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Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Every year in March, Nome hosts the finish of one of the toughest sled dog races in the world. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,049 mile trek through some of the most extreme wilderness in the nation. The first Iditarod race was held in 1973 and has been extremely popular ever since. During the finish of the race Nome’s population grows by approximately 1,000 people and turns Nome into what people everywhere warmly refer to as the “Mardi Gras of the North”. With hundreds of events to participate in and the ability to rub elbows with some of the most notorious names in the dog mushing industry, the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome is an event not to be missed.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the race start?
When does the first musher cross the finish line in Nome?
Which route will the race run this year?
How do I purchase an AWARDS BANQUET TICKET?
When is the finish line “Burled Arch” erected on Front Street?
All of the accommodations are already booked! Where can I stay?
Are there any special events going on during the sled dog race?
How can I become a volunteer during the Iditarod?
Can I fly to Russia from Nome?
How far is it to…?
For more information on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race go to www.iditarod.com.
Housing During the Iditarod
The finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a very popular event; therefore, hotels and B&B’s tend to book up very early, some possibly a year in advance! If you are unable to find a room, the Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau may be able to help.
Each year, several Nome residents will open their private homes to people in need of a place to stay during the Iditarod, and the Visitors Center maintains a list of these individuals. Some residents may rent an entire apartment or home, and some may rent couch or floor space.
If you are unable to secure a room in a hotel or B&B, and would like to be put on a wait list for a room in someone’s private home, please call the Visitors Center at (907) 443-6555, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors Center staff cannot guarantee being able to place you in a room, but they will do the best they can!
When calling or e-mailing the Visitors Center to be placed on the wait list, please include all of the following:
1. Your Name.
2. Total number of people in your party.
3. Dates of arrival and departure.
4. Any special needs you may have.
5. Daytime telephone number. 6. E-mail address.
Local residents rent out rooms to visitors as a courtesy to enable as many people as possible the opportunity to witness the Last Great Race. If you make arrangements to stay in someone’s home, and you need to cancel, please let your host know so they can rent their room to someone else.
See our Winter Tours and Guides Page for additional activities during your visit to Nome.
Unless specified, distances to the places listed below are measured from the Nome Visitors Center. The Nome Visitors Center is located at 301 Front St., in downtown Nome, directly across from City Hall. Distances are approximate. As you can see, many of the distances are listed in tenths of a mile; therefore, many of the places in Nome are within walking distance!
|AIRPORT||Seppala Dr & Airport Rd||1.4|
|Credit Union 1||406 Warren Pl||0.2|
|Wells Fargo Bank||109A Front St.||0.2|
|Bible Baptist Church||103 East 1st Ave||0.2|
|Community United Methodist||502 West 2nd Ave||0.2|
|Nome Church of the Nazarene||3rd & Division St||0.1|
|Nome Community Baptist Church||108 West 3rd Ave||0.3|
|Nome Covenant Church||101 Bering St||<0.1|
|River of Life Assembly of God||65 Seppala Dr||0.1|
|Seventh-day Adventist||501 Round the Clock, Icy View||2.0|
|St Joseph Catholic Church||279 King Place||0.3|
|Our Savior’s Lutheran Church||5th & Bering St||0.3|
|AC Value Center||Nome-Teller Hwy||0.6|
|Hanson’s / Safeway Grocery||415 Bering St||0.2|
|HOTELS / B&Bs|
|Aurora Inn & Suites||302 East Front St||0.4|
|Angel Camp by the Sea||922 East Front St||0.9|
|Bed for a Night||206 Watch Glass Rd||1.8|
|Bering Sea B&B||1103 East 5th Ave||1.0|
|Chateau de Cape Nome||1105 East 4th Ave||0.9|
|Dredge No. 7 Inn||1700 Teller Hwy||1.4|
|LLB LLC B&B||710 East 5th Ave||0.8|
|Mai’s Guest House||610 Seppala Drive||0.3|
|Nome Sweet Homes B&B||114 West 1st Ave||0.1|
|Nugget Inn||315 Front St||<0.1|
|Old Alaska Rooms||503 Spinning Rock Rd, Icy View||2.0|
|Polaris Hotel||200 Bering St||0.1|
|Solomon B&B||Nome-Council Hwy||34|
|Sweet Dreams B&B||406 West 4th Ave||0.3|
|INTERNET ACCESS (public)|
|AC Value Center (wifi)||Nome-Teller Hwy||0.6|
|Airport Pizza (wifi)||406 Bering St||0.2|
|Kegoayah Kozga Library (wifi)||223 East Front St||<0.1|
|Polar Café (wifi)||225 East Front St||0.1|
|Airport Pizza||406 Bering St||0.2|
|Aurora Inn||302 East Front St||0.4|
|Mini Convention Center||102 River St||0.2|
|Old St. Joseph’s Hall||409 Steadman||0.2|
|Pioneer Hall||110 Front St||0.3|
|Recreation Center||2008 East 6th Ave||0.7|
|UAF Northwest Campus||400 East Front St||0.4|
|POST OFFICE||113 Front St||0.1|
|Airport Pizza||406 Bering St||0.2|
|Bering Sea Restaurant||305 Front St.||<0.1|
|Bering Tea Company||310 Bering St.||0.1|
|Golden China||231 Front St.||<0.1|
|Husky Restaurant||235 Front St.||<0.1|
|KJ’s Espresso||217 Front St.||<0.1|
|Mark’s Soap-N-Suds||Front St.||<0.1|
|Milanos Pizzeria||110 Front St.||0.1|
|Pingo Bakery||308 Bering St.||0.1|
|Polar Café||225 East Front St.||0.1|
|Polaris Bar & Grill||200 Bering St.||0.1|
|Subway / Gold Coast Cinema||135 East Front St.||0.3|
|Twin Dragon Restaurant||100 Front St.||0.2|