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.

Since before its founding as a city in 1881, the annual celebration of America's independence started in 1879 and has become a mainstay through the years and generations alike. This day still, Mandan (especially during the Independence Day Celebration and Annual Rodeo Days) serves as the place of remembrance, reflection, honor and community. This is a dynamic that every person that has ever visited Mandan WILL experience; whether the visit is one day, one week or evolved into permanent residence for the remainder of their life.
Mandan personifies community and Americanism!
Reviewed by roscoep
on May 9, 2012
SO patriotic....from the ginormous Independence Day Parade, to the yard ornaments, to the motorcycle clubs...NO ONE is more patriotic than Mandan, North Dakota.
Reviewed by LaurenGray
on May 9, 2012
I grew up here, but I still love to come to home over the 4th. From the art festivals to the rodeo to the live music to the parade to the fireworks displays... nothing beats this party!
Reviewed by rachelab
on May 9, 2012
Great pictures of an incredible July 4 Parade!
Reviewed by metwo
on May 9, 2012
Mandan is the best place to live and raise kids.
Reviewed by hamen1
on May 9, 2012
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