Out to capture the meeting group that is looking for a change of pace? Consider the meetings-friendly city of Bismarck. Bismarck event venues offer convenience and accessibility in one of the safest cities in the nation. And here's an interesting meeting statistic: Evening and social functions in Bismarck are particularly well attended, as many meeting delegates attend events as a way to explore the city.
Bismarck Airport, on the south side of the city, is served by Delta, United, Frontier, and Allegiant airlines. Most hotels offer free shuttle service.
Chief among meeting venues, Bismarck Civic Center is located in the heart of downtown, across from the area's largest shopping mall and within walking distance of several hotels and many restaurants. The city's major meeting facility, the Bismarck Civic Center, provides 80,000 square feet of meeting space, arena seating for up to 10,000, two exhibit areas of 48,000 square feet and 32,000 square feet, and 20 breakout rooms.
There are 800 guest rooms within walking distance of the Civic Center, in addition to 2,100 guest rooms in the metro area that are within 15 minutes of each other and the airport. Hotel venues in Bismarck include the 306-room Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel, with 28,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 215-room Radisson Hotel Bismarck, with 12,000 square feet of meeting space.
Bismarck's downtown core is surrounded by the 70-mile-long trail system (which connects all parts of the Bismarck-Mandan metro area) and is just minutes away from distinctive group activities like the Lewis & Clark Riverboat. Meetings will have another option when the $52-million expansion, currently under way at the North Dakota Heritage Center, is finished in the fall of 2014.
One of Bismarck's most popular special event venues is Ft. Lincoln State Park, where visitors can tour the home of George and Libby Custer at the 7th Cavalry and On-A-Slant Indian Village. Classically, a special event dinner centers on Bismarck-Mandan's famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue. The group watches as the western chefs prepare fifteen steaks at a time - fondue style on a pitchfork. This event is typically outside, but the Commissary can hold 175 people for inside seating.
When dining in Bismarck, meeting delegates can also enjoy local history at two restaurants. Peacock Alley American Grill & Bar is in a restored historic downtown building and features notable Bismarck photographs, stained glass windows and many of the buildings original solid wood furnishings. The Bistro-An American Cafe, considered the region's finest eatery and known for its regional Italian cuisine and modern dishes cooked over red oak on an open grill, is located in a century-old carriage house.