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.

I love the 4th of July in Mandan. Growing up there I always felt a sense of pride for the Town and always will. The 4th of July is an amazing spectacle of food, music, family, friends and pride for our town and most of all our Country. Vote Mandan!!!!
Reviewed by Lisad
on April 23, 2012
Hands down THE mst patriotic. The entire town is on fire on the 4th, but the celebration and pride isn't limited to one day, or weekend. It's year-round.
Reviewed by Ambitiousmn
on April 23, 2012
I grew up going to the Mandan 4 of July Parade and the Jaycees Rodeo. Something to look forward to every year! Mandan is the best place on America for families!
Reviewed by vanillalatte
on April 23, 2012
I have lived in Mandan for 30+ years and the 4th of July Celebration here every year is the BEST! People come for miles around and many people who have moved away in their adult years have returned to Mandan for this celebration. It is amazing!!
Reviewed by avirowe
on April 23, 2012
I grew up in Mandan and have fond memories of the many 4th of July parades and celebrations. I look forward to coming home for this every year that it's possible as no other place does it up as much as Mandan.
Reviewed by saturngrn
on April 23, 2012
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