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Nome

Getting there & around

Nome is serviced by Alaska Airlines (443-2288, 800-468-2248; www.alaskaair.com), which offers at least three daily flights from Anchorage for about $430. Two of those flights also route through Kotzebue; visiting both Bush communities will cost you around $530. If you want to fly to Nome from Fairbanks, you can go direct aboard Frontier Flying Service (450-7200; 800-478-6779; www.frontierflying.com) six days a week for about $380.

Many people see Nome on package tours. Alaska Airlines runs day trips out of Anchorage for $395 (including airfare and a Nome Tour and Marketing excursion) and overnight stays for $515 (including airfare, tour, and lodging at the Nugget Inn).

Once on the ground, Nome's airport is a little more than a mile from town. If the day is nice, it's a pleasant walk. If not, a cab ride is $5 per person.

Only two places in Nome rent cars. Both offer unlimited mileage in an area of the state where there is very limited mileage. Stampede Rent-A-Car (443-3838, 800-354-4606; cnr Front St & Moore Way) is in the Aurora Inn and offers SUVs and pickups for $90 a day. Alaska Cab Garage (443-2939; at 4th Ave & Steadman St) has pickups, 4WD pickups and Suburbans for $75 to $85 a day. When budgeting for a rental, keep in mind that gas in Nome is extremely spendy.

Hitchhiking is possible, and locals are really good about picking people up. But you must be patient - and willing to sit in the back of an open pickup on very dusty roads.