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Nome, Alaska, situated near the Arctic Circle on the Bering Sea coastline in Alaska’s Far North started life as a ‘wild west’ tent city during the Alaska Gold Rush and still retains some of the ‘period atmosphere’ today. Self-drive visitors can experience the thrill of exploring Alaska’s “last frontier” where gold prospectors can still be seen working sluice boxes on Nome’s beaches. Around the world, Nome is also famous as the finish line for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the epic 1,000-mile winter dog sledding race across Alaska from Anchorage. And with round-the-clock daylight during the summer, you can set your own schedule for wildlife viewing and other.
Alaska’s Seward Peninsula where Nome is located is a beautiful sub-arctic region of mountains, tundra, and remote valleys. Alaska birders will find the region rich in rare and unusual species and outdoor enthusiasts will love the nature and pristine environment of this area. Animal lovers may see musk ox (a species left over from prehistoric times), moose, and caribou. You can take an easy drive to the tiny subsistence village of Teller, where the traditional Eskimo way of life still exists. Pilgrim Springs and Council are also fascinating destinations. Alaska’s history is everywhere – old roadhouses and even Wyatt Earp’s original cabin may be found in Dexter. Roads are gravel and well maintained. The hotel on this Nome-Bering Land Bridge tour is comfortable and a perfect base for three nights. Nome has several restaurants, bars, and grocery stores.
Anchorage to Nome
Transfer on your own to the Anchorage Airport in the early morning. Around 7:30am, depart Anchorage on a scheduled flight to Nome. Upon arrival in Nome take a taxi (on own) to the vehicle rental location to pick up your SUV vehicle and start touring! Drive north to Teller, through the sub-arctic country and the Kigluaik Mountains. Teller is a fascinating traditional village where native handicrafts may be purchased from the local people. Overnight Nome.
Spend the day touring the Nome - Council Highway that follows the coastline of the Bering Sea. Looking west on a clear day, you can see the Russian coast just across the Bering Strait. The highway ends at the Niukluk River, near the tiny settlement of Council. Overnight Nome.
Summer in these latitudes brings around-the-clock daylight; drive day or night in sunlight! Traveling the Nome - Taylor highway takes you north through Kigluaik Mountains to Kougarok. Plan to visit Salmon Lake or Pilgrim Hot Springs for a picnic en route. The raw beauty of the land is waiting to be experienced; no other self-drive tour captures this magic. Recommended highly for birding enthusiasts and nature lovers. Overnight Nome.
Nome to Anchorage
"There is no place like Nome" as the locals say! In the early morning, drop off your rental vehicle today before departing on a scheduled return flight to Anchorage. (Flight departure from Nome typically is around 10:00am.)
NOTES: 1) Roads: All roads are gravel roads but well maintained. In the spring during the breakup and after heavy rain fall, roads can be rougher than usual. 2) Rental vehicle: Valid driver's license and credit card required for car rental in Nome. Rental vehicles may not appear to be the usual quality as elsewhere, but are reliable and well maintained. 3) Accommodation: The included accommodation is located outside of Nome. It is located on the Teller Highway approx. 1.5 to 2 miles from the Nome airport and offers travelers a unique experience.
To complete this reservation we will need for each person: Full name including middle name(s), gender, and date of birth.
The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.
If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.
The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.
All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.