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

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

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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 lying openly on the beaches is a thing of the past. It was the end point of the 1925 serum run to Nome from the port city of Seward to fight a diphtheria epidemic in town; an event which inspired the 1995 animated film Balto.

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

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Car, bus, and taxi.

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Salmon Lake

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Finish line of the Iditarod
  • Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic. 3rd Saturday in March. Golf on the frozen Bering Sea.
  • Nome Discovery Tours, +1 907 443-2814, . Pan for gold, historical or tundra tours, Eskimo village visits or customize.

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The Bering Sea in June

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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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