Winter Camping at Eagle River Nature Center

by Danielle Benson It is inevitable. Shortly after the Christmas decorations are packed up and stowed away, we start the slow crawl towards more daylight, and my nuggets start asking, “When are we going camping?” This year I was one step ahead of them. Our first overnight backpacking trip was on January 1, 2017. I […]

Family RV Travel in Alaska: FAQs

I’ll admit I was a doubter at first. Could a family adequately and comfortably vacation together for three weeks straight without losing our minds or blowing the budget? Not to mention the obvious mechanical aptitude we, of course, don’t have. Or the driving skills — what if AK Dad backed into something, god forbid. Or […]

Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast: Family-friendly and full of fun

Eagles chattered a welcome from the treetops as our boat slowly made its way into the sheltered refuge of Kasitsna Bay. A 30-minute ride across yawing Kachamak Bay from Homer had deposited our party of six onto a rocky, shell-strewn shoreline for a weekend of marine-based fun at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure […]

Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks at Denali

by Danielle Benson Our first experience at Denali National Park and Preserve was two summers ago, when we were still fairly new Alaskans. We reserved a camping spot at accessible Riley Creek Campground, pitched the family tent, ate ice cream at the Mercantile Exchange in the evenings, and attended the daily campground Ranger Talks. We took […]

Camping in America: The KOA mission and vision carries on

KOA provided AKontheGO with several nights of accommodations during our recent Iowa to Alaska road trip. Below is a synopsis of the company, its history, and mission to inspire more families to spend time outside.  Nestled deep in the fabric of American culture, the concept of camping outdoors is as much about United States history […]

Top 5 Camping Spots for Memorial Day Weekend

**We interrupt your regularly scheduled Iowa to Alaska blog posts for a bit of Alaska-themed insight before the Memorial Day weekend begins. Enjoy! ~EK   by Danielle Benson Memorial Day weekend is a special time for families. While it is the unofficial kick-off of summer, our family reflects on military deployments we’ve survived and years […]

Make This Earth Day an Opportunity to Get Outdoors

[This post was sponsored by Kohl’s as part of their commitment to encourage outdoor recreation by families around the country.] Today is Earth Day, an annual opportunity to become more aware of our planet, its environment, and the people who live upon it. Since 1970, Earth Day has waged a campaign to encourage everyone, and […]

Five Alaska Campgrounds to Take the Kids

by Jen Ostler It’s easy to feel a special kind of wonder when travelling through Alaska’s north country, and every time, I fall in love even more. Once the unpaved road begins and trees fade to tundra, I feel as if we are transported to another, beautiful planet. My favorite trip is along the Dalton […]

Attend Family Camp at Manitoba Cabin With AKontheGO

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” ~George Santayana, philosopher and poet It is well known among family members that the culmination of Kirkland family Alaska outdoor adventures will be followed by the mantra “And we get to live here.” A simple reminder, really, but one that bears repeating, because we are fortunate to be […]

Spring Family Camping Adventures in Alaska

How nice that my return to Alaska was punctuated by singing birds and snow-free trails! Here in Southcentral, anyway, spring has truly sprung (we know this by increasing daylight and an incurable itch to ditch the down jackets), and with it, thoughts of family camping. Here at AK Hacienda, our weekend will be spent throwing […]

Tips for Camping in Alaska

I locked the door on the AKontheGO trailer for the last time yesterday after carting armloads of outdoor clothing, bedding, and cans of food to a winter resting place in a closet under the stairs. Bittersweet packing this first week of autumn, with yellow leaves skittering across the roof and snow falling on way-back mountain […]