Alaska Family Fun Continues: Where to Find the Action This Weekend

Just look at what AK Fam found yesterday aboard a Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruise! An entire whale was attached to that tail, and he/she was one big creature cruising around the chilly waters of Prince William Sound. This is what Alaska family travel is all about – scenes like this. Don’t you love it? […]

Help! I’m Traveling With a Teenage Brain!

Newsflash: In case you missed last week’s Kids These Days broadcast of Inside the Teenage Brain: Teens take risks! Yes, parents, grandparents, and guardians of anyone age 12 to 18, you’ll need this nugget of information while on vacation. Here’s our take on traveling with a teenage brain. I was thrilled to finally receive validation […]

Making Sense of Alaska’s Big Ticket Attractions: Three Tips for Travelers

The date for your Alaska adventure has finally arrived. The kids have their raingear and boots, you’ve bought the plane tickets and made hotel reservations, now everyone is excited about their trek around the 49th state. Except for one thing – the choices. So many options in so many places, and for so much money! […]

Iditarod and Kids: “Woof, Ruff, Yippeee!”

I remember a story in my fourth grade reader about the Serum Run to Nome during the great diptheria outbreak of 1925. Balto and his fellow pups became forever etched in my mind that day, so when AK Fam made the big move to Alaska in 2005, my first order of business was to introduce […]

Alaska Experience, 2011: AKontheGO Reviews the Year

This was going to be a typical “Top Five” list.  AK Fam had already engaged in a number of spirited conversations, arguing and pleading and lobbying for favorite destinations to achieve AKontheGO-greatness. But we couldn’t agree. AK Dad, Kid, and I were busy in 2011, traveling in all directions to expand our sense of adventure, […]

Anchorage Dog Sledding Tour Mushes Well With AK Fam

Until now, most dogsled tours in the greater Anchorage area consisted of summertime spins around a field or parking lot with passengers placed in a wheeled conveyance. An admitted challenge for mushers who use the rides as a two-fur of exercise for the team and an oh-so-brief encounter for visitors, summer dogsled rides just aren’t […]

“There’s No Place Like Nome!” With Nome Discovery Tours

There isn’t, you know, anyplace like Nome. I’ve been to many places in Alaska, and Nome is a character among characters, as towns go. It’s not much to look at, frankly, this village-by-the-sea. Clustering 3,500 residents close to the shores of the Bering Sea, Nome is a neat grid of dusty streets made famous by […]

Get On Board, the 2012 Ski Train Leaves the Station March 24!

A day of skiing like none other + a train ride = an institution. The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage has hosted the annual Ski Train since 1972, and, with the exception of one sad year without it, has created the perfect ski vacation. And it’s coming back, Saturday, March 24, 2012, just for you. […]

Getting Wild in Alaska: Critter Viewing With Kids

I’m home now after a magical visit to Hallo Bay Bear Camp on the shores of Katmai National Park, and the afterglow from close encounters of the bruin kind still has me in daze. This was AK Mom’s getaway; my “momcation” if you will, with nothing kid-friendly about a weekend spent stalking bears with my […]

Cycling Southeast is Easy With Alaska Bicycle Tours and Sockeye Cycle

You remember the first time you climbed on your little bicycle and wobbled away without the assistance of a grownup, don’t you? I sure do; it was an orange, banana-seated Schwinn job, and I loved it. For kids, the allure of freedom via two-wheeler is a huge rite of passage, and now, with a big […]

Alaska Vistas Provides More Than Transportation to Anan Wildlife Observatory

Low clouds wrapped depressingly around the harbor as we prepared for a day exploring the wilds of Wrangell. Day packs stuffed with rain gear, hats, gloves, and extra socks,  AK Fam tentatively emerged from the office of Alaska Vistas, peering suspiciously at the dripping morning from beneath our hoods. We were bound for Anan Wildlife […]