Iowa to Alaska: Kids to Parks Day in Glacier National Park

This is going to be quick; with more and more people arriving in St. Mary/Glacier KOA, wireless bandwith is being used up like nobody’s business… Kids to Parks Day turned out to be quite the adventure for this Alaska group. Despite more rain and chilly temperatures this morning, we drove to the St. Mary entrance […]

Iowa to Alaska: Glacier National Park

It’s now Day, uh, er, um… That’s the sign of a good vacation, is it not, to forget what day it is? All I know is that we’re parked on a grassy knoll of KOA St. Mary/Glacier National Park in full view of the park’s stunning peaks. While the weather cooperated yesterday for our arrival, […]

Iowa to Alaska, Days 4-5

Or, maybe, “The Case For Big Skies.” Yesterday was spent driving. And driving. We covered about 600 miles between Bismarck, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana in order to maximize our time at stops further up the road. For me, the transition from Interstate 94 to Interstate 90 represented a shift from playing tourist to […]

Iowa to Alaska: Day Two

Bismarck, North Dakota Before we left Alaska, a package arrived in the mail from my mother. It was a book titled “Bad Land” by Jonathan Raban, and chronicled a chapter of American history that resonated deeply with her. Born and raised between the various quadrants of North Dakota and Montana, my mother, and her mother […]

Iowa to Alaska: Day one

(This is the first time I have utilized the services of my phone to write a blog post, so please excuse any type pad missteps. Lesson #1: don’t rely on wireless in campgrounds.) Even though May 15 is officially our first day on the road with Great Alaskan Holidays and their Spring Adventure Package, it […]

The Journey is the Adventure: Great Alaskan Holidays Spring Adventure Package

This is it. Or, almost it. In 24 hours AKontheGO will be part of Alaska family travel’s biggest adventure yet; the Great Alaskan Holidays Spring Adventure Package. Traveling more than 3,500 miles between Forest City, Iowa and Anchorage, Alaska, our family of four (AK Mom, Dad, Kid, and Best Friend) will pick up a brand-new […]

Iowa to Alaska Road Trip: Seven day countdown

As the living room floor becomes choked with duffel bags, backpacks, sleeping bags and stacks of maps, it’s all becoming real. The Great Alaskan Holidays – Kampgrounds of America – AKontheGo road trip is just about to launch. Are you ready to go with us? Here’s the itinerary:  Forest City, Iowa, and the Mecca of […]

Going Remote: Driving the Denali Highway

by Danielle Benson This is it, one of my favorite times of year. In Alaska, it is planning season. Each spring, my nuggets splay out their large plywood Alaska maps, a holdover from a 3rd grade school project and our inspiration for endless opportunities. These kids are growing fast, and our Alaska adventures are ripe […]

6 Alaska National Parks to Visit With Kids

In honor of the National Park Trust’s 6th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day, and the current celebration of National Parks Week April 16-24, AKontheGO brings you 6 Alaska national parks to visit with kids; because — national parks + kids = outdoor adventure of the best possible kind. Kids to Parks Day is a […]

Making the Most of McCarthy and Kennecott: Plan it now

by Danielle Benson In my experience, there are two distinct ways to approach family travel. First, the Mouse Theme Park Trip. The family saves up, sometimes for years, spends a ton of money, does not worry about a thing and has a grand time. My family has been saving up for such a trip for […]

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch: A desert view of springtime

Clutching the detailed driving directions from the highway, I squinted at the dusty road ahead and poked my husband’s arm. “There, do you see it? That’s Doc Holliday Road. Turn here.” We had turned, and turned, and turned again along a series of soft, sandy roads on our way to Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, 40 […]