Flights to Bismarck
The capital and second largest city in the state of North Dakota is Bismarck, situated right in the west of this Midwestern US state. Bismarck is an attractive city and visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions here.
Bismarck Municipal Airport (airport code: BIS) is where flights to Bismarck will land. Although an older airport it has recently undergone a large scale redevelopment which including rebuilding the terminal building, and it is now the busiest airport in western North Dakota. The airport is just 5 kilometres (3 miles) to the south of the city, so getting from here to the CBD is quick and easy. Flights to Bismarck from South Africa are indirect with one or two stops. KLM, Northwest, United Airlines, and American Airlines all offer travellers one stop flights to Bismarck from South Africa. British Airways, BMI, Air Canada, and Lufthansa are amongst the airlines that offer two stop flights to Bismarck from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Bismarck:
Bismarck has an interesting selection of historic sites to visit, including Camp Hancock and Chief Looking’s Village.
Camp Hancock was established with the name Camp Creeley in 1872 as a military outpost that was there to provide protection to the workers who were working on construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The main headquarters building of the camp was made of log and still stands here to this day.
Chief Looking’s Village has a self guided tour for visitors where you can see a fortification ditch and earthlodge depressions, plus you can see the remains of a Mandan Indian earthlodge village, the Double Ditch Indian Village just to the north of Bismarck. This is thought to have been inhabited for nearly 300 years until it was abandoned in 1781.
North Dakota Heritage Center
Visitors who are interested in finding out more about the native Indians who have lived in the Bismarck area can visit the North Dakota Heritage Center. This is the largest museum in the state and has displays of Plains Indian artefacts. There are also a variety of other displays and exhibits here including agricultural, military and natural history. Just outside the entrance is a statue of Sakakawea. She was the guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 1800’s.
North Dakota State Capitol
Being the capital of North Dakota, Bismarck is home to the state capitol. This is one of only three high-rise state capitols in the USA and is built in an art deco style. The original state capitol was destroyed by fire and this one replaced it in 1933. Visitors can take tours during the summer months from Monday to Friday.
Old Governor’s Mansion
This Victorian house was completed in 1884 and was used as the home for state governors between the years 1893 to 1960. The mansion has now been restored and features some interesting exhibits about the history of the house and more.
Situated in Sertoma Park in Bismarck is the Dakota Zoo. This zoo is open from late April to the end of September and has a number of exhibits including endangered species of monkeys, as well as brown bears and moose.
When Should You Visit?:
Bismarck is best visited during the summer when the days are hot and fairly humid. Winters are long and cold, and many of the city’s visitor attractions are not open during this time. January is the coldest month when the average high does not get above freezing, remaining at -6 C (21F). July is the hottest month with an average high of 29 C (84.5F). June is the wettest month.