Whether you're an Iditarod race fan, a cross-country skier or an avid birdwatcher, you will find plenty of things to do in northern Alaska. Nome is a great destination for those who love the outdoors or sports.
Nome, which sits on the edge of the Bering Sea, is an important central hub for Northwest Alaska. Created by the gold rush of 1899, Nome is also famous for the 1925 dog sled trip that saved its residents from an epidemic of diphtheria by bringing serum to the town. If you fly to Nome in the winter, you can celebrate the annual fundraising Fireman's Carnival in December, the halfway ceremonies and banquet of the Iron Dog Snowmachine Race in February or the Iditarod, the famous dog-sled race, which ends on Nome's Front Street in March. There are two solid weeks of festivities celebrating this event, during which you can see the Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic, pool and dart tournaments, an arts and crafts fair and a basketball tournament.
If you fly into Nome Municipal Airport (OME), it's a 2-mile jaunt to Nome itself, which is the heart of all these activities and more. December through March, high temperatures will be in the teens, with below-zero temperatures at night. In summer, the temperatures only reach the mid-50s. Nome is paradise for birdwatchers in late spring, and June hosts the Midnight Sun Parade. July visitors will enjoy the annual July 4th parade and festivities. Nome's stunning Garden Tour happens in August, and cross-country skiing is popular in the milder late-winter months of March and April.
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