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Bismarck is a town in Burleigh County in the American state of North Dakota.
View looking south from top of capital building
Bismarck, ND (http://www.bismarck.org/) (pop. 55,532) is located in central North Dakota (http://discovernd.com/). It is the state's capital so is home to many politicians. Mandan (http://www.cityofmandan.com/) (pop. 16,718) is located adjacent across the Missouri River. Many of the locals refer to the area as Bismarck-Mandan. The local area code is 701. Bismarck uses the following zipcodes: 58501-58507
Bismarck currently in the last year of a project to build a new airport. Currently the terminal part is still in use until the new airport is operational in 2005.
Bismarck Municipal Airport (http://www.bismarckairport.com/) code is 'BIS'
Bismarck has the following carriers & Flights:
Northwest Airlines (http://www.nwa.com) Non-Stop to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
United Express (http://www.airwis.com/) Non-Stop to Denver, CO
Allegiant Air (http://www.allegiantair.com/) Non-Stop to Las Vegas, NV
Bismarck does offer freight stops however no public train transportation exists
You can get to Bismarck from the east or west via I-94, or from the north or south via US-83
Taxi 9000 does offer cab service for the area. They are usually at the airport upon arrivals.
Greyhound (http://www.greyhound.com) discontinued service through all ND cities except Fargo, ND as of Fall 2004. Alternative local companies are trying to get alternatives for the area to get bus travel to Fargo (http://wikitravel.org/en/article/Fargo).
You should have a car if you are going to stay in the Bismarck area. The airport does offer car rental services or you may use taxi services as well.
The city services public transportation by running several bus routes throughout the area. It is called the Capital Area Transit (CAT) (http://www.bismarck.org/city_departments/department/news_detail.asp?dID=16&ID=234). Route maps and information should be available at all major bus stops and the airport.
Bismarck has the states only sky scraper (only 20 stories tall.) Depending on the time of year they do offer a carnival in the summer time.
- Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, 422 East Front Ave., Bismarck, ND. Art, photography and sculptures exhibits by local, regional and national artists. Open year round, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 1-3 p.m. Free admission. Tel: (701) 223-5986. Fax: 701-223-8960. Email: email@example.com 1 (http://www.bismarck-art.org)
- Buckstop Junction Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. Reconstructed village with buildings from the late 1800s to the early 1930s. Turn-of-the-century atmosphere. By appointment. Tel: (701) 226-1217 or (701) 223-4838. Admission fee is $2.
- Camp Hancock state historic site, 101 West Main, Bismarck, ND. Open May 16 to September 15, Wednesday-Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM. Originally established in 1872 as a military post, Camp Creeley, then renamed Camp Hancock in 1973. Its mission was to provide protection for work gangs building the Northern Pacific Railroad. The camp headquarters, a log building, is still standing on the site. Tel: (701) 328-2666. Fax: (701) 328-3710. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chief Looking's Village, Burnt Boat Drive NW, Bismarck, ND. Native American village site with self-guided tour of the grounds, contains earthlodge depressions and a fortification ditch. Tel: (701) 328-2666.
- Dakota Zoo, in Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Variety of animal exhibits, including endangered monkeys, moose, and brown bears, some in natural habitats. Open late April to end of September from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. In the winter (October to late April), open Friday to Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Admission fee is $5.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Tel: (701) 223-7543. Fax: (701) 258-8350. Email: email@example.com. 2 (http://www.dakotazoo.org)
- 'Double Ditch Indian Village, 7 miles north of Bismarck on Highway 1804. Remains of a large Mandan Indian earthlodge village that is believed to have been inhabited for almost 300 years until 1781. Eight interactive signs provide information on the site. Tel: (701) 328-2666. Fax: (701) 328-3710.
- Old Governor's Mansion state historic site, 320 East Avenue B, Bismarck. Restored Victorian mansion and carriage house. Originally constructed in 1884, it housed 21 ND governors from 1893 to 1960. Exhibits explain the restoration process, architectural style changes, and furniture used by several governors. Open May 16 to September 15, Wednesday thru Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00PM. Tel: (701) 328-2666. Fax: (701) 328-3710.
- North Dakota Heritage Center (http://www.realnd.com/heritagecentermap.htm) and Sakakawea Statue, 612 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck. This is North Dakota's largest museum. It displays a collection of Plains Indian artifacts. Exhibits of military and agricultural history. Includes a special children's historical area. Sakakawea was the guide for the Lewsis and Clark expion. Her statue is displayed near the center's entrance. Open May 16 to September 15, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Tel: (701) 328-2666
- North Dakota State Capitol, this art deco 19-story building is located at 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck. It was built in 1933, using unique woods and materials from many states and countries. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with hourly tours, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tel: (701) 328-2471 or (701) 328-2480. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame in the State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck. Displays portraits of recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the stat's highest, given to North Dakotans who have brought honor to the state. Open Year-round, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and during Memorial Day to Labor day, also open on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Tel: 701-328-2480
Bismarck offers two movie theaters (see movie showtimes (http://www.bismarcktribune.com/fun/movies/)):
- Carmike (http://www.carmike.com) has a theater in North Bismarck.
