Iditarod Trail

This article is an itinerary.

The Iditarod Trail is the road that connects Seward, Alaska with Nome, Alaska and the rest of the Seward Peninsula.


Map of the historical and current Iditarod trails.

This road was mapped in 1908 as the Seward-to-Nome Trail. It was used to get people to the gold fields of Iditarod and Nome.


You should use a four-wheel drive vehicle. Most of the trail is unpaved between Knik and Solomon. Make sure you have a few spare tires, maybe an extra car battery, and some gasoline too. There are very few gasoline stations along the Iditarod Trail. Most towns are 50-80+ miles apart in between Ungalik and Knik. You should also carry other emergency supplies such as food and water for up to five days, and a few blankets. Do not count on your cellphone for help, as very few towns in Alaska have any cell service. Temperatures can go far below zero, so be prepared!

See Winter driving and Cold weather for more general advice.

Get in

To get in, you have to somehow get to Seward, Alaska, or Nome. You can take the Alaska Marine Highway to Seward, or fly into the Seward Airport, among other things.


The best way to go on this road is to drive.

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