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Bismarck Travel Guide

This North Dakota city, set on the banks of the Missouri River, holds miles of walking trails, a 50-year-old zoo and the tallest building in the state.

The capital of North Dakota, Bismarck was founded on the spot where explorers Lewis and Clark crossed the Missouri River. Swim in the river, hike along wooded trails, and climb to the top of the Capitol Building in the state’s second-largest city.

A good way to get a bird’s-eye view of Bismarck is with a visit to the Capitol Building. This 18-floor cement building is the tallest in North Dakota. Climb up to the observation deck on the top floor to look out over the grassy mall and the Missouri River to the east. Notice the red and white petunias planted in front of the Capitol to spell “North Dakota.”

Explore the area around the Missouri River to see the beautiful countryside along the longest river in North America. Rent a bike to ride along the Riverfront Trail, which extends from Pioneer Park several miles north of town all the way to the Riverwood Golf Course in the south. If the water is low enough, wade out to the sand bars up by Pioneer Park.

Reserve a seat on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat for an hour-long ride along the river in an old steamboat. Take a history cruise to learn more about the area’s heritage, or book a sunset cruise to watch the day fade over the river.

Don’t forget to save time for a visit to the Dakota Zoo. With over 600 animals, this 50-year-old zoo is the largest in North Dakota. Walk through the exhibits among the trees on the bank of the Missouri River. Highlights include snow leopards, tigers, and river otters.

You can reach Bismarck by plane through the Bismarck Municipal Airport, which is about a 15-minute drive to the south of town.  The nearest major city is Minneapolis, Minnesota, and there are several bus lines which make the trip. Within Bismarck, you can get around by bus, but it is best to have a car to reach the parks on the outer edges of the city.


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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

1505 Interchange Avenue, Bismarck
3.9
of 5, from 194 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bismarck, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and North Dakota State Capitol. Belle Mehus Auditorium and Bismarck Civic Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£60
Ramkota Hotel - Bismarck

Ramkota Hotel - Bismarck

800 S 3rd St, Bismarck
3.4
of 5, from 231 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bismarck, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck Civic Center, and Camp Hancock. Belle Mehus Auditorium and Dakota Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Budget Inn Express Bismarck

Budget Inn Express Bismarck

122 E Thayer Ave, Bismarck
2.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bismarck, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Camp Hancock and Belle Mehus Auditorium. Bismarck Civic Center and Kirkwood Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£64
Wingate by Wyndham Bismarck

Wingate by Wyndham Bismarck

1421 Skyline Blvd, Bismarck
4.3
of 5, from 207 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bismarck, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of North Dakota State Capitol and Belle Mehus Auditorium. Bismarck Civic Center and Camp Hancock are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£57
Ramada Bismarck

Ramada Bismarck

1400 Interchange Ave, Bismarck
3.5
of 5, from 131 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bismarck, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and North Dakota State Capitol. Belle Mehus Auditorium and Bismarck Civic Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£67
Radisson Hotel Bismarck

Radisson Hotel Bismarck

605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck
3.7
of 5, from 164 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bismarck, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck Civic Center, and Camp Hancock. North Dakota State Capitol and North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£68
La Quinta Inn & Suites Bismarck

La Quinta Inn & Suites Bismarck

2240 N 12th St, Bismarck
4.3
of 5, from 110 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and North Dakota State Capitol. Belle Mehus Auditorium and Bismarck Civic Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£67
Country Suites By Carlson, Bismarck, ND

Country Suites By Carlson, Bismarck, ND

3205 N 14th St, Bismarck
3.8
of 5, from 66 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bismarck hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, North Dakota State Capitol and Belle Mehus Auditorium. Dakota Zoo and Kirkwood Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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