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Located on the edge of the Bering Sea on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula, Nome is a vital hub for Northwest Alaska.
Nome became known when gold was discovered in the late 1800’s by “The Three Lucky Swedes”, however long before the gold rush, it is home of the Inupiaq Eskimo tribe. The Inupiaq have a history of survival living a subsistence lifestyle that many live to this day highlight the vibrancy of the Eskimo culture. The culture today manifests itself in the world's finest ivory carving, vibrant drum/vocal music and some of the best Eskimo dancing in Alaska.
The region has 350 miles of roads that are open from mid May until the end of October. The roads allow the traveler to get out into the spectacular tundra which beginning in June blooms with wonderful wild flowers and ends with magnificent fall colors in September and October.
This place is a magnet for bird watchers, during summer months draws in over 200 species of birds to the area. Nome is also the finish line for toughest dog race – the Iditarod which has a ceremonial start in Anchorage with official time start in Willow in March each year covering over 1000 miles of harsh terrain and weather of southwest Alaska.