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 stations and auto repair, gift shops, sporting goods store, liquor store and car washes. There are several full-service RV parks in the Tok area. Tok has 8 churches, a public library, a K–12 school and post office.