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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Iditarod.

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Around Iditarod ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Shageluk. It is located about 46 miles [74 km] to the west of where Iditarod would have been located. Shageluk has a population of 81 people.<1>

Below is a sample of neighboring communities: Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Iditarod and not the distance if driven.<2>

Community   DirectionDistance
Crooked Creek   [Map]     S   46 miles [74 km]
Flat   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]

Curious and Interesting Names Near Iditarod ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some names catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Crooked Creek   -   46 miles [74 km] to the South of Iditarod   [Map]
Discovery   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Flat   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Moore Creek   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alaska

    Alaska Tourism
    Parks for Alaska

    Fishing in Alaska
    Hunting in Alaska


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alaska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alaska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alaska

Airports Near Iditarod ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Iditarod.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Flat Airport   [Map]   FLT   SSE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Crooked Creek Airport(IATA:CKD)   [Map]   CJX   S   46 miles [74 km]
Shageluk Airport(SHX/PAHX)   [Map]   SHX   WNW   47 miles [75.6 km]
Red Devil Airport(IATA:RDV)   [Map]   RDV   SSE   57 miles [91.7 km]
Holy Cross Airport(HCR/PAHC)   [Map]   HCA   WSW   59 miles [95 km]
Aniak Airport(ANI/PANI)   [Map]   ANI   SW   81 miles [130.4 km]
McGrath Airport(MCG/PAMC)   [Map]   MCG   ENE   83 miles [133.6 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Iditarod.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Iditarod. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   ESE   279 miles [449 km]
Homer Airport(HOM/PAHO)   [Map]   HOM   SE   297 miles [478 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Aniak Airport(ANI/PANI)   [Map]   ANI   SW   81 miles [130.4 km]
McGrath Airport(MCG/PAMC)   [Map]   MCG   ENE   83 miles [133.6 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Flat Airport   [Map]   FLT   SSE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Crooked Creek Airport(IATA:CKD)   [Map]   CJX   S   46 miles [74 km]
Shageluk Airport(SHX/PAHX)   [Map]   SHX   WNW   47 miles [75.6 km]
Red Devil Airport(IATA:RDV)   [Map]   RDV   SSE   57 miles [91.7 km]
Holy Cross Airport(HCR/PAHC)   [Map]   HCA   WSW   59 miles [95 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.   (ANC/PANC)   [Map]
        Website for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Homer Airport   (HOM/PAHO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Aniak Airport   (ANI/PANI)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
McGrath Airport   (MCG/PAMC)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Shageluk Airport   (SHX/PAHX)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Holy Cross Airport   (HCR/PAHC)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Iditarod.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Iditarod. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Iditarod) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Iditarod. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Iditarod

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Iditarod. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 62.5437, Longitude: -158.0943     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Iditarod), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Iditarod.