- Locally owned "The Grand Theater" is the favorite among local movie enthusiast. It offers stadium seating in most of its rooms.
The Bismarck Civic Center (http://www.bismarckciviccenter.com/) is home to the Bismarck Bobcats(hockey), Dakota Wizards (Basketball) and the Roughriders (Arena Football.) The civic center also offers the occasional concert such as Clay Aiken.
- Lewis and Clark Riverboat is a 150-passenger paddle wheel riverboat based at the Port of Bismarck, River Road, Bismarck. Afternoon and evening round-trip cruises on the Missouri River from the historic Port of Bismarck to Fort Lincoln and the On-A-Slant Mandan Village. Dinner and beverage service available for regular cruises and charters. Narrations and reenactments provided during cruises. Call for regular scheduled cruises from April through October. Tel: (701)255-4233. Email: email@example.com 3 (http://www.lewisandclarkriverboat.com)
- Superslide Amusement Park, Riverside Park Road, Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Superslide, ferris wheel, carousel, batting cages, tubs, swings, bumper cars, critter track, whisper carts, mini-golf, bankshot basketball. Open from May through mid-September, weather permitting, daily from noon to 10:00 PM. Tel: (701) 255-1107 or 400-4273.
- Camping General Sibley Park, 501 South Washington St., Bismarck, ND. 150 tent sites, 115 RV sites with electric. 4 miles south on Washington Street. Tel: (701) 222-1844. Fax: (701) 222-0774. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 (http://www.bisparks.org)
- Gateway to Science (http://www.gscience.org), located in the Gateway Mall. Interactive exhibits for all ages for learning about science. Open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5:00 PM. Tel: (701) 258-1975.
The average wage in Bismarck is about $25,000
Bismarck offers two malls, Gateway Mall in north Bismarck, and Kirkwood Mall (http://www.kirkwood-mall.com/) in south Bismarck. Kirkwood Mall is the city's largest mall. It is anchored by Target (http://www.target.com), JCPenney (http://www.jcpenney.com), Herberger's (http://www.herbergers.com), http://www.target.com/state_street/index.jhtml and I. Keating Furniture World.
Besides the mall Bismarck has Wal-Mart (http://www.walmart.com), K-Mart (http://www.kmart.com), Staples (http://www.staples.com), Office Depot (http://www.officedepot.com), and Menards (http://www.menards.com). Bismarck within the next year though will be adding 1.5 million square feet of retail including two Super Walmarts (http://www.walmart.com), Sams Club (http://www.samsclub.com), Lowes (http://www.lowes.com), Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.com), Kohls (http://www.kohls.com), and many other shops. Majority of the retail building is in the norther part of the city.
Keep in mind with Bismarck most of its restaurants are off of I-94 Exit 159 (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?ovi=1&mqmap.x=302&mqmap.y=146&mapdata=slIDb%252fBv9J%252fKnl%252fNPtZZZSKtZrwIICyhDuSIhn15uk7v2F8xxlpMgEkQfKfokqDh%252fRP1POiyEMEYzKjCu2NRAQ5UZkO8AAJfSU6lNLjA7sGIZlJAO2wcOJxPhXEZgexf2%252fqZAV48D4iW7Y331JYG9ai0BQPuHv23x4L7trSL3%252bZhO4%252bGjouKdcaRBandjUMg0N3KWEkeh2e1Ml1sF%252bl8hSBk2NsJJW5XO%252fUrxpA%252bmUyTq08y0P%252fwlHHO%252fRIIRjn%252fPYBajLUGQFxBLNY%252fRWetw7rljN5f0Ux3pHoUUgJh8c9Q8eGC98hFxq3Om0TtE47PL7qMZkJeNtO%252bAKR0Def2TgkaT2Oej6IIKYVh9X0zCpdhM4jtsZNvrHMIQb6awfEje%252brPiZHpyWW06muY60gJXCdrsHbDUZksahWNiUbTzuMTP%252blo%252fEjzWZa2kvwzjVwX) (Hwy. 83/State St.) Or in the southern part of the city by Kirkwood Mall.
Bismarck offers multiple fast food restaurants.
Royal Fork Buffet offers all you can eat salad bar, hot food bar feature Roast Beef, Ham, and on Sundays Turkey. Price is about $7 for lunch, $10 for dinner or on the weekend.
All American Steakhouse Buffet. Similar to Royal Fork, Only exception is they offer steak or chicken as their primary meat of choice.
Bismarck has local multiple adult establishments. Popularity shifts as frequently as the weather. If your into the nightlife you'd be better asking the locals where most people in your age group hang out.
A listing of hotels can be obtained at the following link. Average Hotel Price in Bismarck is about $60, although you can spend as little as $25 or you can go well over $100.
