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.

Mandan is a North Dakota treasure. It's a wonderful town to grow up in and raise a family. And I'm going back home to Mandan as soon as I retire.
Reviewed by rickcop44
on September 17, 2012
Mandan has so much to offer for the entire family. The Independence Day Parade and Street Festival are amazing every year. In addition, Art In The Park, the Rodeo, the Doll and Pet Parade for kids and the Bike Parade for kids ensure a great event for the entire family. The 4th of July is a sea of red, white and blue clothing lining all of Main Street and Memorial Highway. The most touching thing I see is the standing ovation the crowd gives when the National Guard and Army come by in the Parade. To me that is proof that Mandan is the Most Patriotic Town.
Reviewed by tshirtlady
on September 17, 2012
Mandan is the most wonderful town to grow up in. The 4th of July parade is like no other. I'm very proud to say I'm from Mandan.
Reviewed by sdesplinter
on September 17, 2012
Just one of those all-American places I visited during the Lewis & Clark bicentennial that really made an impression with me.
Reviewed by Teddy
on September 17, 2012
Mandan is bordered by the Missouri River to the east, Fort Abraham Lincoln and the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to the South, the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway to the West and the Lewis and Clark trail to the north. These alone make Mandan an amazing place to visit and live. However, what everyone remembers are the celebrations and the events that honor this great country. Mandan is simply the place to be on Independence Day
Reviewed by ali222
on September 17, 2012
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