Bismarck Travel Guide

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Bismarck Highlights

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     Great people! 

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     Most boring architecture ANYWHERE! 

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     LOVELY LITTLE CITY WOULD GO BACK 

Bismarck Things to Do

  • See the Missouri in the free flowing...

    While visiting Bismarck, be sure to leave town and explore the highlights of the region. We found Cross Ranch State Park to be worthy of a day trip. We were following the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Cross Ranch offers an opportunity to see the river as they did. The Matah trail goes through cottonwoods next to the river offering views of a freely...

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  • Scenic Drive Along ND 1806

    Eventually, you'll tire of being in the city of Bismarck, and it's a good time to get out and see the countryside. The prairie and the badland formations are in a constant combination all around the city, and this rolling 100+ mile drive is a good few hours to see it. The trip starts at 6th Avenue in Mandan, just west of Bismarck, also known as...

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  • SINKs and DINKs

    If you live in Bismarck, there is a great group that just started up there called the SINKs and DINKs. They've got activities planned all the time and do everything. You can find their website if you do a search for their name.

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  • Bar Scene

    If you want a good time and dance to some good music each and every Friday and Saturday night in Bismarck, check out the VFW Club at 14th Street and Broadway. You won't be disappointed! See http://vfwmusic.blogspot.com to find out what is happening this month!

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  • Spend an afternoon at the Dakota Zoo

    Surprisingly good, the Dakota Zoo offers many exhibits of animals native to the prairie, but also has a good variety of other creatures. The monkey house at the zoo is a particular favorite of mine. There is also a longer "wilderness walk" (a mile or so?) that showcases the larger animals. The day I went was VERY hot, so I may have been better off...

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  • North Dakota Heritage Center

    More than just a museum of recent state political history, this place gives good information on North Dakota's Paleantological past.

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  • Dakota Zoo

    Members of this zoo for many years the kids never tire of stopping off here on our trips home to visit the grandparents.A very nice zoo with many, many animals. Lots to see and do. Take a 20 minute tour ride on one of two zoo trains and see the sights and sounds the easy way.Pop on into the gift shop - or get some ice cream at the parlor, or snacks...

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  • State Capitol building

    Based on who you talked, it might be the ugliest state capitol building... or it might be the most progressive building for its time.The building was built in 1931, it had lots of things in it that are now standard now, but were quite progressive back then. It is still the tallest building in the state.

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  • Candy Cane Lane

    Only around Christmas- Candy Cane Lane is a street that is completely decked out with Christmas lights. It is beautiful, and because my brother just got married, we got to see it from a limo!

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Bismarck Restaurants

  • Breakfast of Champions and Mountainmen

    We were drawn into trying out Bearscat for the name alone. I mean, it is such an enticing option, a bakery named bearscat, that we couldn't pass it up. Just south of I94 in north Bismarck, this little building had the most intriguing name of the entire trip.It is a large bakery inside, focusing mostly on morning donuts, rolls, muffins, and...

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  • A taste of Ireland on the prairie

    The Blarney Stone is located on the Main Street of Bismarck, right in the heart of the downtown area. It has multiple levels inside, lots of seating, as well as an enclosed patio area that overlooks the street. While it has the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub, a lot of dark wood paneling and old beer signs on the walls, it also has the...

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  • Mexican by the tracks

    Fiesta Villa is a fun place to eat. Located in the old Northern Pacific train depot (which is a beautiful railroad building, worthy of a look for its own sake), this restaurant is large, lots of indoor seating, but when the weather is nice, the back patio is a nice, secluded little space to enjoy dinner. We've been there a few times, sitting on the...

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  • Space Aliens Bar & Grill

    Where am I? Roswell, New Mexico?This Alien theme restaurant provided some decent food, in a comical 'alien' environment. It's more a place for kids, but I was amused as well. I ordered some of the ribs. The small portion tasted delicious.

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  • Meximerican in excelsis

    The co-owner is a wonderful Mexican-American lady from California and she knows what she's doing. They catered our wedding reception and we were delighted! Spot-on Mexican-American dishes in New York-sized servings. As a longtime fan of Mex and Tex/Mex cuisine, I give Los Amigos the highest possible recommendation. Check out the buffet with a...

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  • God Awful

    In homage to Bismarck's German heritage, I wanted to try some traditional German fare while I was in town. Given, what I know about German food can be written in mustard on a bratwurst. After asking around, several locals steered me toward Kroll’s, which appears to be more of a standard diner than a German eatery. The service was great, but the...

