Mandan, North Dakota
2013 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ends: September 3, 2013
3555 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
32 Votes - "Friendliest"
13 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
2 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
Mandan takes their slogan, “Where the West Begins,” very seriously. The town started out as the village of the Mandan tribe and hosted Lewis & Clark on their journey. See the keelboat the explorers crossed the Missouri River with, Fort Yates and Double Ditch Indian Village where they passed through, and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
If it is patriotism you are looking for, be sure to visit the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, which is dedicated to those who have served our country in every branch of the military. The cemetery is located in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where you can also find a reconstructed version of the former Fort Abraham Lincoln, the Custer House, and the reconstructed On-a-Slant Village for a look back into the Mandan tribe that once inhabited this land.
Visitors can also explore a zoo, art depot, and Native American reservations and landmarks. Mandan offers plenty of dining and shopping and outdoor recreation from camping, hunting and fishing to winter sports and a waterpark. Take advantage of golfing, kayaking, sledding, skiing or snowboarding.
With several community events each year, the most unique is Mandan Rodeo Days every 4th of July, voted the “Best Community Celebration.” Enjoy broncos, art, fireworks and the state’s longest parade. Find out more about where the West begins in Mandan’s reviews.
- Mandan is a great place to live, lots of activities, and the best 4th of July celebration I have ever been a part of!!
- on June 1, 2012
- One of America's best kept secrets!
- on June 1, 2012
- I love this town. The community feeling, especially on the 4th of July, is second to none. I love the Bandshell, apple pie, chevrolet all-american atmosphere. Go, Mandan ND.
- on May 31, 2012
- BORN AND RAISED! Gotta love the Mandan 4th events!
- on May 29, 2012
- Mandan is GREAT and PATRIOTIC
- on May 24, 2012