#10. Bismarck, ND
Why Bismarck is an Awesome Place to Live: Bismarck has been named one of Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live four times — that’s how livable it is. The cost of living is affordable and the jobs are plentiful; MDU Resources is one of the city’s biggest employers and is now a Fortune 500 company.
Best Roadside Attraction Near Bismarck: The Mandan Railroad Museum, a fun stop for train lovers.
Our Favorite Road Trip Route: Bismarck to Petrified Wood Park, taking the “Enchanted Highway,” a stretch of highway with seven large pieces of roadside art. Lemmon to The Badlands Overlook and scenic loop through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Teddy Roosevelt National Park back to Bismarck, with stops at The Country Rose Cafe and Salem Sue — a 38-foot fiberglass Holstein cow that everyone needs to see once in their lifetime.