Western Alaska attractions

Beach in Nome

Golden Sands Beach

Sand zero, so to speak, of Nome’s famed gold rush, this beach is still open to recreational mining and all summer long you can watch miners set up work camps along the shore. Some will pan or open a sluice box right…
Museum in Nome

Carrie McLain Museum

Once effectively an attic of Nome 'stuff,' the Carrie McLain Museum has evolved over the years into a professionally presented museum that profiles the history of Nome and Western Alaska. Many of the institution's m…
Museum in Nome

Katirvk Cultural Center

The word 'Katirvk' comes from the Iñupiat term for 'gathering place.' In this case, the 'place' in question is a small, modern museum that explores local indigenous culture and folkways.
Landmark in Nome

Richard Foster Building

The futuristic aesthetic of this municipal building stands in stark contrast to Nome's historic homes and storefronts. Inside, you'll find the Carrie McLain Museum, Katirvk Cultural Center and Kegoayah Kozga Public …
Landmark in Nome

Swanberg's Gold Dredge

One mile east of Nome fronting the beach is this poignantly abandoned gold dredge that was in operation until the 1950s. A boardwalk with various interpretative signs traverses the tundra to allow a close-up look. I…
Landmark in Nome

Iditarod Finish-Line Arch

This imposing structure, a distinctly bent pine tree with burls, is raised over Front St every March in anticipation of the mushers and their dogsled teams ending the 1049-mile race here.
Church in Nome

St Joseph Church

Built in 1901, when there were 20,000 people living in Nome, this church and its spire were located on Front St and used as a beacon for seafarers. By the 1920s, after the population of the city had plummeted to les…
Plaza in Nome

Donald Perkins Memorial Plaza

Next to the Nome Visitor Center is this plaza, containing a collection of old mining detritus.