Anchorage Ways to Play This Summer

OK, parents. Summer vacation and a gradual reopening of Alaska have both begun. Slowly, tourism-based businesses in the greater Anchorage area are opening their doors and welcoming visitors who are just as glad as they to be out of the house. With Alaska’s mandated 14-day inbound travel quarantine still in effect, the state is at […]

Day Cruises Prepare For Summer Season

Gradually, Alaska is beginning to reopen, and just in time for the arrival of Southcentral’s day cruise season. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, because gray whale season was back in March, but like everywhere else, the “day boats” weren’t going anywhere thanks to COVID-19. Now, though, we see a bit of light at the end […]

Earth Day in Alaska: Try these activities around the state, or at home

An ode to Earth Day, with love from Alaska. On this day in 1970, a collective of humans around the nation gathered in their respective regions to give voice to the modern environmental movement. I was two.  During this niche of history, people were using vast quantities of fossil fuels, particularly leaded gas for their […]

‘A’ is For Abbott Loop Community Park: Anchorage parks roundup

Last week, the Municipality of Anchorage formally announced the closure of all park playgrounds, sport courts, and ice rinks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this didn’t meet with approval among all city residents, the vast majority, while disappointed, realized the necessity. Anchorage parks represent 223 sites that vary among grassy fields, trails, […]

Alaska Railroad Easter Train: Tickets on sale NOW

Hippety, hoppety, friends: the Alaska Railroad Easter Train tickets went on sale yesterday, so get yourselves over to the Alaska Railroad website or call the reservations line and book your family right now!  This family-friendly train journey is takes passengers from Anchorage along Turnagain Arm to Indian and back again, with music, crafts, snacks, and tons […]

Catch a Train This Summer With the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad launched what is sure to be a busy summer season already –  taking thousands of passengers to destinations from Seward to Fairbanks over Mother’s Day weekend. The company also announced the start of the 2018 Catch the Train Photo Contest, an interactive contest that lets passengers and fans share their images of […]

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 […]

Take a 26 Glacier Cruise This Fall

This is part two of a two-part blog series on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours.  The first time I boarded the M/V Klondike Express for a 26 Glaciers Cruise, I wondered if I’d ever actually get off. I’m a catamaran fan, and the Klondike Express is as classy as they come, with wide booth […]

Glacier Quest Cruise Continues Through September 10

A sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours Alaska may be staring at the arrival of fall, but Phillips Cruises and Tours’ Glacier Quest Cruise is still plying the waters of Prince William Sound though Sunday, September 10.  Rain or shine, there’s no mistaking the beauty of this Southcentral Alaska corner pocket, with […]

Plan the Perfect Anchorage Picnic

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy around Anchorage. Or, it will be in just a few weeks. Temperatures are rising, grass is becoming greener by the minute, and the time is now to plan a new way to serve lunch or dinner to your family. Resident or temporary Last Frontier guest, there is nothing quite […]

Winter in Alaska: Visit the Trail of Blue Ice

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 27, 2016. It’s been a frenetic few weeks. Holiday cards, shopping, schlepping kids, cooking — you name it, we’ve done it. The Christmas season and subsequent vacation days are a delightful cacophony of activity, but we always make sure to invest at least one full […]