Back in 2002-2003, when my husband and I were full-time RVers, we had a copy of The MILEPOSTģ--the legendary publication that every RVer must have when traveling to Alaska. Our copy was weathered and worn. We probably picked it up at a book exchange in an RV park we stayed at along the way. Back then, weíd dreamily flip through the pages and talk about our big plans to drive our rig to Alaska and British Columbia. Somewhere along the way, we lost the dream--and our copy of The MILEPOST. We probably dropped it at another book exchange for some other Alaskan dreamers.
Yet, visiting Alaska has been on the back burner of our minds for years. Iíll admit, Iíve kept it on the back burner because after living in the Pacific Northwest for eight years, Iíve been reluctant to visit any cold weather destinations. Itís cold enough around here as it is.
However, I recently received a review copy of 64th edition of The MILEPOST and itís got me Alaska dreaming again. In fact, Iím absolutely giddy right now as Iím flipping through the pages of this colorful, information-packed publication. The guide, which has been publishing since 1949, is known in the RV world as an indispensable part of an RVerís tool kit on oneís journey into the north country.
The MILEPOST covers Alaska, the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Not only does it feature mile-by-mile highway logs, but itís filled with everything you could ever want or need to know about traveling to any of the areas mentioned above. And I mean everything! Want to know all the major routes to take? The MILEPOST has it. How about interesting side trips? Itís got those too. Distance in miles from city to city? Yep, itís in there. It even has a ferry travel section--complete with ferry schedules--so you can plan that part of your travel too. While The MILEPOST is the perfect companion to RV travel, it covers all kinds of travel including by car, plane or cruise ship.
The absolute neatest aspect about this guide is that it is a mile-by-mile log. I love that concept! If I were driving to Alaska right now, just knowing that I had this guide in my hands would take most of the worry out of the trip. Other cool aspects about this guide are the enticing pictures of the scenery (although Iím sure the photos donít do the scenery justice), the helpful driving advice interspersed throughout the entire guide, the abundance of helpful maps (thereís over 100 of them), and all of the advertisements. Yes, it thrills me to flip through The MILEPOST and check out all of the neat Alaskan businesses that are advertising in the guide. It really gives me a feel for all of the awesome products and services I could find while on my trip. And, of course, itís very useful in helping me find where Iíd like to stay the night once I got there.
Sure, The MILEPOST can be a little overwhelming at first--especially for those of us who have never actually been to Alaska. But just spend enough time with it--and believe me, when you get your hands on this you will--and youíll get a feel for how it works.
Now that Iím scooting a trip to Alaska from the back burner to one of the front burners, Iím glad I have this incredibly useful guide at my fingertips to help make the journey as smooth as possible once I take it.
Want more information? Visit MilePost.com.
Disclaimer: The RV Editor was given a review copy of The MILEPOST. She has no personal connections with the publisher or PR firm.
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