Your bags are packed, the car is loaded, the tank is full. Now all that’s left is to make sure you’ve got one of the most essential items for road tripping in Alaska: “The Milepost.” This legendary Alaska travel guidebook, which has served travelers as the bible to Alaska’s highways, marks its 65th anniversary with the 2013 edition.
Visitors and seasoned Alaska travelers alike find this detailed travel companion to be a valuable tool for planning a trip around Alaska and parts of Canada. “The Milepost” includes a mile-by-mile highway log of major roads, byways and communities that travelers may encounter as they make the trek to the Great North, including the famed Alaska Highway that extends from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction in Alaska.
For guests who are making the drive to or from Alaska by vehicle, we recommend that they purchase a copy of “The Milepost” prior to their trip for an easy reference of everything a destination have to offer. Westmark Hotels has several properties along the Alaska Highway route in Dawson City, Beaver Creek and Tok – perfectly situated to serve as your home away from home when you need a comfortable place to rest your head throughout your adventurous road trip.
Colorful photos, maps and descriptions serve as great references when planning day trips and excursions along your drive and around our hotel properties. It is not uncommon to see a well-used Milepost looking like a college textbook post finals, highlighted and tagged with notes in the margins, a fun reminder and souvenir from a successful adventure to the Last Frontier.
Different from other travel guidebooks in its layout and method of use, once you are familiar with using “The Milepost,” it will take a place of permanence right beside the driver’s seat. Every year, field editors for “The Milepost” explore roads featured in the publication and update the detailed logs with any new or updated businesses and note at which milepost each point of interest can be found. In “The Milepost,” you will find maps; major destinations, including communities, attractions and state and national parks; assistance with additional transportation modes; a helpful index of subjects and destinations; lodging and camping; and a “how to” guide to using “The Milepost.” A section at the beginning of “The Milepost” offers helpful tips and guidelines to traveling in Alaska and along access routes in Canada; provides sample driving itineraries for road tripping to Alaska; and things to take into consideration when planning a road trip of such epic proportions.
As of 2012, using “The Milepost” has become even easier than before thanks to a new Milepost iPad app for those who prefer to get their information digitally. But keep in mind that there are many spots along access routes and the Alaska Highway where service won’t be available, so we still recommend a hard copy just in case. For more information, or to order the most recent edition of “The Milepost”, visit The Milepost online.