Bismarck is not only one of the safest cities in the country to live in, it is a very interesting place to visit. As capital of North Dakota state, Bismarck is surrounded by a rich natural environment with amazing landscapes and practically unlimited possibilities for recreational activities, but that doesn’t mean the city itself lacks in attractions. From art galleries and historic sites to great restaurants and fun places for children, Bismarck has more to offer than you imagine.
Culture & History of Bismarck
A major part of North Dakota’s culture lies on the American Indian heritage. This is exceptionally displayed at the North Dakota Heritage Center, the largest museum in the state, which features Indian tools and objects and North Dakota’s general history and culture, as well as a special area for children. For an even more vivid understanding of the Indian lifestyle, there are preserved original villages such as the Chief’s Looking Village and the Double Ditch Indian Village, where you can take both guided tours and self guided tours to learn and enjoy the different atmosphere.
For a more contemporary appreciation of city’s cultural life, don’t miss the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, which showcases beautiful examples of local, regional and international art with a free of charge entrance. The Buckstop Junction could be referred to as the “old town”, as it is a charming little village containing buildings made in the 19th Century which will take you back to the settler’s time. Another must-see building is the tallest in North Dakota, the State Capitol, built in art-deco style over the grounds of the previous one, which was destroyed by a fire in the early 1930’s. The beautiful Victorian-style Old Governor’s Mansion, is also another place worth a visit.
If you travel with kids, don’t forget to visit the Dakota Zoo, with a wide range of rare and endangered species, some even put in their natural habitats. The Zoo is open from April to September.
Fun in the Wild
Bismarck's natural surroundings offer anything you can imagine for sports and recreation, from skiing and snowboarding to boating and water-skiing. The Missouri river is perfect for taking a guided tour in the Lewis and Clark Riverboat and contemplate the beautiful landscapes while hearing interesting stories about the state. During the summer, it’s essential to go to the Desert, where you’ll find a great to beach to camp, swim and sunbathe. When you are there, don’t forget to play the traditional beach game of Cro-Shoes.
On the western bank of the Missouri river lies the perfect place for winter sports enthusiasts, as the Huff Hills Skii Area bears the biggest downhill in the state, only 45 minutes away from its capital city.
When to visit Bismarck
The best time to go is from April through October, as it is advisable not to go during the Winter months, when the temperatures reach extremely low levels and many attractions are closed.
Enjoy your trip to Bismarck!