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The Milepost 2012 Paperback – March 20, 2012

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Reviewed by: Susan Frissell, Ph.D., Publisher/Editor, www.womenwithwheels.com


This may be the biggest book you’ve ever read. It is also, by far, the most comprehensive and invaluable tome when navigating the Alaska Highway. When traveling throughout Alaska and northwestern Canada, The Milepost, a much-needed Bible since 1949, is the book to have under your arm-or car seat.

In its 64th edition, The Milepost is the “essential guide” for Alaska travelers, since 1949. This edition is edited by Kris Valencia, and with nearly 700 color photos and 100 maps to edit, her job is a big one. According to Valencia, “traveling the Alaska Highway is worth the price, and the memories are worth the mileage.”

This reviewer can attest to that. Taking off on my big adventure in 1972, a friend and I traveled from Chicago, IL to Fairbanks, AK and back. With dozens of stops along the way-and only one flat tire-we drove 28,500 miles in 28 days.  At that time, the famous Highway was not all paved; much of it gravel. Now, the Highway is paved, all    miles of it, which probably means the trip is a little faster.

Covering some 14,000 miles of road, The Milepost lists detailed descriptions of all the communities along the way, a mile-by-mile log of all Northern routes and attractions inboth Alaska and northwestern Canada. When traveling the Alaska Highway, we found the mile-by-mile logs extremely helpful; particularly, when in need of a fuel stop and/or eating establishment. We had our camping sites scheduled ahead of time, which helped, but referred to Milepost time after time when searching for suggestions about where to stop and/or eat.  I have kept my original Milepost, which in the 1970s was a considerably smaller version.

As I did when traveling in Alaska, The Milepost recommends all travelers carefully plan their itineraries ahead of time. For instance, if you are traveling in a good size RV, you will find there are extended parking areas available most everywhere along the way.  Travelers can also combine road travel with the Alaska state ferry system and the Alaska Railroad. We triedbooking the Ferry before we left town and even at that time, there was no more room available. In 2012, I suspect this is more of a problem, due to far more travelers to Alaska.

Readers and travelers needn’t purchase The Milepost only if they are planning a trip to Alaska. On the contrary, for the armchair traveler alike, The Milepost is just great fun to read and peruse. There is so much contained in this travel planner, it is great reading. You will learn a lot.

"...Nothing is too small to escape the attention of The Milepost. If you are wondering if the next turnout has trashcans or if there is a fish-filleting table next to the boat launch up ahead, just consult this travel guide. Besides mile-by-mile descriptions, has lots of useful information on preparing for a trip to Alaska, whether you are planning to travel there by RV, fly there and rent an RV, sail there on a cruise ship or take a ferry...."

- RV Life, April 2012


"A "must-have" is the most recent edition of The MILEPOST which contains updated information on maps, road conditions, ferry schedules, campgrounds, businesses, and colorful side trips on every road in Alaska, Yukon and BC."

- MotorHome


"If you are planning a trip to Alaska, or even dreaming about taking one, The MILEPOST is an absolute must. There is a wealth of information in this take-along book."- Woodall's CamperWays


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Product Details

  • Series: Milepost
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Morris Communications Corp.; Other edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892154293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892154293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2011
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The 2011 edition of "The Milepost" is the most recent version of the most uniquely valuable travel guide to the road network in the State of Alaska and Northwest Canada (British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alberta provinces). This guide is a must-have resource for the tourist, RVer, and North Country camper.

Alaska and Northwest Canada cover a huge geographic area with significant terrain and weather variations and far less infrastructure than most travelers are used to in the lower '48 states or urban Canada. Travelers should not expect gas stations, restaurants, and franchise hotels at every exit off the main roads, nor should they expect that facilities, or even the roads themselves, are open year-round. Dangerous weather and driving conditions are possible to likely as much as six months of the year. In addition, travelers need to be alert to the prospects of wildlife viewing and the dangers of close encounters in the road.

"The Milepost" provides maps, diagrams, and an almost mile-by-mile travelogue of what to expect along the main roads in the North Country. "The Milepost" includes a generous selection of photographs as well. This detailed informaton will allow the traveler to locate the next gas station, campground, hotel, or scenic spot in areas where signs and billboards may be scarce. The text is seeded with advertisements for many of the commercial establishments along the Alaska Highway in Canada and the limited major road network in Alaska, allowing travelers to plan ahead for scarce beds and RV hook-ups. Travelers can also plan ahead for fishing charters on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula or the operating hours of the few but fascinating small museums and roadside attractions to be found along the way.
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First, let me start by saying the good things about this guide. There are many lovely pictures in it and the maps are fantastic. The Dalton Highway Guide seems very useful and the introduction gives you a very good understanding of what you can expect on the highway as far as road conditions and boarder crossings.

However, there are some pretty HUGE flaws with this guide...

For starters, there is just TOO much POINTLESS information in this guide. The "mile by mile" guides of an over thousand mile highway seems great at first but when you actually get it in your hands you quickly realize that there is simply to much information to sift through in order to find what is valuable. I don't care that the guide points out that there is a turnout at 493.7 miles past Dawsons Creek (I have eyes to see it for myself) or that a bear took a dump at mile 567.2. What I would care about is having point out the dozens upon dozens of FREE CAMPING SITES along the way that could save a traveler hundreds of dollars along the coarse of their trip. Simply put... more is not always better and I think this guide could be a lot more useful if they filtered out 70% of the useless information and actually added in vital information. In the end, this is a guide is not actually meant for the financially savvy traveler as it only points out expensive hotels and campgrounds while ignoring the more economical options

Since, getting this guide I found a website called "Campscout.com" which allows you to search and find campsites and compare prices. Through hours of research I have found at least 50 campsites that are either free or under 10$. This will save me close to 900$ on my overall trip to Alaska.

I don't mean to completely knock this guide. It has it's usefulness and I would encourage any Alaska bound traveler to get a copy but I am just saying that it is not a "must have, "bible" of North Country travel.
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We have traveled between AK and WA many times, and this book is always a key part of our trip. Whether we are planning to make it a straight-through drive with as few stops as possible, or if we feel like taking the scenic route and having a little fun along the way - The Milepost is always helpful and educational. The guide is loaded with everything from where gas stations and rv parks/hotels are located to where museums and worthy off the road stops are and even descriptions of different flowers and animals seen in one place vs another. Because it is updated annually, supposedly by real people who actually travel the road each year, very few times have we ever found outdated info.

I love how it is a true milepost # by milepost # type set-up. We never have to guess how far to the next stop or break. It can be awkward if you have to read the chapters backwards - depending on if you are traveling North or South, but once that is figured out, all is good.

I am on Amazon now purchasing this book for a relative traveling to AK this summer. Amazon has the cheapest price I've found.
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It's much more than just a travel guide. You can learn so much about the variety of ways to get to Alaska as well as what you can see and experience on your trip. Plus you can learn about things to do and see once you get there. We are headed back there a 3rd time and can't imagine doing it without this book. Once you have the book, you can access a digital version either online or download a PDF.

It provides excellent suggestions, recommendations and descriptions of things to do and see while headed to or visiting Alaska.
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