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.

Buggies & Blues, Best in the West Grilll Fest, the Oldest Rodeo in the Nation. 125+ years running.
Reviewed by Jayden
on April 27, 2012
Mandan is a FRIENDLY town, and a very nice place to live!
Reviewed by schlodia
on April 26, 2012
Between the 3-4 Day Rodeo and Craftshow along with a 4th of July Parade and all the historical and places to visit within a few hours drive, this place is just the place to be around the 4th of July. We have the State Capitol across the river, the Badlands at Medora with Teddy Roosevelt's house, the International Peace Gardens on the northern border with Canada, and the Garrison Dam. Even Mount Rushmore is within a few hours drive.
Reviewed by mvstinar
on April 26, 2012
Don't discount No Dakota.... Go Sioux
Reviewed by teetimes
on April 26, 2012
Mandan creates memorable and truly patriotic moments annually during their 4th of July Celebration. From the rodeo and parade to Art in the Park, Mandan is Americana at its best! Classic American traditions continue throughout the year with car shows, bandshell concerts and more. Well worth a visit.
Reviewed by dotfrank
on April 26, 2012
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