Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

RV or Hotel or What? Alaska by the numbers

It can be positively maddening, the search for vacation lodging options. Anywhere, never mind in Alaska.  Should you put your clan in a hotel room with two queen beds, or book a vacation rental, or what? And what’s with the RV thing, anyway? People tell you it’s a great way to see Alaska for the […]

Join us on this very special Iditarod 2018 Adventure

by Erin Kirkland Anyone who follows AKontheGO knows our business mantra:  Kids who visit Alaska today may well grow up to become the stewards of Alaska tomorrow.  It is a part of our core mission to provide information and ideas for activities, winter, spring, summer, or fall that will engage kids and help them become […]

When You Don’t See Wildlife On a Cruise: 5 ideas

Feet casually crossed on the bench seat of the Orca Song, I waited. The 70-foot vessel owned and operated by Major Marine Tours in Seward was one hour into a three-and-a-half hour day cruise around Resurrection Bay. To find whales, Orca whales, to be exact.  A calm day, thankfully, to raise binoculars to eyes and […]

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 […]

Pangaea Adventures Paddles Toward Confidence

Note: A big warm thank you to Pangaea Adventures, most especially guide Emma, for the calm, cool, and most knowledgable three hours I’ve ever spent sitting in a kayak.  In 12 years of Alaska residence, I’ve overcome many of the trepidations about living, working, and playing in the Last Frontier. Bears, for example. And small […]

Enjoying Alaska’s Destination Playgrounds

Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.  I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. “OK, what’s one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?” she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping […]

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 […]

World Oceans Day 2017: Preserve, protect, honor

This post is in partnership with Dawn as an effort to increase awareness of World Oceans Day. Early morning along an ocean shoreline means a briny auora of seaweed, saltwater, and the never-ending screech of birds looking for a low tide breakfast. Foamy waves sweep along the smooth sand and over barnacle-encrusted rocks for a […]

K’esugi Ken Campground a Treasure For Family Outings

I’ve traveled the Parks Highway a multitide of times during my 12-year tenure as an Alaska resident, and I always appreciate the landscape outside my window. But shortly past Trapper Creek – across the Chulitna river, where the green of Interior tundra starts to combine with brushy alder and willow, sits a new slice of […]

Phillips Cruises and Tours Offers Discovery

Sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours  What does the word “discovery” mean to you? For some, it might translate into checking items off a list. For others, perhaps discovery is finding something not previously known. For me, it’s both those things, and in Alaska, both can be handily accomplished with Phillips Cruises […]