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Bismarck

4.1
History Museums · Zoos · Government Buildings

Popular things to do in Bismarck

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Zoo
The Dakota Zoo
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Government Building
North Dakota State Capitol Building
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Water Body
Missouri River
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city's population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.Bismarck was founded by European Americans in 1872 on the east bank of the Missouri River. It has been North Dakota's capital city since 1889, when the state was created from the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union.Bismarck is across the river from Mandan, named after a historic Native American tribe of the area. The two cities make up the core of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area.The North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the state, is in central Bismarck. The state government employs more than 4,000 in the city. As a hub of retail and health care, Bismarck is the economic center of south-central North Dakota and north-central South Dakota.HistoryFor thousands of years, present-day central North Dakota was inhabited by indigenous peoples, who created successive cultures. The historic Mandan Native American tribe occupied the area long before Europeans arrived. They spoke the Hidatsa language. The Hidatsa name of Bismarck is mirahacii arumaaguash ("Place of the tall willows"); the Arikara name is ituhtaĆ”we. Plan your vacation with our United States trip planner and discover the best things to do in Bismarck.

Side trips from Bismarck

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Playground
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Mandan
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Scandinavian Heritage Park Minot
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Enchanted Highway Regent
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
National Buffalo Museum Jamestown
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Bismarck

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Park
General Sibley Park & Campground
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Monument
Sakakawea Statue
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Science Museum
Gateway to Science
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Bismarck

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Historic Site
Camp Hancock State Historic Site
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Buckstop Junction
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Chief Lookings Village
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Golf in Bismarck

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Golf Course
Hawktree Golf Club
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Bismarck

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Theme Park
Superslide Amusement Park
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

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