Information on Nome, Alaska

Information on Nome, Alaska
Nome, Alaska is located in the Behring Strait region, just south of the Arctic Circle. A commerce and transportation hub with a history of gold mining dating back to 1898 when three Swedish men discovered gold in Anvil Creek.


Nome has a population of just over 3,500 residents. Nearly half are Intuits, a tribe of Eskimo people with roots to the area dating back more than 4,000. The gold mining legacy remains as there are more than 40 abandoned gold dredges in the Nome area, and visitors can pan for gold on a beach east of town.

Iditarod Race

Every March, the city of Nome serves as the finish line of the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The race is a commemoration to a team of sled dogs and mushers who, in 1925, covered 1,150 miles to bring serum to residents of Nome who were stricken with diphtheria.

Bird Watching

Bird migration begins in spring and prime bird watching season is mid-May through mid-June. Even from a car, bird watchers can observe Pacific and Red Throat Loons, Arctic Turns and Common Redpoles among many others. Take Teller, Kougarak or Council Road for best viewing.


Rivers in the Nome area provide many fishing opportunities for salmon, pike, grayling and more. A one day fishing license can be purchased at many stores in Nome.

Winter Activities

The "Walking in Nome" handout can be found at the Visitors Center in Nome. Nome has self-guided tours that take you through historical sections of the city that survived numerous floods and fires.

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