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.

Growing up in this town makes you appreciate being free. I love the celebration the entire town participates. There is no place like home, especially that time of year.
Reviewed by hills08
on April 23, 2012
Greatest 4th of July!
Reviewed by Tmwalters
on April 23, 2012
The best parade!!! The funiest, friendliest,best food. Always a great 4 th
Reviewed by donnawanna56
on April 23, 2012
I've lived here my whole life and it's somewhere that I will always call "home". You always feel welcome wherever you go. There's always a smile or a friendly "hello" or "how are you?". :-)
Reviewed by ctausendesgw
on April 23, 2012
I grew up in Mandan. I moved away as a young adult but I always bring my kids back to celebrate the Fourth of July!
Reviewed by TammyRumpelVaughan
on April 23, 2012
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