Why This Trip?
This is your chance to experience Alaska's dramatic Arctic landscape—and it's surprisingly easy. You can fly from Anchorage to Nome in under two hours, then rent a car and drive 3 scenic highways, each about 75 miles long and requiring about 2 hours to cover. Explore a wilderness filled with unique wildflowers and wildlife, as well as vistas that stretch out for miles, with clear rivers and a rich history along the way.
Fly from Anchorage to Nome
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Since you can't drive to Nome from Anchorage, hop a flight; it's just 1 hour and 45 mins by jet. Here you can pick up your rental car and acquaint yourself with the town. You'll be spending the next 3 days on magical road trips in the surrounding countryside.
Drive the Nome-Council Road
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Your first drive is the Nome-Council Highway, which runs east of Nome 72 miles to the town of Council and takes 2 hours one-way without stops. Check out coastal flats, grasslands, and wide beaches (get out and beachcomb!) as you follow the Bering Sea coast. Bird-watch and see the last stop on the Iditarod, as well as the remnants of a train that’s been around for more than 100 years! While you won’t find many people in Council, you will see some old log cabins, making it fun to walk around.
Drive from Nome to Teller Road
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Next up is the Nome-Teller Road, which travels 73 miles northwest and also takes about 2 hours one-way without stops. One cool thing about this drive: You’ll end up farther west than nearly everyone in the U.S.—just 55 miles from Russia! You’ll also be close to the ancient migration route of the Bering Strait Land Bridge. Take in the spectacular scenery and explore Teller, which used to be a boomtown but is now home to fewer than 300 people. Be sure to pick up some handcrafted Native souvenirs!
Drive the Nome-Taylor Road
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On your final full day up north, you’ll take the Nome-Taylor Road—about 85 miles long, this drive also takes around 2 hours one-way without stops. Look for old mining remnants from Gold Rush days as you cruise through the spectacular landscape, stopping for a short hike to a waterfall and at expansive Salmon Lake. You can even take a side trip to a hot springs, which makes for one of the most stunning views along the entire Nome road system.