About AKontheGO


Involving kids in the mushing process is a critical element to enjoyment of the sport. [image Ronn Murray Photo]


Alaska's family travel blog with Erin KirklandWho are we? AKontheGO is the only website dedicated to Alaska family travel. Launched in 2009, AKontheGO is published by Erin Kirkland, an Alaska author, journalist, and mother of two based in Anchorage.

What makes us special? 

We’re not just about the mechanics of traveling with kids: AKontheGO tells the unique story of Alaska destinations through cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities appropriate for youngsters. Join the Kirkland family, “AK Mom, Dad, and Kid” as they hike, drive, cycle, float and fly the 49th state in search of meaningful (and fun) Alaska experiences. It’s our mission, and we are committed to sharing it with readers.

AK Kid and I look forward to sharing another few years of Alaska family travel with our readers.

AKontheGO is locally-owned by a professional writer; that means relevant and timely content. Erin Kirkland is author of the guidebook, Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children, published by University of Alaska Press and available in bookstores, online, and via the AKontheGO website. Her second book, Alaska on the Go: Exploring the Marine Highway System with children was subsequently released in April of 2017.

Currently, Erin is a regular contributor to the Anchorage Daily News, writing the Outdoors With Kids column. She also serves as editor of “Just For Kids,” a section of the inflight magazine Alaskan Spirit, published by the Ravn Alaska Group. 

Erin has served as a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, as cohost of the Alaska Travelgram Radio Showand also appeared monthly on KTVA Channel 11’s Daybreak program. 

Why trust AKontheGO? 

A member of the Alaska Travel Industry Association and Visit Anchorage, AKontheGO is proud of solid relationships with Alaska vendors to promote the best in family-friendly products and services.

AKontheGO and Erin Kirkland are involved in the Alaska community, working to encourage recreation for families of all ages, economic backgrounds, or abilities. She currently serves as an appointed member of the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation commission. Other affiliations have included:

  • Alaska Museum of Science and Nature
  • Anchorage Community House
  • Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center
  • Get Outdoors Alaska
  • RunFest Kids’ 2K
  • Ski 4 Kids
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Alaska and Washington

Erin Kirkland is an Alaska Chapter member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Read what others say about AKontheGO.com

“Erin and AKontheGO are our go-to resources for all things family travel. From helping our company develop family-friendly tours to thoughtful articles showcasing Alaska’s awesome activities, we recommend AKontheGO for anyone thinking about visiting Alaska with kids.” 

– Candice McDonald, owner, Salmon Berry Tours

“When you’re born and raised in Alaska…the trails, hikes, and weather aren’t too intimidating. What is intimidating is figuring out how to do it with a toddler in tow. AKontheGO has helped me figure out how to get my outdoor fix while keeping it child-friendly. It’s a great resource for parents with kids of all ages.” 

– Heather, Anchorage mother and lifelong Alaskan

Download and print a quick list of outdoor activities and resources:
Outdoors and On the Go