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.

Reviewed by CATERcluse
on May 15, 2012
Best place to celebrate 4th of July. Great weather, people and food!
Reviewed by ErikaL1203
on May 15, 2012
I couldn't imagine spending the 4th of July anywhere else!
Reviewed by Ilovetherayne
on May 15, 2012
Nothing compares to Mandan on the 4th of July. From the parade to Art in the Park to the rodeo and the fireworks display, nobody can top us! I've spent one 4th away from my hometown and it was absolutally not the same!!! There hasn't been a single town I've been to that is as friendly and patriotic as Mandan.
Reviewed by ArmyWife701
on May 14, 2012
The North Dakota Veterans Cemetary is located in Mandan, North Dakota. It is located next to the Missouri River just north of Fort Lincoln. Mandan acknowledges the men and women who have served in the military during rodeos, parades, and all public events. Their support of the troops is easily observed and heard if you attend a public event in this city.
Reviewed by TonyScheerz
on May 14, 2012
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