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Advice - RV trip from Yellowstone to Minneapolis via ND

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Advice - RV trip from Yellowstone to Minneapolis via ND

Love some suggestions, please, on the last leg of our RV trip (2 adults, 4 great travelling kids aged 8-15) leaving West Yellowstone and with 4 days to drive back to Minneapolis via North Dakota. Am thinking of staying in Medora, but otherwise not so interested in towns, except maybe Fargo? We're Australian so all things Wild West, American Indian, historic, and nature are of great interest to all. We are travelling through SD Badlands, Black Hills, Deadwood and Cody on way to Yellowstone hence travelling north on return trip. Thank you so much.

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1. Re: Advice - RV trip from Yellowstone to Minneapolis via ND

Medora is a great choice! You don't want to miss the Medora Musical if you will be traveling in the summertime. Along I-94, you might enjoy a stop at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, Raging Rivers Water Park in Mandan, a ride on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat and a stop at the newly expanded State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck or the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown. The National Buffalo Museum features a herd of buffalo including rare albino buffalo.

The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan in Washburn are worth the drive if you are interested in history.

For more information about these sites and a list of RV parks in each town, visit our website: www.NDtourism.com.

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2. Re: Advice - RV trip from Yellowstone to Minneapolis via ND

Thank you for all of that. Certainly some ideas that will be of interest in there. Cheers, Caroline

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3. Re: Advice - RV trip from Yellowstone to Minneapolis via ND

So, going off of your comment of all things Wild West, American Indian, historic, and nature - the Little Bighorn National Monument is a slight detour off of Interstate 94 on your way to Medora. This is the final battle site for General George Armstrong Custer and his troops.

You can then visit Ft Lincoln State Park just south of Mandan, ND, on your way to Mpls. This is where Custer and the 7th Calvary were stationed before leaving to the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custer's Last Stand), so you can tie the start and finish of Custer's last campaign together. The Custer house has been rebuilt along with some blockades from the fort. I assume that there will be actors again there this summer portraying Libby Custer, the troops, etc. Ft. Lincoln SP also has rebuilt Mandan Indian lodges and a small museum. Don't think there's much at Ft. Lincoln SP concerning Lewis & Clark but they wintered near Mandan Indian villages north of there up by Washburn, ND.

Makoshika State Park just outside Glendive, MT, has some unique scenery if you have the time.

And, again, knowing that you most likely don't have enough time to squeeze everything in, you could also try to hit northern Minnesota before heading to Minneapolis. Perhaps Itasca SP might be the least challenging to fit in and you could see the headwaters of the Mississippi, northern lakes and forest and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in nearby Bemidji.

Edited: 28 March 2014, 20:35
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Thanks so much - and appreciate the bonus tips on Northern Minnesota options. IsItasca where the Missisissippi river starts? There's an Indigo Girls song with lyrics "The Mississisppi's mighty but it starts in Minnesota at a place that you can walk across with five steps down". Favourite band, favourite song. Would it be referring to Itasca?!! Cheers, Caroline

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5. Re: Advice - RV trip from Yellowstone to Minneapolis via ND

Yup - Lake Itasca is where the Mississippi begins and you can walk across on the rocks, or just wade across as it is barely knee deep there. The park there is nice and they have a concessionaire that rents bikes and kayaks and canoes.

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