Welcome to Alaska – How can we help you?

Planning a trip to Alaska often feels daunting for parents or grandparents looking to see as much as they can, in a set amont of time, with one or more children in tow. “We want to show them everything!” is a statement I’ve heard more than once, and it’s sometimes difficult to talk down the enthusiastic […]

Alpha Aviation Soars to Denali

Anchorage-based Alpha Aviation, LLC has long been a name to trust when it comes to helicopter flying around the 49th state. As you begin planning for 2019, read about the company’s newest offerings that appease a traveling family wanting a completely different Alaska outdoor experience.  In Alaska, helicopters are often perceived as the aviation vehicles […]

Alaska Railroad Hosts Fairbanks Family Fun Train

The Alaska Railroad has been in operation for nearly 100 years, serving residents and visitors with service between Seward and Fairbanks. Shipping goods and people has always been their number one priority, but the allure of trains pulls hard on youngsters, and AKRR has responded. Their newest special event train chugs away from the Fairbanks […]

Ravn Alaska’s New Magazine – “Just For Kids” too!

Calling all Alaska kids (and those honorary Alaska kids)!  Regional airline Ravn Alaska now has its own inflight magazine, which is cool enough, because who wants to read the safety briefing card all the way to Fairbanks (or farther) and back? Not us.  But the coolest news…wait for it…There’s a section just for YOU.  That’s right, […]

Drive the Denali Highway With Kids

AKontheGO made one final push toward road trip bliss over the Labor Day weekend with a traverse of the Denali Highway, spanning 134 miles between Paxson and Cantwell. We woke up morning before last to a film of frost covering anything not moving at the Brushkana Creek BLM campground 20 miles east of Cantwell. The […]

Pedestrian Power in Sitka

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. September and October are excellent months to visit this Southeast Alaska community with kids, AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland writes.  Sitka’s residents always seem to be on their way to an adventure. No matter how often I visit, I see people bustling around downtown, toting kids and gear […]

Quebec and Beyond

AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland is spending the week in the Canadian province of Quebec, exploring some of the smaller communities and outdoor-themed attractions often overlooked by visitors seeking the big city. Thanks to Tourisme Quebec for overseeing these seven days far from Alaska.  If first impressions are everything, then I require nothing more from Quebec. […]

On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]

3 Days in Bellingham, Washington

Home to 82,000 people and a wealth of outdoor recreation to whet the whistle of anyone with a sense of adventure, Bellingham reminds me again and again of why I like to visit. This Pacific Northwest city is home to Western Washington University, is the beginning of the Alaska Marine Highway System, and a gateway […]

Liquid Adventures: Go farther

Finally, after an early-season delay, AK Kid and I were finally able to motor into the far reaches of Harris Bay with Liquid Adventures, for a day kayaking at eye level with Northwestern Glacier.  Rain poured down as we drove south from our home in Anchorage toward the little town of Seward, Alaska. Situated at […]

TSA and Autism: Navigation tips you need

How do you get a young person with autism through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maze? We’ve got tips. Our family is one of thousands in the United States managing life on the autism spectrum. In our case, it is Big AK Kid, who, at 24, may not be considered a kid by societal standards, […]