The temple in Bismarck, North Dakota is possibly the most isolated temple in the United States. The nearest temple is almost 400 miles away in Billings, Montana. The temple district covers a vast swath of land, including stakes in North and South Dakota. And in 1999, when President Hinckley visited Bismarck for the dedication of the temple, it was the first time he had been to the state. And with his visit, he officially had visited all 50 of the United States. So yes, Bismarck is out there a ways. But it has a certain midwest charm, and is the ideal size city for a lot of people: Big enough to have all the necessities, but small enough to not feel like a big city. It is often found on lists of the safest cities to live in.
The temple itself is one of the smaller temples, using the same layout as many other temples built around this same time. As many of the smaller temples do, it sits on the same property as a stake center, in a residential area to the north of Bismarck.
Though Bismarck is not large, there is plenty to do nearby. For those interested in American history, there are two great attractions about the explorers Lewis & Clark, who passed through this area as they headed toward the Pacific Ocean and met Sacagawea here. Visit the North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center or take a leisurely cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat. Or just enjoy the Missouri River without the boat, as many locals do throughout the summer. For even more kid-friendly activites, try the Dakota Zoo or Papa's Pumpkin Patch, a wonderful local tradition with lots of fun things to do in the fall and winter.
There is also a wide variety of places to eat in Bismarck, most of which are very family friendly. Head over to Erbert & Gerbert's Subs & Clubs, a place where it is almost as fun to say the name as it is to eat there. Or you can go for more exotic foods. Real Italian pizza at FireFlour Pizza or an upscale gourmet experience at Pirogue Grill. If you want to pretend you aren't 1200 miles from the ocean, try the sushi at Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Or just go for an American classic and let the Big Boy Restaurant serve you up a cheeseburger and a shake. You may be somewhat isolated from the world, but in Bismarck it is easy to feel right at home.