North Dakota State Capitol Building, Bismarck

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Must see · Government Building · Tourist Spot
The North Dakota State Capitol is the house of government of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The Capitol, a 21 story tower, is in Bismarck at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, on a 160acre campus that is the site of many other government buildings. The capitol building and the surrounding office buildings house the state's legislative and judicial branches, as well as many government agencies.
The State Capitol is largely surrounded by state government buildings. The parks, walking trails, and monuments on the grounds give visitors information about the state's history, making it one of the city's tourist attractions. Six buildings exist on the grounds; all built during various time periods as the government grew. Not all state agencies are housed on the grounds, however: a large number are spread throughout the city in various facilities. Plans for a massive expansion and improvement of the grounds were developed in 2000, but very little of the plan has been implemented as of 2012.
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  • I really enjoy visiting state capitol buildings. This one was no exception. It is unique as it is only one of four tower capitols in the USA. Inside is very art deco. You can pick up the self guide...  more »
  • Although the ND Capitol is the tallest building in the state and towers over Bismarck, it isn't very impressive from the outside. Inside, though, it's filled with fantastic art deco architectural...  more »
  • Another stamp in the boys state capitol books 😉 The elevators are a bit high tech here with a touch screen to request an elevator going up to the observatory floor (or back down). There's a bit to see here (mostly photos and views from the observatory) and the ND Heritage Center is a quick walk from the Capitol building. I'll boost a review with pics for the heritage center separately since they are technically two separate areas.
  • A practical but beautiful state capitol building. Guided tours are available during limited hours but self guided tours are allowed as well. Visitors can access the observation level on the 18th floor for nice views of the town. Both chambers of the house and Senate are also open to view.

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