8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

8 days in North Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Dakota trip builder

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Bismarck
— 1 night
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Medora
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minot
— 1 night
Drive
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Jamestown
— 1 night
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Fargo
— 1 night
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Bismarck

— 1 night
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 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Keelboat Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, and then explore the activities along Missouri River. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, then pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, and finally let little ones run wild at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bismarck driving holiday planning tool.

Kansas City to Bismarck is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Medora

— 3 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at South Unit. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The adventure continues: get great views at Badlands Overlook, examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Medora online holiday builder.

You can drive from Bismarck to Medora in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Bismarck to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Medora, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Minot.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): walk around Scandinavian Heritage Park, meet the residents at Roosevelt Park Zoo, and then learn about all things military at Dakota Territory Air Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Minot trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Medora to Minot takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Minot. In May, daytime highs in Minot are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Minot

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Jamestown

— 1 night
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village, see the interesting displays at National Buffalo Museum, and then examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jamestown holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Minot to Jamestown takes 3 hours. May in Jamestown sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums

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 30th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo and then examine the collection at Roger Maris Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fargo trip planner.

You can drive from Jamestown to Fargo in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

North Dakota travel guide

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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.