Welcome to Bismarck
Like the surrounding plains of wheat, Bismarck, North Dakota's capital, has a quick and bountiful summer. Otherwise, it's a place that hunkers down for the long winters, where temperature averages drop to -4°F (-20°C). The compact downtown has a modest collection of shops and restaurants; the sprawl that radiates out from it is rather uninspiring. The industrial adjoining city of Mandan is just west across the Missouri River.