It may not be North Dakota’s largest city, but the capital, Bismark, is big on attractions and amenities. This cool little city on the banks of the Missouri River is an ideal base of operations for adventures in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and daytrips to Native American sites. Bismark is a great place for you to learn more about the frontier heritage of the state. It also offers loads of fun on the Missouri River with its riverboat rides and walking paths.
Things to see
The Missouri River is a key facet of Bismark, so it’s well worth booking passage on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat for an afternoon or evening cruise. This vintage paddlewheel boat is a real beauty and has tons of character.
The North Dakota Heritage Center is the state’s premier place to learn about the Plains Indians, the military history of the region, and the nature and wildlife of the Great Plains.
Chief Looking’s Village is one of the top Native American cultural attractions around Bismark. Guide yourself around this archaelogical site, then head over to Double Ditch Indian Village for even more exposure to the native people of North Dakota.
Hotels in Bismark
Bismark has a great mixture of local bed and breakfasts in the downtown district, historic hotels, and popular chain motels on the outskirts of town. Accommodation in the capital caters well to both business travelers and families on road holidays. Expect surprisingly low rates and friendly Midwest service, along with good amenities like swimming pools and fitness centers.
Where to stay
The downtown district of Bismark is the place to stay if you like historic hotels and intimate Midwestern inns. You will have walking access to the grid of streets around the capital, along uncongested sidewalks.
Another flashpoint for lodging in Bismark is around the Kirkwood Mall, where more than dozen chain hotels, ranging from budget motels to well-apportioned hotels with rare attractions like an indoor water park, are situated.
How to get to Bismark
Bismark Municipal Airport is a good hub for regional flights with Allegiant Air, Delta, Frontier, and United. There are regular flights here from a handful of cities like Denver, Phoenix, and Minneapolis. The train doesn’t stop at Bismark, but Greyhound buses run frequent service here from most of the big cities in the upper Midwest. Most visitors find a car is very useful here.