Unique Bismarck Tours
As the saying goes, the only way to move forward in the right direction is to have an accurate view of where you've been. To be sure, looking back is sometimes sentimental, but it is also something that offers us plenty of lessons which serve as valuable building blocks that are essential in building a better future. Discover plenty of Bismarck's fascinating, essential history when you get on board for one of these highly informative and entertaining tours that will not only paint a dramatic picture of the past, but will highlight all that Bismarck has to look forward to in the future!
The stories, traditions and culture of the area's Native Americans are treasures too precious and rare to lose. That is why there are places like Bismarck's Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site
. In the wake of Louis and Clark's expedition and the eventual takeover of the land by settlers, groups like the Sioux Indians held on to their claims as much as they could, and this site stands as a reminder of their 3,000-year old Mandan Indian Village that remains a significant part of their history. Take a self-guided tour with the help of information provided by the Bismarck Convention and Visitors Bureau to get the whole story of this fascinating area.
Address: Bismarck, ND - MAP
Phone: (701) 328-2672
Hark back to a time when steamboats ruled the country's waterways as the chief means of transportation. Those mighty vessels had to be constructed, and it was no easy task! Learn about the fascinating and sometimes complicated story of how steamboats were built when you take a tour of the Steamboat Warehouse
. This State Historical Marker is located on the east bank of the Missouri River in Bismarck across the road from the water treatment plant and it stands to commemorate the Northern Pacific Railroad warehouse where the steamboats were originally constructed.
Address: Bismarck, ND - MAP
Phone: (701) 328-2666
Get an idea of what the North Dakota governor's life was like when you take a tour of the Former Governor's Mansion Historic Site
. The house was originally built by Asa Fisher in 1884 and served as the residence of North Dakota's governor from 1893 until 1960. Today, visitors can walk through various parts of the house to see the historic displays of furniture, documents and other items that paint a picture of what the house looked like when the state's governor called it home.
Address: 320 East Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501 - MAP
Phone: (701) 328-9529
It is fairly common knowledge that North Dakota was the home of many Native American Indians. And, if lore is to be believed, where there are Indians, there have to be cowboys, too! That idea is what fuels the experience of visiting the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame
. This facility is more of an interpretive center that delineates the development of the cowboy's identity in relation to his association with the Native Americans. Ranching, the western lifestyle, and even the concept of the rodeo are all explained in some truly impressive exhibits. Special guided tours are available upon request.
Address: 1110 College Drive, Bismarck, ND 58501 - MAP
Phone: (701) 250-1833
Get an idea of what a classic riverboat was like, but enjoy lots of modern amenities when you buy your ticket to get on board the Lewis and Clark Riverboat
in Bismarck. Take a historic and elegant cruise along the Missouri River on this impressive 150-passenger riverboat. This all-weather paddlewheeler docks at the Port of Bismarck and makes regular departures so that passengers can enjoy touring the river and the natural beauty of the area. There are various packages that you can choose from, including dinner cruises, excursion cruises and the popular moonlight cruise.
Address: Port of Bismarck on North River Road, Exit 157 off Interstate 94, Bismarck, ND 58506 - MAP
Phone: (701) 255-4233