Cabins and Campsites for Alaska Road Trips

As spring marches on as usual, regardless of this unusual time, the State of Alaska has begun easing some of the mandates designed to protect its citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic.  A few weeks of lovely weather has had Alaskans straining at the invisible tethers tying them to their own communities, but a few have […]

Alaska Railroad Trips That Suit the Whole Family

Since the early 1900’s, Alaska’s rail system has provided a viable means of transporting goods and people across the rugged landscape we call home. Today, the Alaska Railroad Corporation manages track between Seward and Fairbanks, and shows off the best of our state to both visitors and residents. Trains are iconic markers of Americana; how […]

Alaska Winter Road Trips: A checklist from AAA

When our family moved to Alaska in December 2005, a few things were immediately clear. 1) I had forgotten how to drive in icy, snowy conditions, and 2) Confidence was low. My husband might also add “Worst backseat driver, ever” to this list, but that’s a whole separate story. Timid, unsure of myself and my […]

Who’s Gonna Drive You Home? Winter Road Trips in Alaska

Hundreds of thousands of people road trip around Alaska during the summer months. RVs and buses mingle with bedraggled Subarus and monster trucks and mini-vans on one of Alaska’s three main highways; some have a particular destination in mind, others, not so much. Alaskan residents curse and coddle at the same time, knowing that visitors […]

Trickster Trips’ VW Synchro a Beefy Way to See Alaska

Yeah, I used the word “beefy,” but to be fair, there’s really no other word to describe this 1986 hunk of burning VW love named Polychrome, or “Poly” for short. I first wrote about Trickster Trips last December when owner Mandy Morell was just beginning to assemble her fleet of three vans. They’re hard to […]

Alaska Spring Trips That Shouldn’t Be Missed

Last night, the sun set just after 8 p.m.; a gain of nearly six minutes over the evening prior. In true Alaska fashion, people were everywhere, walking dogs, jogging, chipping away at a few layers of ice in driveways. That’s spring in the 49th state, and it’s why we grow antsy to get going.  Where? […]

Trickster Trips Gives the VW Love For Alaska Campers

When AKontheGO sits down with Mandy Morell, owner of Trickster Trips, a new rental service featuring classic Volkswagen vans.  Of all the vehicles I’ve had the privilege of driving, none has ever captured the essence of roadtripping quite the venerable Volkswagen Van. A Volkswagen, known as “The people’s car,” has graced home driveways of my […]

Road Trip Planning With Great Alaskan Holidays

[A sponsored post on behalf of Great Alaskan Holidays, based in Anchorage] The first few lines of my book say it all: “Let’s be honest. Preparing for a trip across town with children can sometimes be difficult, never mind planning a vacation to a state twice the size of Texas. With almost 587,000 square miles […]

Alaska Railroad and March Mid-Week Special *NEW*

Happy Wednesday. As in mid-week, hump day, all downhill to the weekend from here-day. The perfect day, in fact, to shout about the Alaska Railroad’s announcement of a NEW, middle of the week departure between Anchorage and Fairbanks, scheduled to go ahead in March. It’s special, all right. Typically the Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train […]