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.

The parade, the rodeo, the fireworks. Mandan does the 4th of July proud, and America too.
Reviewed by Vonnie
on May 15, 2012
Best little town in America....If you have never seen our parade or experienced the patriotism on the 4th, you are truly missing out!
Reviewed by kimann4345
on May 15, 2012
Mandan rocks! Friendly people who love America!
Reviewed by fastball35
on May 15, 2012
The best place to be for the 4th. It is 3 days of pure fun and entertainment for the whole family. Mandan shows their appreciation for our military in many ways. Mandan is the home of the Veterans Memorial Cemetary. The week of the 4th the WHOLE town comes out and celebrates. Mandanites are proud to be Americans and show it all the time. I have been living away from Mandan for the last 25 years, but when I go back and tell them that I left and joined the military I get thanked by everyone for my service. I would like to go back to celebrate the 4th in Mandan. I miss the rodeo and the festival on main street. You feel safe in Mandan during the festivities. In Louisiana you don't really want ot go out and celebrate because you never know what can happen (guns are every where).
Reviewed by shansnook
on May 15, 2012
From the parade, to the rodeo, Mandan is the most patriotic!
Reviewed by hkfrey
on May 15, 2012
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