The well-being and safety of our residents and guests is our top priority.
Get the latest Bismarck-Mandan COVID-19 Travel Updates & Resources for planning your visit and welcoming you to our community.
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COVID-19 Travel Updates & Resources

North Dakota State Capitol

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in visiting Bismarck-Mandan. When you are ready, we are open and here for your visit. The well-being and safety of our residents and guests is our top priority. We will do our best to share with you the state and federal guidelines so that you can rest-assured your trip will be the best that it can be.

The state of North Dakota did not "close" like other states may have. Instead, among other things, Governor Doug Burgum issued executive orders recommending that people wear face coverings, social distance and self-quaranite for 14 days if they were potentially exposed or had tested positive. Non-essential businesses were closed until the ND Smart Restart program was established, however if they chose to, restaurants and stores were able to stay open with pick-up or delivery options available.

Once testing began it showed that North Dakota had, and continues to have, a low number of positive tests. As the weeks have gone on, more businesses, attractions and agencies have begun to open with the following guidelines:
 
  • Avoid entering a facility if you have a cough or fever.
  • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance with one another.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Limit unnecessary contact such as hugging and shaking hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Use of a face covering is encouraged for the protection of yourself and others. Some businesses may require this.
If you do not feel well or require medical assitance while you are here, contact one of our many walk-in or after-hours clinics or click here for more information.
 

At the Bismarck-Mandan Visitor Information Center and Genuine Dakota Gift Shop we are here to help you plan your visit! Inside we have a well-sanitized visitor center and gift shop with plexi-glass dividers, hand sanitizer, private and clean family restrooms, PPE and skilled & knowledgeable Travel Counselors!
 
  • Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm; Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
  • 1600 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck, exit 157 off of I-94
  • 701-222-4308
  • Questions? E-mail us here.
 

COVID-19 Precautions for our Visitor Information Center:
  • Frequent sanitation of high touch surfaces and private family restroom
  • Hand sanitizer available
  • Face masks available
  • Plexiglass divider and limited contact with visitors
  • Staff will sanitize their hands before and after interacting with visitors
We ask that you:
  • Please allow for 6 feet between you and our staff, and other visitors not in your group
  • Please consider wearing a mask, especially if it makes you feel more comfortable
If you don't have much time, or you are social distancing and don't want to come in, swing by for a Grab & Go Bag, just outside on our front doors! They include:

Bismarck-Mandan Visitor Guide
Bismarck-Mandan "The Locals" Itinerary
Bismarck-Mandan Savings Pages
Bismarck-Mandan CVB Members Restaurant Listing
North Dakota State Travel Guide
North Dakota State Map
Medora Visitor Guide
Bismarck-Mandan Word Search

If there is something else that you are needing, but would rather not come in, please call 701-222-4308 during business hours and we will be happy to bring it out to you.

 
Grab & Go Bags

What Is Open?

Almost everything! We are working with our attractions, hotels, restaurants and other businesses as they plan new ways to serve you, including limiting guest capacity, offering social distancing options, regular and thorough sanitation, and ways to stay healthy.

If you want to know what the locals love, follow "The Locals" Itinerary! We surveyed people in our community during May's National Travel and Tourism week and they gave us the scoop on all the great places that you have to visit while you are here. Oh, and where to get the best desserts.

If you want to know if the business that you are hoping to visit or work with is open and what their exact protocols are, it is always best to call them or visit their website or social media channels.
  Do you have specific Meeting & Event Planning needs? Go here.
How about Sporting Event Planning needs? Visit here.
 

Each business has their own safety procedures, but here’s an idea of how our hotels and businesses are creating safe environments for you:

Hotels
  • Enhancing cleaning practices by implementing new procedures of rooms and commons areas
  • Providing sanitation stations
  • Minimizing guest contact in elevators, lobbies, etc.
  • Implementing “contactless” processes and payments wherever possible
Restaurants
  • Limiting occupancy in restaurants, bars, etc.
  • Spacing tables to meet social distancing guidelines
  • Continuing take-out and curbside services
  • Implementing “contactless” processes and payments wherever possible
  • Enhancing cleaning practices
Retail
  • Frequently sanitizing high-traffic areas
  • Posting signage to encourage social distancing
  • Implementing “contactless” processes and payments wherever possible
  • Enhancing cleaning practices

Attractions and Outdoor Recreation Experiences
 
These area attractions are OPEN in accordance with the CDC and ND Smart Restart guidelines. Their hours and services may change as the months go on, so be sure to contact them prior to visiting. For a full listing of our attractions, click here.
 

Not yet open, or closed:
 
  • Tours of the ND State Capitol are suspended until further notice but will be continually reassessed
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Biking Trails

We have been working on a new project to highlight the amazing bike trails in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Biking is the perfect way to exercise, experience our community and social distance at the same time! Both Bismarck and Mandan Parks and Recreation Districts have incredible trails that weave through the cities and flank both sides of the Missouri River.

 

Events

Some events have been cancelled or postponed but there are still some great ones happening! Visit our calendar of events to see what is going on. If you are wondering about events at the Bismarck Event Center, look here, and visit here for their reopening guidelines.
                                          
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park: Monthly Hiking Challenges which are usually held on a specific day are now spread out over most of the month. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
 

What Can You Do?

Live like a local! As mentioned above, the well-being and safety of our residents and guests is our top priority so we ask that visitors follow the same ND Smart Restart guidelines that we do here.
 
Is North Dakota the 50th state that you are visiting? If so, it's your lucky trip! Please be sure to stop by the Bismarck-Mandan Visitor Information Center at 1600 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, so we can celebrate with you!
 

The rest of North Dakota is waiting for you, too! Plan your visit in or to our great state, we welcome you. North Dakota Tourism has also put together a great page of COVID-19 resources, if you are looking for more information at a state level. To see the travel guides from across the state, visit this link.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has some information that may make planning your trip easier. For rest area information, visit here, and for road conditions, here.