Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

Gracious Living at Kennicott Glacier Lodge

It’s not always easy to jive luxury with convenience in the Alaska wilderness and make it accessible to nearly everyone. Location, budgets, accessibility, time — all factors in the grand scheme of Alaska family travel. In the case of Kennicott Glacier Lodge nestled within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Kennecott National Historic Landmark, this rings […]

Campers Will Enjoy Valdez KOA This Summer

Camping as a form of recreation and travel is moving up within the list of family vacation favorites, according to the 2017 Topline Report published by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the largest purveyor of franchise campgrounds in the United States. Currently, 61% of U.S. households went camping at least once last year, and of those […]

It’s Shorebird Season in Alaska – What you can do

Every morning, when I step outside to fetch the newspaper from my front shrubbery, I hear them. Birds making noise. A multitude of chirps, squawks, and chortles that wake me up and remind our household that spring has indeed finally arrived again in Alaska. Our home in Anchorage sits several miles from the muddy, silty […]

We’re Live for Family Fun Camp – Spring Edition!

Snuggled together in the Manitoba Cabin last October, family fun camp participants celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, made name tags, sipped hot chocolate, and got to know one another. Outside, this group of 15 learned about archery, safe fire-building, and even got to watch a few falling stars before falling asleep to the […]

Make Plans for Winter Trails Day!

*This story originally appeared in the January 24 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  I love Anchorage trails — be they paved, gravel, or hidden forest tracks that my family and I discover throughout Alaska’s largest city. Our community’s non-motorized pathways are a major reason we decided to live in town when we moved to […]

Winter At the Alaska Zoo

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 12, 2016 Step through the gates of the Alaska Zoo on a snowy day and you might be surprised at the level of activity among the residents. Ember, a red fox, likes to jump in snow piled up by accommodating keepers. The otter clan slips and […]

PFD Travel Fair: A MUST-do this weekend

Planning ahead for 2017? I hope so, because the first-ever Alaska Travelgram PFD Travel Fair is happening on Saturday, September 24 in Anchorage, with a full docket of ideas and destinations to make this your family’s best travel year ever. If you follow AKontheGO’s social media accounts you know our commitment to digging deep for […]

AT&T Keeps Families Connected

This is a sponsored post for AT&T. AKontheGo and Erin Kirkland received products for reviewing purposes.  After a summer spent cruising the roadways of Alaska’s highways and byways with AK Kid, I have a new appreciation for modes of communication that provide not just an element of amusement and connection, but safety as well. 4,000 […]

Iowa to Alaska: Canadian Rockies and Icefields Parkway

HINTON, ALBERTA Jasper National Park reminds us of home, except for uniquely-shaped rock formations that seem to touch the skies above the RV. Many things are the same — bears, caribou, braided river valleys, snow. The last few days have felt a bit like traveling the Glenn Highway, with a few skunks thrown in for […]

Going Remote: Driving the Denali Highway

by Danielle Benson This is it, one of my favorite times of year. In Alaska, it is planning season. Each spring, my nuggets splay out their large plywood Alaska maps, a holdover from a 3rd grade school project and our inspiration for endless opportunities. These kids are growing fast, and our Alaska adventures are ripe […]