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BismarckUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Bismarck

Ramkota Hotel - Bismarck
Ramkota Hotel - Bismarck
3 out of 5
800 S 3rd St, Bismarck, ND
The price is $93 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

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 ...

3.5/5Good! (994 reviews)
Good

"only drawback was covid restrictions on room cleaning and restocking supplies"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Ramkota Hotel - Bismarck
Holiday Inn Bismarck
Holiday Inn Bismarck
3 out of 5
3903 State St, Bismarck, ND
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $59 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated in Bismarck, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from North Dakota State Capitol. Sanford ...

4.3/5Excellent! (312 reviews)

"Large rooms with a very fresh feeling. Would definitely visit again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Holiday Inn Bismarck
Wingate by Wyndham Bismarck
Wingate by Wyndham Bismarck
2.5 out of 5
1421 Skyline Blvd, Bismarck, ND
The price is $66 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated in Bismarck, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from North Dakota State Capitol. Sanford ...

4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"The staff was great. We mad reservations for a suite on expedia. And when we checked in they had over booked our room. We had to wait in the lobby waiting for thw staff to try to find us another room and clean it."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Bismarck
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bismarck

Staybridge Suites Bismarck
Staybridge Suites Bismarck
3 out of 5
2801 Gateway Ave, Bismarck, ND
The price is $88 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of North Dakota State Capitol, North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, and Former Governor's ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (317 reviews)
Excellent place to stay

"Love the Staybridge Suites in Bismarck,ND. They have always been very friendly and go way beyond their job description to assist you & make sure that you are comfortable. They’ve helped me so much with my 93 year old father while staying there during his surgeries & follow up appointments"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Staybridge Suites Bismarck
Downtown Bismarck
Downtown Bismarck
Bismarck, ND

Located in the heart of Bismarck, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Camp Hancock, Belle Mehus Auditorium, and Bismarck Civic Center. Former Governor's ...

Downtown Bismarck
My Happy Place  1019
My Happy Place 1019
Bismarck, ND

Situated in Bismarck, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of North Dakota State Capitol and North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Sanford ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Relaxing

"We enjoyed our 2 night stay in this beautifully decorated apartment. We treasured the relaxing and peaceful retreat from a busy day of travel and activities. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

My Happy Place 1019
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bismarck

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Wayne

May 20, 2020

It was nice since most of the state is mountains, land, and rivers.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 10, 2020

I enjoy going to Bismarck. The city has lots to offer. Normally enjoy our stay at Candlewood, this time was just not the same.

4/5 - Good

Wayne

May 1, 2020

Nice city since the State seems to be nothing but Mountains and land.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Loved the easy off and on the hyway for rest and gas

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Went to sams, thrift store ,and hotel Just needed to get away from work family and things I should be doing. To be alone. It was great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Beautiful City. Lots to see, I just didn't have the time to see anything. I hope I can come back soon to see your attractions and enjoy your nice weather. I met some of your local community residents and they were just like myself. Nice & Normal.