Bismark was originally named for Otto Von Bismarck to induce German investment in the fledgling city that sprang up along the new railroad. Now, Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and a major city that attracts countless visitors each year. Bismarck is the destination for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. Visitors may choose from smaller, inexpensive motels to full service Bismarck hotels right in the heart of the city.
Larger conventions can be held at the Bismarck Civic Center, which boasts over 250,000 square feet of meeting space. For smaller events, there are several hotels in Bismarck with meeting facilities, including the Best Western Doublewood Inn.
Bismarck is a true western town and most, if not all, the local restaurants serve some steak dinners. There are plenty of chains in town like Applebee's, but guests might prefer the local Peacock Alley, a fine dining establishment with an array of gourmet cuisine.
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center houses the exhibits that tell the story of the intrepid explorers, as well as artwork by famed artist Karl Bodmer.
There are three shopping malls in Bismarck with familiar stores like Layne Bryant and American Eagle. Visit the Gateway Fashion Mall, Kirkwood Mall, and Pinehurst Square. The downtown area features local shops like Feist's Jewelers.
Bismarck is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, especially for winter activities. Huff Hills is the place to go for skiing and snowboarding near hotels Bismarck.