9 days in Minneapolis, Montana & North Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Minneapolis, Montana & North Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in Minneapolis, Montana & North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
West Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cooke City
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Medora
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Atlanta

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 9th (Tue), stroll around Minnehaha Park, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at James J. Hill House, then steep yourself in history at Historic Fort Snelling, and then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online trip itinerary builder .

Atlanta to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in August, things will get little chillier in Minneapolis: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Nickelodeon Universe
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Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
James J. Hill House ©
James J. Hill House
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling

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West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Grinnell Glacier. Step out of West Glacier with an excursion to Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park--about 42 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our West Glacier trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to West Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to West Glacier is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Minneapolis in August since evenings lows in West Glacier dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Earthquake Lake, examine the collection at Museum of the Yellowstone, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone road trip site .

Traveling by car from West Glacier to West Yellowstone takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from West Glacier in August, expect West Yellowstone to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Museum of the Yellowstone ©
Museum of the Yellowstone

1
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Cooke City

Cooke City
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cooke City tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cooke City takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: highs in Cooke City hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 38°F. You will leave for Medora on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks Outdoors Shopping
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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 16th (Tue), stroll through South Unit.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Medora trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cooke City to Medora in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Cooke City in August, things will get a bit warmer in Medora: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

South Unit
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South Unit ©
South Unit

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