8 days in North Dakota, Montana & Minneapolis Itinerary

8 days in North Dakota, Montana & Minneapolis Itinerary

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8 days in North Dakota, Montana & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: Aberdeen
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Medora
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
2
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
West Glacier
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Aberdeen


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1
night
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House and then get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora trip itinerary maker website .

Aberdeen to Medora is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Medora are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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South Unit ©
South Unit
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook
Chateau de Mores ©
Chateau de Mores

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gardiner day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medora to Gardiner in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Medora in June; daily highs in Gardiner reach 69°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 27th (Thu), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then examine the collection at Yellowstone Historic Center.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone travel planner .

Drive from Gardiner to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

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night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Great Falls road trip app .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Great Falls hover around 76°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
St. Ann Cathedral ©
St. Ann Cathedral

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night
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake McDonald and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Start your trip to West Glacier by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Great Falls to West Glacier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in West Glacier are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in West Glacier

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake McDonald
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lake McDonald ©
Lake McDonald

2
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Mary, then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally get your game on at FlyOver America. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, engage your brain at Science Museum of Minnesota, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary app .

Getting from West Glacier to Minneapolis by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from West Glacier to Minneapolis. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from West Glacier in June, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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