The most comprehensive and authoritative guidebook to Alaska is The Milepost, which tells you in 760 pages everything you could possibly want to know about traveling in Alaska.
This year marks the 65th edition of this book, which is published in an 8.5×11-inch format. The Milepost has mile-by-mile highway logs, describing everything you will see and alerting drivers to road conditions, including turnouts, merging traffic, soft shoulders and other hazards. The book covers all the highways in Alaska, the Yukon Territory and the western Northwest Territories, as well as the major routes to Alaska through British Columbia and Alberta. It also has detailed information about travel by ferry, cruise ship, train, airplane and RV.
The book is illustrated with more than 100 maps and 600 photographs, and includes extensive information on wildlife, fishing, camping, sightseeing and other attractions and activities. It shows you where to view bears and glaciers, pan for gold and take a sled dog ride. And it includes special tips for RVers.
Purchasers of the guidebook receive free access to an online digital edition. The digital version has all the content of the print edition, plus videos and links to other information. Digital versions are also available for the iPad and Android devices.
The book is known for its accuracy, but the 21 by 31-inch pullout map that is included this year has a printing error that dropped red lines for part of the highway system. The map has been reprinted and book buyers can obtain replacement maps by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The website has the corrected version.
The Milepost is published by Morris Communications Company and has a cover price of $29.95.