8 days in Minnesota & North Dakota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota & North Dakota Itinerary

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Duluth
— 2 nights
Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
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Medora
— 2 nights
Drive to Bismarck, Fly to Bloomington
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Bloomington
— 3 nights
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Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Step out of Duluth to go to Two Harbors and see Gooseberry Falls State Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, walk around Canal Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary planning website.

Richmond to Duluth is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Richmond to Duluth due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Richmond, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of South Unit.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Medora trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Duluth to Medora in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in May: highs in Medora hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Bloomington

— 3 nights
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Bloomington is known for shopping, theme parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bloomington trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Medora to Bloomington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bloomington when traveling from Medora in May, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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Minnesota travel guide

4.4
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
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.