Tok began as a camp for the Alaska Road Commission back in the 1940's, during the construction of the Alcan and Glenn Highways. Originally settled by the Athabascan Indians, the name is thought to be derived from an Athabascan word meaning "Peaceful Crossing", while another story states that Tok was named by a Captain Andrew McMeekin, after his dog. Located 325 miles from Anchorage and 210 miles from Fairbanks, Tok sits along the Alaska Highway between the Tanana River and the Alaska Range.
Activities in the Tok area include the Mainstreet Visitors Center, operated by the Tok Chamber of Commerce and offering information and trip planning around Alaska, flightseeing, hiking, fishing, boating on the Tanana River and gold panning. Hunters will find moose, caribou and bear, and those wishing to simply watch the wildlife will not be disappointed. Blueberry picking can be enjoyed in the late summer and fall and there are paved bike paths and nature trails well worth exploring.
While the community itself is small, there are plenty of choices in lodging, with several hotels and bed and breakfasts, as well as RV parks and state campgrounds. There are also restaurants, espresso stands, gift shops, grocery stores, laundry services and a post office. Tok relies heavily on its summer tourist season, as winters are quite harsh and jobs are limited. Winter activities include dog mushing, snowmachining and ice fishing, with winter temperatures sometimes hitting -50F.
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