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10 for 10: Bismarck, ND

Touring our #9 town of the year, from Fort Abraham Lincoln to Harvest Brazilian Gril

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1. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park provides the finest example of living history on the Northern Plains.

Besides the reconstructed Custer House (with its guided tours by 1875-era re-enactor soldiers and maids) and its seven other military reconstructions, the state park includes a Mandan village, occupied from 1575-1781, with six earthlodges filled with exhibits. An excellent visitors center provides the best display in the world on the history of the Mandan people.

2. Check out the budget-friendly (admission is free!) North Dakota Heritage Center, offering up the “official” state history, on the state capitol grounds. The museum is currently undergoing a $52 million expansion.

3. Tour North Dakota’s best Indian art gallery, Five Nations Arts, in the 1929 rail depot on Main Street in Mandan. You’ll see sculptures, paintings, jewelry and traditional arts from Lakota, Dakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Chippewa artists.

4. Peacock Alley is a historic watering hole in downtown Bismarck. Once the Patterson Hotel, it has  been the bipartisan meeting  place of politicians and lobbyists for a century.

5. Fiesta Villa, across from Peacock Alley and housed in Bismarck’s historic...

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