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Tok is Alaska’s official welcoming committee as the first major community across the Canadian border for Alaska Highway travelers. With highways leading away from Tok in all directions, the friendly hub community still offers plenty of reasons to stay a while.
The town has been a trade and services center for travelers ever since its beginnings as a construction camp in the 1940s. From Tok, you can drive south 254 miles to Valdez and Prince William Sound, head west 328 miles to Anchorage or continue northwest 206 miles on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks. Additionally, the Taylor Highway heads north to Chicken, Eagle and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
For most visitors, the first stop is the Tok Main street Visitors Center, a massive, 7,000-square-foot lodge that is said to be Alaska's largest log structure. The center features racks of brochures for travel in and around the state as well as displays on wildlife, gold panning and the construction of the Alaska Highway. Nearby is the Alaska Public Lands Information Center with additional information on Alaska's parks and outdoor activities, exhibits and a large picture window that often frames the Alaska Range.