Nome, Alaska

Nome rests on the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula in western Alaska, along the Norton Sound. The town formed in 1891 as a gold-mining camp called Anvil Creek, and attracted thousands of Gold Rush prospectors. But people lived there long before that. The Inupiag Eskimo people still inhabit Nome, as they have for 10,000 years. You can encounter their fine ivory carving, and see performances of their vibrant drum-vocal music and spectacular dances.

Take a drive on 73-mile Council Road along Nome's beautiful wild coast. In the summer months, 200 species of birds migrate into Nome. And in autumn, migrating cranes and swans again fill the skies on their journey south. Nome's roads will lead you into the spectacular tundra, which blooms with wild flowers in June and comes alive with fall colors in September and October.

Every March, Nome hosts the finish line 'Mardi Gras of the North" event for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - a 1,049 mile dogsled trek through Alaskan wilderness.

Husky Restaurant on Front Street specializes in Japanese food and a good halibut sandwich. For breakfast, try the fresh blueberry pancakes and reindeer sausage at Airport Pizza on Bering Street.

Photo 2 Photographer: Kristen Kemmerling