Welcome to Bismarck

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You're Going to Love Bismarck

The capital of North Dakota may be unassuming and underrated, but make no mistake - this friendly, creative city will leave its mark on you.

If it isn't the city's beautiful location on a bend in the Missouri, it could be the thriving arts scene clustered around Main Street, the museums near the Capitol, or family attractions like the State Zoo. Failing that, it could be the eateries and bars of Downtown Bismarck, regularly rated as one of the country's most liveable neighborhoods. Or it could be the outdoor activities available like hiking, golf, or water sports. What's certain is that Bismarck will find a way into your heart.

If you are looking for a safe, walkable city with shopping opportunities, galleries, and museums aplenty, look no further: Bismarck is the place for you.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bismarck

When to Visit Bismarck

North Dakota is a great summer destination. Between June and September, you can expect warm (and sometimes extremely hot weather), which should be fine for sightseeing. Winters are usually bitterly cold, but the shoulder seasons (May to early June and October) are good times to find accommodation bargains.

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How to Get to Bismarck

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Where to Stay in Bismarck

Bismarck's city center has some exceptional high-end accommodation options. Highlights include the Radisson and the Best Western Plus Ramkota, both of which have very central locations. The La Quinta Inn and Suites is handy for the State Capitol, while the Super 8 Bismarck North is a popular, affordable suburban option.

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The Cost of Living in Bismarck

Shopping Streets

Bismarck's shopping scene is very lively for a city of its size and is centered around the Downtown area. It's a great place for window shopping, with independent stores like Lillian's Boutique and Eco Chic Boutique, along with regular street fairs and German Days throughout the year. Just to the south of the city center, Kirkwood Mall is also a good place to look, hosting chains and brand name stores.

Groceries and Other

There's no shortage of grocery stores in Bismarck thanks to the presence of supermarkets like Dan's (the city's major supermarket) and smaller stores like Bisman Community Food Co-op. Prices are around average for the USA, at about $4 for a gallon of milk and $1.25 for a pound of apples.

Cheap meal
Cheap meal
$18.95
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
$75.79
Single public transport ticket
Single public transport ticket
$2.56
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$7.00

Where to Eat in Bismarck

Bismarck is North Dakota's premier gastronomic destination, with foods on offer from all over the world. Some of the city's most highly regarded restaurants include the cosmopolitan Toasted Frog, Fireflour Pizza, and the Pirogue Grille, which always features seasonal ingredients. The Blarney Stone does excellent pub food, while the Texas Roadhouse is exactly what its name suggests: a superb place to find BBQ food. Prices vary by establishment, but expect to pay around $20-25 for entrees at the finest local eateries.