Bismarck Journals

Bismarck. It's a dry cold

A November 2003 trip to Bismarck by Laura

Quote: I travel to Bismarck every so often for work. Here are the places I've been.

Radisson Hotel Bismarck

Hotel | "Radisson"

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When you say you are staying at the Radisson, locals try to tell you that it is now the Ramkota. But if you're savvy, you know to tell them that it is the old Holiday Inn. This is the nicest hotel closest to the state capitol building. There is a full-service restaurant that I have had many a business breakfast in. There is fitness room, but you have to get the key from the front desk. The rooms are a bit small, but comfortable, and there is coffeemaker and free 800# calls. Me and my modem like that. There is an adjacent covered parking structure, and given the annual snowfall, that's a good thing. It is free for hotel guests.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Radisson Hotel Bismarck
605 EAST BROADWAY AVENUE
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
701-255-6000

Country House Deli

Restaurant

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I had the Country House Deli cater an event for me at the Capitol. The sandwiches were fresh and yummy. Their salads were fabulous. We had a pasta salad with broccoli and a potato salad. The cookies went over like crazy and the fruit and veggie trays were very nice too. The catering staff was very organized and professional. I will use them again. The prices were great too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Country House Deli
1045 E Interstate Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503
(701) 258-0459

Kirkwood Mall

Attraction

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Yes, I always go to the mall in these small towns. It kills time when I do not feel like working, and I can get some errands done even though I'm away from home. At Kirkwood, there is a Target, a tiny Marshall Fields with some bargains, JC Penney, and all the usual mall suspects like American Eagle, Bath and Body Works, a Hallmark, etc. I loved the local sporting-goods store - Sheels All Sports. I got some sassy U of ND Fighting Sioux and NDSU shirts for my family. They also had some great tennis gear marked down. A Fila skirt for $10 - that's unheard of. I always find the best bargains in the small cities. I think because there are just not as many people to snach up the bargains. Everyone i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Kirkwood Mall
Bismarck Expressway & 7th Street
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
(701) 223-3500

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The capitol is one of two in the nation without a dome and one of three that is a skyscraper. It is North Dakota's tallest building at 19 stories. It was built in simple Art Deco style in 1934 because a fire destruyed the first building in 1930. Because it was built during the Great Depression, there is no exterior ornamentation. In the main entrance hall is a display of oil paintings honoring recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award. It is given to outstanding North Dakotans who have attained accomplishments that have brought honor to the state. It includes Lawrence Welk, Peggy Lee, Roger Maris and other military heroes and entrepreneurs. The brass elevator doors are...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

North Dakota State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
(701) 328-2400

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On a drive from Fargo to Bismarck, I had to stop and see the famous White Buffalo. Her name is White Cloud. She was born in 1996 and it was a really big deal because albino buffalos are extremely rare. For the Native American tribes, it was a sign of great changes in the world. Some think of it as a blessing and others believe it is a sign of peace, prosperity, unity and hope. Well, she was hiding among the trees the day I was there, but I bought a picture of her and tell her story to a lot of people when I tell them I travel to North Dakota. Locals tell me it took a while for the herd to accept her, but eventually she roamed the prairie with her fellow bison. The Buffalo Museum co...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

National Buffalo Museum
Intersection of Highway 281 and Interstate 94
Bismarck, North Dakota 58402
(701) 252-8648

About the Writer

Laura

Laura
Chicago, Illinois