Want to learn all about the history of our great city? Just ask Annette Willis, Owner of Bismarck Tour Company. She has an array of exciting tours for you to take this summer, some may even include beer ;)
The following tours run from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but private tours can booked for groups. Reservations are required and can be confirmed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting 701-226-1950.
Haunted History Downtown Bismarck
Guides: Stacy Sturm and company
1 hour / $15 per person
What’s better than walking around downtown talking about outlaws, prostitutes, fires, drinking, and debauchery? Taking it all underground, of course! Traverse Bismarck’s historic tunnels and learn more about the city on a whole new level.
Friday, May 26 at 5pm, 6pm a 7pm
Saturday, May 27 at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
More summer dates coming soon!
Historic Downtown Bismarck Walking Tour
1 hour / $15
Guide: Dana Morrison
Stroll historic streets of Bismarck and hear tales of hearty souls who, at least for a while, called this place home. Walk the terrain of the Mandans and Lakotas, traders, raiders, railroad riders, soldiers and soiled doves. Tread the streets of Murderer's Gulch in a town once known as the Wickedest Town in the West.
Sundays at 4pm
June 11 and 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
August 6, 13, 20 and 27
St. Mary's Cemetery Tour
1 hour / $15 per person
Guides: Mike Gilbertson/ Annette Willis
Learn more about some of the 7,551 souls inhabiting this historic cemetery. Learn stories about Bismarck notables like Alexander McKenzie, Bismarck's first city developer, Linda Slaughter, and Grant Marsh.
Every other Thursday at 8pm
July 6 and 20
August 3, 17, and 31
Germans-from-Russia History Tour
Guide: Paulette Bullinger
5 hours / $95 per person
North Dakota was the destination of approximately 70,000 German-speaking settlers from the Volga river region and from German villages in what is now the Ukraine. Travel from Bismarck to the Lawrence Welk State Homestead with plenty of stops at stunning churches and iron-cross cemeteries along the way. Include transportation, lunch, and snack (hint: it's kuchen!)
Sundays from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Step-On-Guide City Circle Tour
Guides: Harvey Schilling / Annette Willis
2 hours / customized rates
We’ll “step-on” your tour bus to join your group, take over the mic, and show you Bismarck’s best. This 2 hour excursion offers a complete overview of historic and modern day Bismarck .
Booked on request
Native American Tour
Guide: Dakota Goodhouse
Customized based on time
Explore the culture of the Mandan Indians who lived along the riverbanks. Visit an earthlodge village and an active archeological site, with a final stop at Five Nations Arts featuring hand-crafted artwork created by local Native Americans.