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 Rodeo Days assists charities that support military veterans and their families. Each July 3 rodeo is designated “Patriot Night.” Rodeo spectators wear red, white and blue to show support for the U.S. military and participate in the fundraising activities at the rodeo including
helping to “fill the barrel” with cash, buy raffle tickets and bid on auction items to help raise money for charities that support military veterans and their families. All net proceeds from these activities in 2012 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Mandan Rodeo Committee and its fans have helped raise $11,000 in the past two years for the Salute America’s Heroes Coalition, Service Dogs of America and Soldier Angels.
Reviewed by ehuber
on June 8, 2012
Spent a week in area. Fortunate to have seen Mandan's July 4th parade and "flea market." Parade was best my wife and I have ever seen
Reviewed by TomO
on June 8, 2012
Best place to be on the 4th! Patriotic , fun, music, beer gardens, arts and crafts, rodeo , etc etc
Reviewed by Dmkrudnick
on June 4, 2012
I have relatives in Mandan, have been to several of the 4th of July parades, they are awesome.
Reviewed by frankmeek53
on June 4, 2012
4th of July week is not to be can enjoy rodeo at its best, parade and art and crafts in Mandan's park on Main St. and fireworks after the evening rodeo finals.. Lots to do and see, not to mention great food vendors for all tastes..... Great fun for the family all around town. :-)
Reviewed by PatRx
on June 4, 2012
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