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.

Yes, Mandan has hardworking folks that really put on a celebration. If you have never been to the Fourth of July Rodeo, you don't know what you are missing. It's really great.
Reviewed by SueBalcom
on April 20, 2012
The 4th of July celebration has events that last for days. The whole city is invloved in some way. A lot for families to do and eat.
Reviewed by KellyGeiger
on April 20, 2012
The people in Mandan are very friendly, and if you have not enjoyed their 4th Of July celebration, make it a must for this year, the Rodeo is the highlight!!! Been going five years in a row now!
Reviewed by BrendaBlasiusHolen
on April 20, 2012
I grew up in Mandan and always look forward to the Fourth of July specifically! There are several times where the community comes together. The fourth of July parade is just one of the many that has come to be my favorite over the years.
Reviewed by mltait
on April 20, 2012
Never know who you will see in Mandan during the 4th, it's like a big family reunion!
Reviewed by kmeikle1
on April 19, 2012
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