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"The Locals" Itinerary

 

"The Locals" Itinerary

Looking for some fun ways to spend your time while you are in Bismarck-Mandan? Or maybe you just want the perfect dessert or souvenir location? Well we’ve asked some locals where their favorite spots are and we’ve got them put together all here, just for you!
 
Downtown Bismarck

Where will my travel partner(s) and I have the best dining experience?               
Bistro Great food & wine!
Broadway Grill and Tavern They have the best patio and some really great food.
Butterhorn210 You must try the fresh, homemade butterhorns! The food is incredible, and you will want to keep coming back because they change the menu seasonally for the freshest local ingredients.
Fireflour Pizzeria & Coffee Bar Amazing wood-fired pizza with great coffee & a friendly staff.
Peacock Alley A must-stop for the North Dakota beef and the local history.
Pirogue Grille – WINNER – Intimate restaurant with weekly specials, gourmet dining with a prairie influence; fresh fish, bison, beef and wonderful pastas.
Terra Nomad For the best breakfast, grab something fresh from their bakery case.
The Toasted Frog Have a local experience with unique and delicious food, the best Fried Cheesy Pickles anywhere!
 
The Happy Travel Bug in the Bismarck Art Alley

Where can I take the best picture that says I was really there?
Bismarck Art Alley Super fun stop in downtown Bismarck with outdoor murals done by local artists.
Chief Looking’s Village Overlooking the train bridge and the Missouri River, this is one of the best views you will get, from the Bismarck side.
North Dakota State Capitol Building & Grounds – WINNER – Grab a photo on the steps of the State Capitol or on the Capitol Mall.
North Dakota State Heritage Center Take your picture inside by the Mastodon, the T. Rex, the giant sloth, or outside in front of the Northern Lights Atrium.
 
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

What is the one thing we MUST do while we are here?
Bismarck Larks Baseball game A summer staple if you want to have a really great and entertaining time!
Dakota Zoo A great place to take your family any time of the year. They have a beautiful zoo and the best way to see it is by taking the train ride through it!
Double Ditch Indian Village Watching the sunset here is breathtaking and worth the short drive north of Bismarck.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – TIED WINNER – Go on one of the engaging tours, hike a trail through the park, or go up into the Fort McKeen Blockhouses to look at the Missouri River and State Capitol. Be sure to get there by taking the Fort Lincoln Trolley!
Lewis & Clark Riverboat A great way to experience the Missouri River in a fun and relaxing way during the summer.
Missouri River Bike, walk, or drive along our beautiful river or enjoy it by kayaking, boating, fishing, or hanging out on a sandbar.
North Dakota State Capitol Building Take one of the free tours and see all the cool art deco designs inside; the view from the top is incredible!
North Dakota State Heritage Center – TIED WINNER – All ages will have a lot of fun exploring the past, present and future of North Dakota. You can get some creative photo-ops all over this place.
North Dakota State Railroad Museum Kids love it!
Raging Rivers Waterpark If you come in the summer you have to go and ride the speed slides or just enjoy the day floating in the lazy river.
 
Follow The Piper visiting a Missouri River sandbar

Where should we go for some nightlife?
Blarney Stone Lively Irish pub in downtown Bismarck. You can always have a great time here. Awesome drinks and amazing food, too!
Downtown Bismarck – WINNER – Go out for dinner & drinks, bar hop and listen to live bands, or just explore. You will have a great time and everything is really close and easy to walk to.
Downtown Mandan Mandan Depot Bier Hall, Thomas & Moriarty's, and Dialectic Brewing are some fun and cool places to grab a drink in Mandan.
Laughing Sun Brewery They have great local beers that they brew onsite and live music and art by local artists.
Rock Point – If you want to eat, drink and listen to live music on the Missouri River, this is your spot!
Sleepy Hollow Theater & Arts Park Outdoor summer theater with family-friendly Broadway musicals. The main actors are area teens, very impressive talent!
 
Laughing Sun Brewery

Where can we get gourmet items for a picnic?
3Be Meats A full-service butcher shop who offers a full deli, custom processing and a meat counter.
Bisman Community Food Co-op – WINNER – A grocery store with healthy, fresh and delicious options all over but especially in their salad bar & deli.
Butcher Block Meats – Specialty meat counter, grocer and deli. Choose your own gift bundles, meats & cheeses, sandwiches & soups.
Country House Deli – They offer great meats and cheeses, bake their own breads, and make soups and deli salads from scratch.
Dan's Super Market Deli – Whether you want fried chicken, fruits, veggies, dips, desserts, meats or cheeses, they offer it at their deli counter.
Williquors Unique wines & cheese in this mansion of liquor stores.
 
3Be Meats

Where can I get the best dessert? Name the place AND the dish.
Bistro Chocolate Polenta Souffle
Bistro Flourless Chocolate Tart
Blarney Stone Jameson Irish Bread Pudding
Butterhorn210 Butterhorn Bread Pudding
Fireflour Pizzeria & Coffee Bar Gelato
MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub Mack Lovin’
Pirogue Grille WINNER – Cheesecake; toppings change with the season, but the rhubarb is yummy!
Pirogue Grille Crème Brûlée of the Day
The Toasted Frog Flourless Chocolate Pudding Cake
 
Gelato at Fireflour Pizzeria

Where can I get something locally made? A gift or great souvenir?        
Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative Visit their studios of local artists, take a class or buy some art to take home with you!
The Capital Gallery Their gift shop features local artists with raku pottery, hand-blown glass, jewelry and more.
CVB/Visitor Information Center’s Genuine Dakota Gift Shop – WINNER – Wonderful assortment of Pride of Dakota goods. Get your info and gifts all in one stop.
North Dakota State Heritage Center Gift Shop A great selection of pottery, jewelry, gift items, books, etc.
 
The Captial Gallery