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 great place to raise children and enjoy the various festivities throughout the year. The 4th of July is perhaps the biggest celebration in the area every year. The parade is planned for months in advance.
Reviewed by sgtsmestad
on June 4, 2012
Love Mandan. What a great town!
Reviewed by brreems
on June 4, 2012
I love going to Art in the Park during the 4th of July festivities and I have watched the Parade in person, on TV and I have walked in the parade. Mandan is VERY Patriotic!
Reviewed by marysplichal
on June 1, 2012
Mandan is a great place and has so many historic attractions and an amazing celebration on the 4th of July!
Reviewed by MelissaRaugust
on June 1, 2012
Mandan has great activities for the whole family the entire week of the fourth.
Reviewed by chantelschaf
on June 1, 2012
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