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Address: 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505

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Used to be better

Great views from the top, but only a few years back I remember getting the whole 360 view. Now there's a cafe up so the view is limited. Still, a great experience. Nothing like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Laid back atmosphere. Good food! cold drinks. Great service. Rich in the bar always treats us with a smile. Our favorite place to go after a golf game or a "I'm too lazy to cook" day!

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Port Angeles, Washington
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101 reviews 101 reviews
27 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I've been to many state capitol buildings, and by far, this is the ugliest, most boring, tepid, taupe, institutional, colossal, structure I've ever seen. The parking lot/grounds could easily double as several football fields, and there is certainly no 'wow' factor here. Fairly sure it would serve well as a nuclear fallout shelter. Due to its absurdly boring appearance, it... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great views from the top, but only a few years back I remember getting the whole 360 view. Now there's a cafe up so the view is limited. Still, a great experience. Nothing like seeing for miles in every direction.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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224 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Most people that I know don't like the North Dakota State Capitol Building, and I can't understand why. I think it's one of the two most unique state capitol buildings in the lower-48; along with architect Bertram Goodhue's fantastic example in Lincoln, NE. The story behind the North Dakota building is as interesting as the architecture itself is. I stop... More 

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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109 reviews 109 reviews
66 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

There is nothing amazing or outstanding about this capital. Its tall considering the rest of the plains but head across the road where the good stuff is.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you've never been to the ND State Capitol, take the time to go and take the tour. It is very unique in that it is 18 stories tall and built for efficiency yet beauty. It was built in the 1930's during the Great Depression at a total cost of about $2 million. No expense was spared, however, with brass,... More 

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Bismarck
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I may be biased in this, because I love history and I love North Dakota; but I think the state capital is very interesting! From the portraits of famous people from North Dakota, to the wheat details in the main hall, to the very top floor (where the view is great); the capital is a fun day trip. And make... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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96 reviews 96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Made it - this was my 50th state and 50th Capitol to visit. Beautiful grounds and beautiful architecture with the building. Had a tour guide name Darlene (if I recall correctly), she was a hoot and provided a wonderful tour. Had me laughing a lot. She knew her stuff about the building and about all the people within it. At... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We took a group of 8 high school students and 3 adults to visit the ND state capitol. We had a great time taking the tour. Our guide was informative and kept things fun. She really knew her stuff. She took us to various areas of the building including the house and senate chambers and the supreme court. The view... More 

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Regina, Canada
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Interesting in that they pretty much used a standard office tower as the "capitol building"... nothing to see here... someone from ND should go check out some capital architecture next door to see how it's supposed to be done, and start from scratch. The nearby McDonald's was surprisingly modern though...

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