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The Missouri River separates the state capital (population: 58,000) from Mandan.
Fort Abraham Lincoln Home.
What to do
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Living-history tours visit reconstructed Mandan earth lodges, as well as a rebuilt infantry post that includes the Custer House. Seven miles south of Mandan. See reviews and ratings. (701) 667-6340; parkrec.nd.gov
North Dakota Heritage Center An expansion is under way; meanwhile, dinos populate the Corridor of Time exhibit. See reviews and ratings. (701) 328-2666; history.nd.gov
Where to eat
Kroll’s Diner We like local chain Kroll’s for all-day breakfasts, kuchen and knoephla. Check out the retro one in Mandan. See reviews and ratings. (701) 667-0940; sitdownandeat.com
Pirogue Grille Bismarck's chef-owned downtown restaurant has built a solid reputation on locally inspired dishes. See reviews and ratings. (701) 223-3770; piroguegrille.com
Where to stay
Radisson Hotel Bismarck Perks at this downtown chain hotel include plush bedding and free Wi-Fi. From $119. (701) 255-6000; radisson.com
For information: Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 767-3555; discoverbismarckmandan.com
Links:  http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/north-dakota/fort-abraham-lincoln-state-park/