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Bismarck Nightlife

  • Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse

    Very lively nightlife spot, great music, with dance floor, in an open area that used to be a garage.Unlikely place in a place like Bismarck!Some pool tables, game room, etc... also.Theme nights regularly, bikini contest, boxer girls, Phat Tuesday party (figured the pattern here?), 1$ pizza night on Thursday, and more. Casualsometime bead necklace!

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  • WILD AND CRAZY

    SOME FRIENDS AND I WENT TO THIS BAR CALLED BUCKS, WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY USED TO BE AN AUTO GARAGE, THE PLACE IS AWESOME INSIDE AND THERE WAS A LOT OF ACTION INSIDE. PATRONS IN THE BAR WERE EASY TO TALK TO AND THE DANCE FLOOR WAS PACKED. I MUST ADMIT I GOT A LITTLE CARRIED AWAY BUT THE BOUNCERS WERE POLITE ABOUT IT . I BELIEVE BUCKS TO BE THE BEST...

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Bismarck Transportation

  • Air Flights

    The city of Bismarck recently built a new airport facility. I have not personally flew out of Bismarck in a few years, but I have heard people rate it favorably compared to flying into other airports in the United States.

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  • Public Transportation in Bismarck

    Bismarck public transit system is called the "Capital Area Transit" or CAT. Routes are available through out Bismarck and the sister city of Mandan. The buses are NOT available after 6:30 PM. There is limited route service on Saturdays and no service on Sundays. 30-day passes are available as well as per-trip fees. Fees for children and seniors are...

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Bismarck Shopping

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    a quiet mall in a quiet town

    by cochinjew Written Sep 10, 2004

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    It is situated downtown and close to the accomodations in the area. I could walk over from the hotel and nothing special but the mall had a roomy feeling to it and the people milling around but not crowded or busy..
    No Barnes and Nobles or Borders, which would have been welcome. the usual assortments of stores. Enjoyed the chinese buffet..

    What to buy: I got some shirts ( I normally do not buy shirts since my brother is in shmatta business ) but these well made cotton shirts made in India of all places were on sale. The accent of the older lady who took the money was more canadian than american

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Bismarck Local Customs

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    No trees

    by Pierre_Rouss Written Jan 17, 2005

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    There is a tough-in-cheek saying around here:
    "There is a beautiful woman behind every tree!"

    Sounds great doesn't it????

    Well look around, there are no trees! ;-)

    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • Singles
    • Beer Tasting

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Bismarck Warnings and Dangers

  • Mountain Lions

    More mountain lions are spotted in North Dakota each year. They generally stick to the countryside, but if you are hiking or camping, it is possible that you might spot one. If you spot one, back away slowly and report the sighting. Do not run away or approach the predator. Do not otherwise provoke the mountain lion. Generally, if left alone they...

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  • Rattlesnakes

    Rattlesnakes are venomous snakes most common in the south-western part of the state, on the eastern side of the Missouri River. They can still be found in other areas of the state, however. If you are planning on hiking or camping in North Dakota, it is important to watch for these snakes and avoid them. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, seek...

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  • Tornados

    Tornados in North Dakota can form at anytime. However, they occur most often when the weather is hot and humid. It's sort of like the 'calm before the storm'. This doesn't mean these weather conditions always produce tornados, it just means that it is best to be extra vigilant during these weather conditions. Bismarck and most other communities...

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Bismarck What to Pack

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    by charlize Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If in Bismarck during the winter, bring WARM sweaters, boots, and coats. It can get very cold. If you are there during the summer, shorts, shirt, and sandals will do. Even if it is nice, you still should bring a jacket. You never know what each day's weather may be. It changes so often.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure you bring some insect repellent. The mosquitos can get terrible.

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Bismarck Favorites

  • The Civic Center

    I was fortunate to obtain free tickets to see the Temptations at the Civic Center.This auditorium can fit about 12000 people. Pretty good for a place like Bismarck.So, while in town, look up the activities and shows there.I think there was also an event called Market Place which helps people to start a business or obtain pattents, etc...

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  • The Temptations

    Can you believe the chance I got, on my last trip to Bismarck, I got a pair of free tickets to go see the Temptations at the Civic Center.Those old guys still have all the moves.The show lasted 90 minutes or so, and they song a bunch of hits in rapid succession.They still love the ladies!!!!

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  • Bismarck is a very nice...

    Bismarck is a very nice community. Friendly people, green atmosphere, and fresh air. The best time to visit is the summer when it is nice weather and not-so dangerous as in winter-driving. For starters I would first drive around Bismarck and the areas to get a look at the city. The Missouri River runs right through Bismarck and is a beautiful...

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