Start your day by flying to Nome, where you will be spending the next two nights. After settling in, take the day to work a local creek for gold. Nome tour companies offer a variety of gold panning experiences, and many can combine a day of gold-seeking with fishing or a visit to historical buildings and cabins from the early 1900s. To learn more about the gold rush that drove settlement in Nome, visit the city-owned Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum on Front Street. This small museum is packed with artifacts and stories of the gold rush, Alaska Native culture and dog mushing, including the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Take a photo in front of the largest gold pan in the United States and the famous burled arch that marks the end of the Iditarod, both located in downtown Nome, or spend a few hours beachcombing along the coast where the Bering Sea meets the Seward Peninsula. Some of the gold mining equipment you'll see sitting on the beach or moored in shallow waters is still in use.
Start your second day in Nome with a journey along the Teller Highway, a 72-mile-long highway that follows the Kigluaik Mountains until reaching the Inupiat village of Teller. This highway provides stunning views of the nearby mountain range, the Bering Sea, wildlife and travels through areas home to some of the earliest gold mining in the country. After returning to Nome from Teller, there are also a variety of tours and things to do to round out your day.
Spend your morning at a relaxing pace while exploring more of the city before departing Nome.
Want to spend more time experiencing the history of Alaska's gold mines? Then check out this itinerary that visits Fairbanks, Girdwood and Nome.