Springtime News and Family Travel Views

We’re ‘March-ing” along, aren’t we? Alaska’s longest season departed with a bang over spring break, and now we’re all looking ahead to another light, bright, and family travel-centric summer.  To catch you all up on our own comings and goings; I fashioned a newsy letter to give you an idea of all the fascinating fun […]

Alaska Railroad Easter Train: Tickets on sale NOW

Hippety, hoppety, friends: the Alaska Railroad Easter Train tickets went on sale yesterday, so get yourselves over to the Alaska Railroad website or call the reservations line and book your family right now!  This family-friendly train journey is takes passengers from Anchorage along Turnagain Arm to Indian and back again, with music, crafts, snacks, and tons […]

Alaska On the Go Podcast: Iditarod 2019 version

In less than 24 hours, 52 dog teams will depart Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start of Iditarod 2019. I’ve covered this race’s auspicious beginnings since 2007, and every year is full of crazy excitement, both canine and human.  Iditarod is tradition and lifestyle all wrapped up in a thousand dog booties, and we […]

Outer Range Dogsled Tours: The ‘happiest dogs around’

It was the ‘happy dogs’ tagline that sold me. That and the sweeping landscape surrounding said dogs.  Outer Range Dogsled Tours is located just north of Denali National Park’s northern boundaries in the town of Healy. Operated by two working kennels led by some of the most personable mushers I’ve ever met, Outer Range is […]

Spend Your Spring Break In Alaska

Attention, parents: March 8 is just around the corner. That’s the day schools around the state open their doors and release students for spring break. Of course, the term “spring” in reference to a season still very much looking like winter is definitely a misnomer here in Alaska, especially when teaser advertisements for swimsuits, sunscreen, […]

Anchorage Fur Rendezvous 2019 – It’s nearly time!

Celebrating 84 years of Alaska life, the 2019 Fur Rendezvous festival kicks off Friday, February 22 in downtown Anchorage. Rated one of the top winter festivals in the United States, “Fur Rondy” as we Alaskans call it, is more than a chance to brush off the February blues; it’s an opportunity to revel in life […]

Packing and Playing Alaska With Kids

Fact: kids + comfort = vacation happiness. Comfort, of course, is achieved not just in a physical sense, but an emotional one as well, and when accomplished, makes complete sense.  In a previous posts I’ve discussed the value of appropriate gear when planning a trip to Alaska with kids. On the AKontheGO home page, you […]

The Alaska Zoo Shares the Love in February

The Alaska Zoo is giving the community a chance to show their love for zoo residents again this year with its annual Valentines for the Animals event. On Saturday, Feb. 16, visitors to the Alaska Zoo can make valentine cards for the animals at the card craft station and hand deliver the notes to large envelops located at each […]

5 Reasons to Extend Your Alaska Cruise Vacation

Alaska cruise-goers, listen up. It’s almost February, and many of you have made plans to visit the 49th state this summer. But have you extended your stay?  Most Alaska cruise passengers take the well-known Inside Passage route, embarking on the southern end from Seattle or Vancouver; and on the northern end from Seward or Whittier. […]

Anchorage Hotels to Stay and Play

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, boasting 300,000 souls who live, work, and play in the immediate “Anchorage Bowl” area. It also swells during the high tourist season between May and September, with hardly enough beds to accommodate the number of heads looking for a spot to sleep. In response to an extremely high demand, and […]

“Yes, You Can:” Alaska With Kids

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”~ Neale Donald Walsch When our family first moved to Alaska, 13 years ago today, the end of my comfort zone wasn’t just a cautionary line; it was a chasm of the unknown. We were a band of four; mother, father, and two kids, moving from a […]