A little more than a week after the mushers leave Anchorage (and then Willow) on their way to Nome, the focus shifts to this western Alaskan town on the shores of Norton Sound. The lead mushers arrive in Nome on Tuesday, but race fans start arriving a day or two before.
Our guests generally head to Nome on Monday, but some like to go out on Sunday, and visit with friends and explore the town. In our packages, we arrange home stays for our guests. Hotel rooms for the Iditarod are booked years in advance, and it is almost impossible to book them in a time frame that works for our clients. So we work with a small group of locals in Nome who open their homes every year for our guests. We also suggest that our guests rent a car while in Nome – the town isn’t that large, but it isn’t terribly pedestrian-friendly in winter.
As the leading mushers approach the town, everyone heads down to line Front Street and greet the winning musher.
Most of our guests stay in Nome until Thursday morning, and then start catching flights back to Anchorage and then on to their homes from there.
We get a number of inquiries every year for people who want to head to Nome for the finish of the race… but in general, we can’t arrange lodging in Nome unless it is a part of a complete race package.
If you’re interested in having us arrange your Iditarod package, give us a call at (877) 692-5275 or +19073342888. Or you can go to our website and complete our form, and we’ll get back to you!
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