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.

Love Mandan. The people are friendly and there is lots to do. If you want to see what a real hometown parade is, head to Mandan on July 4
Reviewed by Codfish
on May 16, 2012
The rodeo is exciting, even if you're not a typical rodeo fan, and then on the night of the 4th, the sky lights up with fireworks from the rodeo grounds. Add in the 1000's of people all around the outside of the rodeo arena also lighting fireworks and it is truely unbelievable. The music plays as the show goes on and it really hits you that this is the BEST place to be on the most patriotic day in America, my hometown.... MANDAN.
Reviewed by mcnally911
on May 16, 2012
No better 4th of July celebration in the country, and I have been to many.
Reviewed by Ghostoth
on May 16, 2012
In over 16 years my family and I have never missed a Fourth of July Parade in Mandan. I never go out of town at that time of the year because I know MANY MANY classmates who have moved away are coming back to Mandan for the Fourth!! God Bless America!!
Reviewed by LisaLeingang
on May 16, 2012
Beautiful, clean, friendly, homie!
Reviewed by Savageguppy
on May 16, 2012
Showing 71 through 75 of 213 reviews



Add a Photo

You must be logged in to add photos.

Write a Review

Close ×

Vote for

You can only vote once for each town every 24 hours. You can vote again in

Vote for 2013 Best Small Town


Are you a DMO or CVB?
Explore "Best Town Travels" – Rand McNally’s new map-based digital travel guides for your website plus an iPhone and Facebook app! Learn More


Thank you for Voting!

Promote , by sharing your vote or writing a review.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter or Write a Review