Things To Do in North Dakota: Bismarck/Mandan

Alicia Underlee Nelson
| October 25, 2023 | 1 Minute Read
Bridge between Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota iStock

Here’s a guide of what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Bismarck and Mandan.

Do & See

North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Immersive exhibits detail the state’s history and culture. Hear Indigenous storytellers, interact with machines that transformed the plains, and see Indigenous beadwork and quillwork up close. 

Bismarck Art & Galleries Association

The gallery presents art exhibits monthly and unique gifts in its store. This December, The Artistry of Trees exhibit features member artwork inspired by poems about trees.

Alley 5.5

See paintings and mosaics on 5th Street between Broadway and Main downtown. Look for a state map, rodeo scenes, landscapes and portraits of local luminaries. 

Eat & Stay  

Close up of breakfast pastries with fruit on top


Brick Oven Bakery 

The aroma of fresh sourdough bread perfumes this boulangerie. Enjoy French pastries crowned with berries, savor coffee and scones, and lunch on flaky croissant sandwiches.

Pirogue Grille

Appetizers and entrées honor regional flavors at this AAA Three Diamond restaurant. Start with artisanal cheeses, savor North Dakota–raised bison or dine on Parmigiano-Reggiano crusted walleye.

Courtyard by Marriott Bismarck North 

Start the day with a fresh breakfast and a workout in the gym at this AAA Three Diamond hotel. A dip in the indoor pool and plush bedding deliver rest and relaxation.

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