Tok is located Milepost 1314 Alaska Highway, at the junction with the Tok Cutoff (Glenn Highway), 328 driving miles from Anchorage, 254 miles from Valdez and 206 miles from Fairbanks.
Tok began as a construction camp on the Alcan Highway in 1942. Tok (rhymes with poke) was named after a husky pup mascot of one of the highway construction crews. As the major overland point of entry to Alaska, Tok is primarily a trade and service center for all types of transportation, especially for summer travelers coming up the Alaska Highway. Tok is the only town in Alaska that the highway traveler must pass through twice—once when arriving in the state and again on leaving the state. The governor proclaimed Tok “Mainstreet Alaska” in 1991.
Tok has all services including hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, gas stationsand auto repair, gift shops, sporting goods store, liquor store and car washes. There are several full-service RV parksin the Tok area. Tok has 8 churches, a public library, a K–12 school and post office.
- The Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC) offers trip planning information and displays of beadwork and animal and fish mounts.
- Tok Mainstreet Visitor’s Center has excellent displays of Alaska rocks, gems and fossils; gold rush history; Alaska wildlife and waterfowl; and Alaska Highway memorabilia.
- Enjoy 13 miles of paved bike trail along the Alaska Highway, extending from Tok southeast to the Dog Mushers Assoc. track, and northwest to Tanacross Junction. There is also a 2.4-mile bike trail along the Tok-Cutoff.
- There’s a pancake toss competition every evening at Sourdough Campground,
- Shop for Alaskan Crafts: birch baskets, beaded moccasins, boots and beaded necklaces are available in Tok.
- Mukluk Land, at Mile 1317 Alaska Highway, has an indoor-outdoor museum, miniature golf, activities for kids, videos, educational displays.
- There are several walk-in fishing lakes along the Alaska Highway between Tok and Delta Junction, all stocked with rainbow trout.