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Nome is a city in the Arctic region of Alaska. It is a town of about 4,000 people, about half of whom are Alaska natives. It is the transportation and commerce center for Northwest Alaska. It also is the western terminus of the Iditarod Trail.

Nome and the Bering Sea

UnderstandEdit

ClimateEdit

The Nome region has a tundra climate, with cool summers and very cold winters.

Nome (Alaska)
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See Nome's 7 day forecast    Data from NOAA (1981-2010)
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HistoryEdit

Nome's main claim to fame is a gold rush that happened at the turn to the twentieth century and caused the population to grow to over 20,000. There is still gold and mining but the gold literally lying openly on the beaches is a thing of the past.

Visitor informationEdit

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Nome Airport (OME IATA). This is the only way to get into Nome other than the Iditarod Trail, as the rest of the roads in Nome do not connect to other parts of Alaska. Nome Airport offers flights to Anchorage and many smaller places in Alaska.    

By shipEdit

Cruise Ship: There are a couple cruise ships a year that stop in Nome as part of a trip through the Northwest Passage.

Get aroundEdit

Car, bus, and taxi.

SeeEdit

 
Salmon Lake

DoEdit

 
Finish line of the Iditarod
  • Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic. 3rd Saturday in March. Golf on the frozen Bering Sea.
  • Alaska Wilderness Expeditions, +1 907 443-7231, fax: +1 907 443-2573, . River kayak touring. 7, 10, and 14-day trips for groups of 4-6 people, from flat water floats up to class III rivers.
  • Steve's Guide Service, +1-907-443-2880 (day), +1-907-443-7929 (evenings). Full or half day fishing trips for 1-5 persons, short evening trips, all tackle and bait provided.
  • Jade's Arctic Grizzlies, +1 907 443-2083. The area has one of the largest bear populations in Alaska, depending on the season, hunt for moose, ptarmigan or caribou. Fishing trips and bird hunting also arranged. Photographer excursions are welcome.
  • Nome Discovery Tours, +1 907 443-2814, . Pan for gold, historical or tundra tours, Eskimo village visits or customize.

BuyEdit

 
The Bering Sea in June

EatEdit

  • 1 Milano's Pizzeria, 2824 Front St, +1 907 443-2924.
  • 2 Subway, 135 East Front St, +1 907 443-8100.
  • Polar Café, 205 West Front St, +1 907-443-2661.

DrinkEdit

 
A reindeer in the bed of a pickup truck outside the Nome Liquor Store and Grocery in 2009

SleepEdit

Go nextEdit

  • Council — No-one has lived in Council since 1990. However, the population can pass 100 in summer, when inhabitants of Nome drive to Council to stay in one of the abandoned homes as a vacation home. It is accessible via the Nome-Council Highway, a 72-mile dirt road, in a pretty wooded valley.
  • Solomon — a tiny town that is next on the Iditarod Trail
  • Teller — at 200, a sizable town for this part of Alaska, near the Bering Strait and accessible via the beautiful 70-mile dirt Nome-Teller Highway


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