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

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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), take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, don't miss a visit to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of James J. Hill House, then steep yourself in history at Historic Fort Snelling, and then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

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Atlanta to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Atlanta in August, with highs in Minneapolis at 81°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Grinnell Glacier. Change things up with a short trip to Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park (about 42 minutes away).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our West Glacier itinerary planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to West Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Minneapolis in August, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Tours Adventure

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

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, appreciate the extensive heritage of Museum of the Yellowstone, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone road trip website .

You can drive from West Glacier to West Yellowstone in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from West Glacier in August; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 75°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Historic Sites Parks 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
night
Cooke City

Cooke City
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cooke City trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cooke City takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, you will find days in Cooke City are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). You will leave for Medora on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Cooke City

Outdoors Parks Shopping
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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through South Unit.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Medora route 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) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

South Unit
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South Unit ©
South Unit

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