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.

Best of everything good in life.
Reviewed by JTASMP
on August 26, 2013
Mandan is the hometown of my grandparents. I've been coming back to the 4th of July Celebration for Years . . . This town is second to none when it comes to being the MOST PATIOTIC small town in this great nation of ours
Reviewed by JohnV
on August 26, 2013
Everyone that I know from other states go on about Mandan's 4th of July Celebration......It's 2nd to none....
Reviewed by MacAttck22nd
on August 19, 2013
I grew up in Mandan and loved every minute of it! The 4th of July Parade plus all the festivities that go along with it is the best I have ever seen! The town is small enough to be friendly and fun, but also big enough for tons of activities! The people are great and the city is welcoming. The home of ND Veteran's Cemetery and Ft Lincoln State Park!
Reviewed by dmarback
on August 15, 2013
I grew up in Mandan and it was the best place ever!!! Friendly people, small town where everybody knew everyone, the best 4th of July's ever spent, rodeos, parades and firework displays!!!!!
Reviewed by Ron_Eileen_Geiger@MSN .com
on August 12, 2013
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