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Located along the Bering Sea on the southern coast of Seward Peninsula, Nome is a prominent transportation, commercial and cultural hub of Northwest Alaska (US). It was inhabited by the Native Americans since prehistoric times but emerged volcanically on the world map only after ‘Three Lucky Swedes’ struck gold here in 1898 AD, leading to a heavy influx of daily visitors. Though the madness has long subsided ever since, you can still visit this city for its dual-toned historical identity (that revolves around the Alaskan Native people and the ones that came here in search of gold), artworks with fine ivory carving, a vibrant music scene and Iditarod Sled Dog Race. If you’re visiting here during winters or spring season, looking out for the Northern Lights (or the Aurora Borealis) would top the list of all your sightseeing endeavors here.
In the winter of 1925, an epidemic raged among Alaska Natives in Nome. Its cure was a serum that was 537 miles away in Anchorage but there was no way to fly it to Nome because of a raging snow storm. This life-saving serum was then delivered by some dog sled teams. Every year in March since 1973, the city hosts a 1049-mile stretch through some of the harshest terrains to mark this historic event. Also of note are two weeks of festivities that celebrate the significance of this iconic and near-impossible feat that had once saved the city.The Iron Dog Snowmachine Race
The Iron Dog Snowmachine Race is an off-road snowmobile race across Alaska and is the longest high speed cross-country snow machine race in the world. Its route and distance change from time to time, but on an average it hovers around the 2000 mile mark. Nome lies in the middle of this race that runs through some of the most extreme wilderness in America and normally starts in February or March.The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum
Caroline ‘Carrie’ Mary Stipek (1895-1973) served as the Nome City Clerk for fourteen years and wrote two books about life on the Seward Peninsula. During the 1950s, she also travelled extensively around the region collecting oral histories, photographs, ivory artworks and other artifacts related to regional history. The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is the result of her painstaking efforts and it now houses over 15000 artifacts, 12000 photographic prints and negatives and scores of other collectibles.