The MILEPOST®: Legendary Alaska trip planner and Alaska travel guide to the highways, roads, ferries, lodgings, recreation, sightseeing attractions and services along the Alaska Highway to and within Alaska, including Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
Find trip planning help and frequently asked questions about highway travel by RV, auto, caravan or motorcycle, ferry and fly/drive travel to Alaska and Western Canada. Since 1949, The MILEPOST® has been the most trusted and complete Alaskan travel guide and Alaskan trip planner for highway and ferry travel to Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta and Western Northwest Territories. Updated annually, The MILEPOST® gives you nearly 800 pages of detailed information on everything from the famous Alaska Highway system to cruising Alaska's Inside Passage.
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The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) celebrates 50 years of service in 2013. Its inaugural year was 1963, when the State of Alaska’s expanded ferry system connected Prince Rupert, BC, to Haines and Skagway, AK, with 3 new vessels providing 6-days-a-week service through the Inside Passage. The cover of the 1963 edition of The MILEPOST® announced: “Now there are TWO Alaska Highways—Interior Route, or Coastal Route via the State of Alaska’s new auto-passenger ferries.”
The dream of providing Alaskans in remote or road-less coastal communities with reliable marine transportation began in 1948, with a private enterprise. Steve Homer and Ray and Gustav Gelotte of Haines created Chilkoot Motorship Lines to provide ferry service between Haines and Juneau. They purchased a former U.S. Navy Landing craft, the MV Chilkoot: 121 feet in length, a 33-foot beam, and drawing 3.5 feet when loaded. Although passenger services were limited, the vessel could carry up to 14 vehicles. The ferry’s first customers were Simon Hellenthal, a Juneau attorney, and Ernest Gruening, the governor of the Territory of Alaska.