Alaska Zoo Has Love In the Air

Lovebirds, sweethearts and valentines of all ages are invited to the Alaska Zoo’s “Valentines for the Animals” on Saturday, Feb. 10 from noon – 3 p.m. To share the love, Saturday will also serve as the Alaska Zoo’s first Kids Free Day of the year, offering free entry to children ages 17 and under from […]

Tour or Independent? What sort of Alaska traveler are you?

Making the decision to visit Alaska is a big one. The combination of our enormous geographical area combined with a range of diverse activities can leave one’s head spinning, especially if multiple age groups are involved. Some people like adventure, others, serenity. Mom and Grandma may enjoy the chance to take a wildlife cruise and […]

Alaska Through the Eyes of Youth: Tundra Vision Series

As AKontheGO stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional family travel journalism, I’ve noticed a few things. First, Alaska children are an incredible source of knowledge about their peers, themselves, and the future. Second, why has no one tapped into this? Perhaps we are not listening.  Let’s change that, shall we?  Tundra Vision is a public […]

Spring Into a Southeast Alaska Vacation

AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland has a few ideas for exploring Southeast Alaska between March and May.  After 10 years of writing about traveling Alaska with children, I have a pretty good idea of what’s hot, or not, in the realm of family-friendly fun. So when January rolls around each year and my email inbox fills […]

Borealis Basecamp – Your northern lights destination

Imagine this scenario: Tired from your flight, drive, or rail journey to Fairbanks, you finish the remaining 25 miles to Borealis Basecamp in relative silence, thinking only of a good meal and warm bed, never mind the promise of northern lights, thanks to alerts from your smartphone app.  The vehicle makes a left turn from […]

Resolve to Make 2018 the Year of Alaska Adventure

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on January 2, 2018.  Publisher note: I had intended to jump headlong into 2018 with a comprehensive look at some early-booking deals for the upcoming spring and summer season. However, I was stymied in this effort, thanks to a concussion received after an epic skating fail […]

Post-Christmas Blues? Take the kids on a hike

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on December 26, 2017. ~EK  Kids get restless over the winter break. I blame holiday hype and the whipping up of emotions in those days leading up to Dec. 25, when everything reaches its peak. Then the day after Christmas comes, and I’m looking at a […]

Trickster Trips Gives the VW Love For Alaska Campers

When AKontheGO sits down with Mandy Morell, owner of Trickster Trips, a new rental service featuring classic Volkswagen vans.  Of all the vehicles I’ve had the privilege of driving, none has ever captured the essence of roadtripping quite the venerable Volkswagen Van. A Volkswagen, known as “The people’s car,” has graced home driveways of my […]

Celebrate an Alaska Winter Solstice

“I hate it here.” Startled, I glanced askance at my son, who sat crouched in the front seat next to me, arms folded across his chest, a scowl on his face. “What!?” I said, genuinely surprised and trying to fathom how a kid who just a few weeks ago told his grandparents he’d “live here […]

Oh, Christmas Tree! AKontheGO and Chugach National Forest Team Up

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches!” ~ Oh Tannenbaum (traditional German carol)  Truly, if you have experienced the joy of finding, then harvesting, your family Christmas tree each year, then you know. The spicy, evergreen smell as you carry it back to the car, carefully putting it on top with […]

Alaska-Themed Christmas Gifts For Adventurous Families

December is upon us and my refrigerator is full of lists for and by the people I love. AK Kid has stuck his handwritten itemized and alphabetized record of Christmas gift desires at adult eye level. I have records of niece and nephews gift ideas next to that; and further down, what my husband needs, […]