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 have been to numerous 4th of July celebrations over the years none of which come anywhere close to the celebration in Mandan...from the parade that originated back in the 30's or 40's....along with the long running american tradition 3 day rodeo...The Art in the Park all the events thhat surround the parade on the fourth....People come from all accross the country to celebrate the 4th of July in Mandan....
Reviewed by Flicker23ND
on April 23, 2012
Great place to live a lot of fun.
Reviewed by nress
on April 20, 2012
Mandan is where it is -
Reviewed by sandysw4
on April 20, 2012
I've Participated in the Mandan 4th of July Parade for the past 20 plus years and it is amazing to see all of the people, floats, and patriotic pride. I am proud to be from Mandan.
Reviewed by tdkelsch
on April 20, 2012
We come back home every 4th of July, it makes me feel like a kid again,
and to watch my kids pick up candy just like I did when I was little. Great town and Great People.
Reviewed by lriggs
on April 20, 2012
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