarck trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Minot to Bismarck takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bismarck are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jamestown.
Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums
Side Trip

Jamestown — 1 night

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jamestown trip planning site.

Getting from Bismarck to Jamestown by car takes about 2 hours. July in Jamestown sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Fargo — 1 night

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 10th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo and then contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fargo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Fargo takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
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North Dakota travel guide

National Parks · History Museums · Performances
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.