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.
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.