Bismarck Hotels (http://www.dexonline.com/servlet/ActionServlet?pid=bfull&from=00392782790000&last10Saved=false&resultForm=BASIC&locationVerified=true&state=ND&cityText=Bismarck&surroundingAreas=true&metroID=1183&headingID=24h1hotelszzmotelszzzlodging). See also Mandan listings. Here are some listings if you wish to print this page to take along:
- AmericInn, I-94 and Exit 159, north on Highway 83, Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 250-1000. Toll Free: (800) 634-3444. Fax: 701-250-1103
- Best Western Doublewood Inn, 1400 East Interchange Ave. Bismarck, ND. Located at I-94 and Exit 159. Tel: (701) 258-7000. Toll Free: (800) 554-7077. Fax: (701) 258-2001. http://www.bestwestern.com/prop_35029
- Best Western Ramkota Hotel, formerly Radisson Ramkota, 800 South 3rd St,, Bismarck, ND. Located across from Kirkwood Mall. 306 rooms, 8 suites, indoor water park with 150 foot waterslide, sauna, whirlpool, fitness club. Tel: (701) 258-7700. Toll Free: (800) 528-1234. Fax: (701) 224-8212. 5 (http://www.realnd.com/ramkotabismarckindex.htm)
- Bismarck Motor Hotel, Bismarck. Tel: (701) 223-2474. Fax: (701) 223-3190
- Budget Inn Express, Bismarck. Tel: (701) 255-1450
- Comfort Inn, 300 East Interstate Ave., Bismarck, ND. I-94, Exit 159 north. Tel: (701) 223-1911. Fax: (701) 223-6977
- Comfort Suites, 929 Gateway Ave., Bismarck, ND. I-94, Exit 159 north. Tel: (701) 223-4009. Fax: (701) 223-9119.
- Days Inn, 1300 E. Capital Avenue, Bismarck, ND.I-94, Exit 159 north. Tel: (701) 223-9151. Fax: (701) 223-9423.
- Expressway Inn and Suites, Across from Kirkwood Mall. Tel: (701) 222-2900. Toll Free: (800) 456-6388. Fax: (701) 222-3311. 6 (http://www.expresswayinnandsuites.com)
- Fairfield Inn North, I-94, Exit 159 north on Highway 83, Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 223-9077. Fax: (701) 223-9077. Email: email@example.com
- Fairfield Inn South, near Kirkwood Mall off Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 223-9293. Toll Free: (800) 228-2800. Fax: (701) 223-9293.
- Hillside Motel, 1601 N 12 St., Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 223-7986
- Kelly Inn, 1800 North 12th St., Bismarck, ND. I-94, Exit 159 S on State Street. Tel: (701) 223-8001. Toll Free: (800) 635-3559. Fax: (701) 221-2685. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 (http://www.kellyinns.com)
- Motel 6, 2433 State St., Bismarck, ND. I-94, Exit 159 north on Highway 83. Tel: (701) 255-6878. Fax: (701) 223-7534
- Radisson Hotel, 605 East Broadway Ave., Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 255-6000. Toll Free: (800) 333-3333. Fax: (701) 233-0400. Email: email@example.com 8 (http://www.radisson.com/bismarck_downtown)
- Ramada Limited Suites, 3808 E Divide Ave., Bismarck, ND. I-94, Exit 161. Tel: (701) 221-3030. Fax: (701) 221-3030. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 9 (http://www.ramada.com)
- Select Inn, 1505 Interchange Ave., Bismarck, ND. I-94, Exit 159 S. Tel: (701) 223-8060. Toll Free: (800) 641-1000. Fax: (701) 223-8293. 10 (http://www.selectinn.com)
- Super 8 Motel, I-94, Exit 159 N. Tel: (701) 255-1314. Toll Free: (800) 800-8000
- White Lace Bed and Breakfast, 807 N 6th St., Bismarck, ND. 1918 historic Victorian style home with 2 guest rooms, antiques. Tel: (701) 258-6877
Bismarck is a relatively safe town. Your biggest danger is the winter weather.
In the winter don't forget proper clothing for harsh weathers. for 20 days in Jan 04-Feb 04 the temp did not get above 0 deg F. The coldest temp was in Minot, ND at -45F (-75 windchill) while Bismarck was at a "balmy" -43F.
During the winter don't forget to plug your block heater into the wall outlet if you car has one available. Local rental cars will have these installed, if you don't know what to look for ask the rental place they will know. Block Heaters will keep the car from freezing up on you during sub zero temps.
From April-October most of the state will conduct it's road construction projects. Please plan to have multiple delays in the City of Bismarck and on the roads to get to the city. Unlike the south they have a limited amount of time they can work on projects.
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- Official City Web Site (http://www.bismarck.org/)
- Bismarck, ND site (http://www.bismarcknd.com/)
- Aerial photo (http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?T=1&S=13&Z=14&X=226&Y=3240&W=3)
- Profile (http://www.city-data.com/city/Bismarck-North-Dakota.html)
- Town info (http://www.hometownlocator.com/City/Bismarck-North-Dakota.cfm)
- Current Weather (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/58501?lswe=58501&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared)