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Population (2010): 1,258

Tok is 93 miles from the Canadian border and is situated at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Tok Cut-Off, an extension of the Glenn Highway. Tok was established during the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Glenn Highway in the early 1940s. It has been historically and continues to be a trade center for the Athabascan villages of Northway, Tetlin, Tanacross, Mentasta, Eagle, and Dot Lake. Tok’s location between the Alaska Mountain Range and the Mentasta Mountains make it a truly stunning location, with dramatic landscapes and an abundance of wildlife.

Tok is the first main town in Alaska on the Alaska Highway and many travelers choose to take a day here to relax and re-supply. There are grocery stores, gas stations and visitor information. Be sure to stop by the massive log building which houses the Mainstreet Visitor Center (run by the Tok Chamber of Commerce). 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.

Visitors can either continue west towards Fairbanks or head south onto Tok-Cutoff towards Gakona Junction on the Richardson Highway. 12.5 miles east of Tok is the Tetlin Junction, where you can choose to turn north on the Taylor Highway to travel to Chicken and Eagle, Alaska and Dawson City, Yukon over the Top of the World Highway.