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My Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota

With fond memories of visiting as a child, Becky Jones Mahlum settled in the state capital, where she and her family explore museums and celebrate the town's rich culture at an annual Native American festival.

By Caren Oppenheim

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The Capitol Grounds
Mandi Carroll
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Exploring the Capitol Grounds, home of the Capitol Building, has always been a favorite family activity. We especially enjoy walking the Arboretum Trail, where you can view more than 70 different species of plants and trees. There's also the state's largest museum, the Heritage Center. The Main Gallery, with its dinosaur fossils, a tepee you can walk through, the state's constitution, and more, traces North Dakota's storied history. The life-size mammoths are also a must-see.

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