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4 of 5 bubbles Review of White Alice Site

White Alice Site
Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Nome
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Nome, Alaska
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

This place is awesome to look at, just imagining the history.

Visited August 2011
1 Thank GigiCImm
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Juneau, Alaska
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“An awesome way to waste an afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2011

The old radomes at the White Alice site on Anvil Mountain above Nome are iconic. If you're landing on a clear day (50/50 chance) you cannot miss them, and all new visitors invariably ask, "WHAT is THAT?" It looks like Stonehenge, but is in fact the remnants of radar/missile defense system from the 50's and 60's. There are rumors that the Air Force is going to tear down the radomes despite the objections of the town, and I sincerely hope that does not happen since they are an integral part of Nome.

You can drive up to the top of Anvil Mountain via an access road to the left off the Dexter Bypass road. It may be in extreme disrepair, but the views from the top are worth a few bumps. On top of the mountain you can drive from the old radar site to Anvil rock, and if you are adventurous down the backside of the mountain via a very narrow, one-way track. There are also numerous trails up the mountain off the Teller road behind the softball fields. The truly adventurous can climb it from the rear off Rock Creek road.

If you go during the spring, there are about 100 different species of wildflowers growing on the mountain, especially in the bowl facing town. Musk ox bulls (individuals or small herds) are pretty common on both Anvil and Newton Mountains, so don't be surprised to see them. Take a camera and a picnic lunch and enjoy views of Sledge island, Nome, and Norton Sound.

Visited May 2011
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