Visit Nome Alaska, set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula and overlooking the Bering Sea, Nome may well be Alaska’s most exciting destination for independent adventurers. It’s about as far away as you can get in Alaska while still enjoying the conveniences of the modern world. It offers an incredible mix of Native culture, rugged Alaskan adventure, dramatic scenery, world-class sporting events, rich history, and small-town friendly. Nome is just 90 minutes by jet from Anchorage, but its remote location and 350 miles of roads radiating from town mean you can drive deep into some of Alaska’s most scenic, pristine country. With no trees to speak of, you can see forever across a gentle landscape of rolling tundra, crystal clear rivers, and wide sandy beaches. Chances are you’ll spot muskoxen, reindeer, and other wildlife—but not many other cars. When that happens, you can be sure you’ll get a wave from the friendly locals. Also visit more great Alaska beach locations by <<Clicking Here.>> Start planning your visit to Nome Alaska here. Need to know what to pack for your Alaskan Vacation? << Click Here >>
Nome Weather (When to Visit)
The best time for visiting Nome is from late May through mid-August for the fairest weather, with average temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F. Summer brings extended daylight, with 19 hours of sunshine on June 21. June is the best month for dry weather and blooming flowers, although mosquitoes are out. Autumn weather patterns bring frequent rain, cool weather and clouds, with clear weather hit-or-miss. December to March is a busy time for activities and outdoor winter recreation for those bold enough to bundle up.
The peak tourist season runs from July to mid-August, when hotels and places like Denali National Park are packed with people. Since operators have a short season to make their money, they charge high prices during these months. Off-season pricing doesn’t begin until after Labor Day and ends before Memorial Day. Cruise ports are bustling from May through October. The best shoulder months to see Alaska are May and September, when there are reduced crowds and relatively pleasant weather.
Alaska is home to one-of-a-kind events such as the Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile Race in mid-February, the March 50-km Tour of Anchorage Nordic Ski Race, the March Iditarod Dog Sled Race and the April Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic. There also are some truly bizarre community events to check out, like the Cordova Iceworm Festival in February, the Mid-March Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic in Nome or the April Piuraagiaqta Spring Festival in Barrow.
Nome Area Attractions
When you walk along the beaches of Nome between the Bering Sea and Front Street, it’s hard to imagine this place was once covered in tents, stretching for 30 miles up and down the coast. This beach has seen dramatic fall storms hurtle chunks of ice into the city and wipe out man-made structures. The seawall here, which extends about a third of a mile, was built to protect the city from such storms. In late fall, you can see the tide come in like a slushy, as the water turns to ice. The ocean then transforms into pack ice, creating an icy, snowy vista that encases the city for months on end. Here you can watch dog teams swiftly mushing along the ice and snow, planes landing, and crab fisherman snow machining out to check their pots. After the holidays, you can see the “Nome National Forest” sprout up off-shore. When the ice breaks up in late May, birds flock in, and beach sands are gradually revealed. In summer Nome-ites explore the beach for driftwood and sea glass, build bonfires, and watch the amazing sunset over the Bering Sea.
Located on the ground floor of the Nome Public Library, the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum offers a wide variety of displays and historic pictures that allow visitors to enjoy Nome’s fascinating history. Nome’s only museum showcases the history of the Nome Gold rush from the discovery of gold by the Three Lucky Swedes in 1898 to the rush of more than 20,000 people to Nome in 1900. Visitors will also discover the lifestyles and art of the Bering Strait Eskimo and learn about the 1925 serum run that became the basis of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
One mile east of Nome fronting the beach is this poignantly abandoned gold dredge that was in operation until the 1950s. A boardwalk with various interpretative signs traverses the tundra to allow a close-up look. In the evening, herds of musk ox can sometimes be seen in the nearby fields.
Pilgrim Hot Springs is a subarctic oasis full of tundra trees and bubbling hot springs found about 7 miles off of Kougarok Road. From a distance you see pine trees, balsam poplar trees swaying in the wind, and a few old buildings. You can explore the abandoned buildings that look like a nuclear bomb hit nearby with old rusted bikes out in the grass, or you can try to take a dip in the hot springs.
Sand zero, so to speak, of Nome’s famed gold rush, this beach is still open to recreational mining and all summer long you can watch miners set up work camps along the shore. Some will pan or open a sluice box right on the beach, while the more serious rig a sluice and dredging equipment onto a small pontoon boat and anchor it offshore.
Best Nome Area (throughout Alaska) Tours & Activities by Viator
Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
Go far off the beaten track on this small-group tour that takes you along one of the world’s most isolated roads. Travel into the Alaskan wilderness along the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the way back, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights. Learn more about the Arctic Circle & Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks.
Misty Fjords National Monument Float Plane Tour
Admire the glassy blue lakes, waterfalls, and snow capped peaks of Misty Fjords National Monument on this shore excursion from Ketchikan. Capture bird’s-eye views of varied landscapes and spot eagles, bears and plenty of other wildlife. But that’s not all—your aerial adventure, limited to just six people per plane, includes landing on a lake or fjord. Learn more about the Misty Fjords National Monument Float Plane Tour.
