Individuals who love vast open space with plenty of room to roam will find a Fargo to Billings road trip a great getaway. You may find yourself singing "Home on the Range" as you roll across miles of open country. There are many great places, like Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where you will want to stop and explore.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Make sure to include a stop at Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota, on your road trip from Fargo to Billings. This park on the Little Missouri River is an awesome place for a canoeing adventure in North Dakota’s Badlands. All the paved and dirt roads at this park that covers 70,000 acres are open for biking. Hikers can enjoy hiking in all three areas of this national park. If you are looking for a wilderness hiking experience, head to this park’s north unit near Watford City, North Dakota. The south unit offers many short hikes where you may spot wild horses and bison. The Elkhorn Ranch unit, where President Roosevelt chose to live after the deaths of his mother and wife, offers an interpretive trail filled with inspirational quotations about his time spent at this ranch. You can also go fishing on the Little Missouri River.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the U.S. The park contains over 10,000 hydrothermal features, like hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles, travertine terraces, and geysers. Approximately 3,900 bison live at this park, and you can often see them when hiking or while going on a scenic drive. This park covering more than 2 million acres is on top of an active super-volcano, but it has been about 70,000 years since it erupted. While many head to this park to watch Old Faithful erupt, Yellowstone is also home to a large canyon which is a great place to go hiking. While you will need a permit, you can go rafting on the Yellowstone River running through the canyon.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park near Moose, Wyoming, is located just a short distance from Yellowstone National Park. Therefore, it is easy to include both on your Fargo to Billings RV road trip. The 40-mile-long Teton Mountain range is the youngest in the Rocky Mountains. This park is home to more than 11 glaciers, which you can see on hikes. The largest is the Teton Glacier, which you can also see when driving through the park. Take in this park’s beauty by driving the 42-mile scenic loop road. The wide roads through Grand Teton are also a great place to go on a bike ride. Climbers often head to this park, and a favorite climbing location is Irene’s Arete, which is near the Meadows Campground. The portion of the Snake River running through the park is a fantastic place for a rafting trip. Do not miss the raptor programs given regularly by this park's rangers, or take advantage of one of their free historical hiking tours. Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake, or the Snake River are fantastic places to go fly-fishing.
Along with exciting national parks, be sure to save some time to visit the state parks along your road trip as well.
Grahams Island State Park
Grahams Island State Park near Devils Lake, North Dakota, is a fishing hotbed, so if you are an angler who loves to catch perch, be sure to include this stop on your road trip from Fargo to Billings. This park is home to many fishing tournaments. It is easy to launch your boat from the boat ramps. In the summer, Devils Lake is a great spot to go swimming or you can challenge your friends to a game of horseshoes or volleyball.
Cross Ranch State Park
Cross Ranch State Park on the Missouri River’s shores near Center, North Dakota, is a fantastic place to go on a canoeing or kayaking adventure. Vendors at the park will rent you the boats and provide a shuttle service back to the park. There are many miles of hiking trails, with most trails connecting to the 5,000-acre nature preserve next door.
Little Missouri State Park
Go north for about an hour to Dickinson, North Dakota, to reach Little Missouri State Park. You will want to see the dramatic landscapes caused by the Little Missouri River flowing through the North Dakota Badlands. There are over 45 miles of trails open to hikers and horseback riders. This state park, open from May to October, is a dramatic place for a picnic on your Fargo to Billings road trip.
Pirogue Island State Park
Stop in Glendive, Montana, to visit Pirogue Island State Park. This park on the Yellowstone River is a fantastic place to go fishing. In the summer, hike down the side channels if they are not flowing for some fascinating hiking, and let your inner child come out with some wading fun. Watch for bald eagles flying overhead and various mammals, including mule deer, near the trails. When the water level is higher, you will want to go kayaking and canoeing on the Yellowstone River.
Pictograph Cave State Park
See rock art up to 2,000 years old and try to decipher its meaning at Pictograph Cave State Park near Billings, Montana. Stop at the visitor center to see over 30,000 objects found from the prehistoric hunters who visited this location. Learn how researchers use scientific techniques to determine the ingredients used to create the art, which allows them to determine when the prehistoric people made them more accurately. Follow the short interpretive trail to see the three caves containing the rock art at this park.
Stop at Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota, on your road trip from Fargo to Billings. See historic buildings filled with antiques moved to this site from many different locations across the state. Visit the Writer’s Shack to learn more about the life of Louis L’Amour. This location, open from Memorial Day through the end of September, is next to the National Buffalo Museum and the World’s Largest Buffalo.
Scandanavian Heritage Park
Head north about two hours from Bismarck, North Dakota, to reach Minot, North Dakota, to visit the Scandinavian Heritage Park. See the stabbur originally constructed in Norway. This replica storehouse based on an original built in 1770 was then disassembled and shipped to Minot, where workers reassembled it. See the replica Gol Stave Church based on the one in Bygdoy Park in Oslo, Norway. The woodworking and wood-carving skills used to construct this building are amazing. Do not leave without seeing the 30-foot-tall Dala House.
Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center
Consider extending your Fargo to Billings road trip to visit the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center near Lovell, Montana. While this will add almost two hours to your road trip, you will want to learn about the herd of Colonial Spanish horses that have lived in these mountains for over 200 years. Visit with the staff to learn more about these horses, including their current location, so that you can view them for yourself.
Jamestown, North Dakota
Many campgrounds in the Jamestown area have an Old West theme, like Jamestown Campground and Frontier Fort Campground, while others, like Jamestown Dam/Lakeside Marina Campground, offer outstanding amenities. You can find Jamestown RV dump stations at Jamestown Campground, Frontier Fort Campground, and Stutsman County Park.
Bismarck, North Dakota
Like at Colonial Motel & RV Park and Hillcrest Acres Campground, the scenic beauty found at many Bismarck campgrounds will make you want to stay in this area even longer. General Sibley Park and Campground and Lewis & Clark RV Park and others invite you to explore historical settings. RV dump stations in Bismarck are available at Freeway 147 Truck Stop, A Prairie Breeze RV Park, and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.
Miles City, Montana
Enjoy wide and long camping spaces at many campgrounds in Miles City, including Big Sky Camp & RV Park and Miles City KOA Kampground. You can find RV dump stations in Miles City at Big Sky Camp & RV Park, Kum & Go, and Meadows RV Park.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Fargo to Billings, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Fargo or Billings.