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.

Go Mandan!!!!!!!!! Best small town ever!!!!!!!!!!! N.
Reviewed by NicoleFrohlich
on May 16, 2012
Mandan is a small town with big ideas! Our town not only is "Where the West Begins", but "Where the Best Begins" in education. It has a small town business district with many unique shops. Don't forget to come to Mandan for the BEST Fourth of July you've ever had.. from a rodeo, to Art in the Park, to a fantastic Parade on the Fourth of July,but wait until dark where the sky lights up with fireworks in all directions!!!
Reviewed by conlofay
on May 16, 2012
good place to grow up....
Reviewed by mark j dove
on May 16, 2012
I am proud to have grown up in Mandan!
Reviewed by reneeann
on May 16, 2012
Come here on the 4th and you'll understand. :) It's beautiful.
Reviewed by ShainaH
on May 15, 2012
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