Juneau Helicopter Tour & Ice Field Walk
When your ship anchors in Juneau port, get ready for a shore excursion pumped with adventure and incredible views. First, soar by helicopter over Juneau Icefield, and then land on Herbert Glacier to explore the remote landscape by foot. Learn about the surrounding Alaskan wilderness and capture memorable shots during your ice field walk. Round-trip port transport included. Learn more about the Juneau Helicopter Tour & Ice Field Walk.
Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna
Soar over Denali National Park’s glaciers on this flightseeing tour from Talkeetna, and see all sides of Denali Mountain (formerly Mt McKinley). Snap photos of this ancient world of rugged mountains, snowcapped peaks and glacier-filled valleys — including Ruth Glacier, Sheldon Amphitheater and the Great Gorge with its mile-high granite walls. Upgrade to land on a glacier for a walkabout in one of more remote spots in the world. This small-group tour is limited to just six passengers, making for a memorable experience. Learn more about the Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour.
Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour from Ketchikan
If you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show ‘Deadliest Catch,’ you saw the Aleutian Ballad, a commercial fishing boat, escape a rogue wave in the Bering Sea. On this fisherman’s tour from Ketchikan, hop aboard the Aleutian Ballad and navigate through the tranquil, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with a seasoned fishing crew, and marvel at the variety of marine creatures caught in barrel pots and hauled up on deck. Touch some of the catch, take photos, and listen to entertaining sea lore. Learn more about the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour.
Best Nome Restaurants
Bering Sea Bar & Grill $11 – 30
Is this the best sushi we’ve ever had? No, but it’s the only sushi we’ve had overlooking the icy Bering Sea, and that’s something. You can also grub on not-so-Japanese but very Alaskan favorites like chili cheese fries, mushroom burgers and nachos. For more information call 907-443-4900, or visit them on the web at Bering Sea Bar & Grill.
Polar Cafe $11 – 30
This popular waterfront eatery serves straightforward food that hits the spot – at least in Nome. As a bonus it has open views of the Bering Sea, friendly service and a $10 salad bar. For more information call 907-443-5191, or visit them on the web at Polar Cafe.
Milano’s Pizzaria $11 – 30
Despite the name, Milano’s serves way more than pizza. This local favorite slings subs, cheese steaks, tempura, teriyaki, spaghetti, sushi, ramen and (why not?) a lobster dinner. The pizza itself is also pretty damn good. For more information call 907-443-2924, or visit them on the web at Milano’s Pizzaria.
Husky Restaurant $11 – 30
This cheap (by Nome standards) and cheerful diner does up platters of gyoza, chicken katsu, teriyaki and the usual Arctic slate of burgers and sandwiches. For more information call 907-443-1300, or visit them on the web at Husky Restaurant.
Pingo Bakery $11 – 30
For Pingo shout ‘bingo!,’ especially if you arrive on a day when this precious little cafe is open. Best way to find out? Follow your nose. You’ll catch the heady aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns long before you see the flashing neon sign. Snack-seekers grab the croissants, cookies and big buns. Those with larger appetites tackle the roasted halibut pizza. For more information call 907-387-0654, or visit them on the web at Pingo Bakery.
Best Nome Bar
Board of Trade Saloon
They have a great selection of drinks on our new menu. From their locals favorites to their new drinks, they’re sure you can find something you will like. They have pool tables, bean bag toss boards, a large dance floor and stage for bands and other entertainment. There’s something for everyone here. From their Poker and Game nights, Karaoke, Pool Tournaments or our Mid Week Dance Parties. Which ever you choose, you’ll have a great time! Stop in and see why they’ve been around for over 100 years. Telephone: 907-443-2611 Web: Board of Trade Saloon.
Best Nome Hotels
Dredge No.7 Inn
The Dredge No. 7 Inn is a new state–of-the-art lodging in Nome, Alaska with Historical turn-of-the Century ambiance. The suites are appointed with Mining names and decor, Historical photos and Mining memorabilia from the turn of the century in Nome. All suites have private baths, kitchen facilities and private use refrigerators in rooms unless noted. Most of the suites have a shared commons/kitchen that includes a cable flat screen TV, reclining chairs, couches and kitchen. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Dredge No.7 Inn.
Angel Camp By The Sea Bed & Breakfast
Welcome to Angel Camp by the Sea located in Nome, Alaska. Their beautiful bed and breakfast is located right on Front Street, the end of the Iditarod. Amenities include free WiFi, continental breakfast, cable TV, washer & dryer, ocean views, and a private entry. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Angel Camp by the Sea.
Nome Nugget Inn
Their 47-room hotel provides a restful place to stay in the heart of Nome, Alaska. From the moment you step into the lobby, the special historic atmosphere of the Nome Nugget Inn will pull you back into the days of the Gold Rush and the great Iditarod Dogsled races. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Nome Nugget Inn.
Bering Sea Bed & Breakfast
Bering Sea Bed and Breakfast provides comfortable lodging in a warm and friendly environment. Located on the East end of town, Bering Sea Bed and Breakfast has a wonderful view of the beautiful Bering Sea. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Bering Sea Bed & Breakfast.
Aurora Inn & Suites
Aurora Inn is situated on the oceanfront overlooking the Bering Sea, and at the quiet end of town. In winter it provides a warm and cozy retreat within the glittering frozen landscape and in summer it’s a luxurious base from which you can see a multitude of things. They offer 52 of the best hotel rooms in Nome, Alaska. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Aurora Inn & Suites.