5 Things We Always Take on an Alaska RV Trip

*This post is sponsored by Great Alaskan Holidays, Inc., providers of Last Frontier roadtripping adventures for more than 30 years.*  Summer is in full swing around here, and our team is gearing up for another weekend of outdoor-themed fun  as we motor north to the village of Talkeetna. We’re pretty confident about our Alaska RV […]

Trickster Trips’ VW Synchro a Beefy Way to See Alaska

Yeah, I used the word “beefy,” but to be fair, there’s really no other word to describe this 1986 hunk of burning VW love named Polychrome, or “Poly” for short. I first wrote about Trickster Trips last December when owner Mandy Morell was just beginning to assemble her fleet of three vans. They’re hard to […]

Salmon Berry Tours Ultimate Family Field Trip Update

The first-ever Salmon Berry Tours — AKontheGO Ultimate Family Field Trip kicked off in fine style as our traveling explorers arrived from Maine to partake in Iditarod-themed winter fun.  What we’ve done: Our first day was spent hiking a section of the Iditarod National Historic Trail near Winner Creek in Girdwood, where access was easy […]

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 […]

RV Alaska This Fall: Tips and tricks

The majority of Alaska visitors (and many residents) make their explorations of the Last Frontier between May and August, when days are long and attractions, open. For Alaska RV enthusiasts, the summer months are also perceived as the “only” time one can hop behind the wheel and roam the highways of our state.  Since picking […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Camping 101 With AKontheGO and Anchorage Community House

Were you raised to spend summer nights in a canvas tent, cooking meals over a campfire and playing until all hours among the leafy trees and rocky streams? I was, and so were many of my friends. My parents would pack the VW Bus with sleeping bags, coolers, boots, extra clothes, and that smelly canvas […]

Explore Valdez With Your Family

by Theresa Hewston Valdez is an adventure paradise offering everything from spectacular roadside waterfalls to intense icefield hiking trails. This family-friendly town is full of history, culture, scenic beauty, wildlife, and adventure. It’s also full of opportunity. Take some time to explore Valdez and it will quickly find a place in your soul forever. GETTING […]