Sheldon Chalet a Family Vision for Denali

Explorer, photographer, and Alaska Range mapping pioneer Bradford Washburn said it thus:  “It is a sight that one just has to see to understand – the magnificence of Alaska mountain scenery at its best.”  For some who dream of visiting Alaska, the mountains, most notably Denali, are what draws them here. Even though the High […]

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 […]

Alaska Back-to-School Travel Wins

Back-to-school in Alaska means several things to 49th state families: Days are getting shorter Weather is growing cooler Travel is easier Wait, did I just say “easier”? Indeed. Easier because the nearly two million visitors have made their way home and the resulting lack of crowds is pleasing to those who struggle to take advantage […]

Sheldon Mountain House Affords More Than Views

*This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News Parents sometimes leave unexpected memories with their children, and one of Robert Sheldon’s earliest recollections involves a Piper Super Cub and the smell of aviation fuel. “It’s such a vivid memory, sitting on the lap of my father on the village airstrip in Talkeetna on a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great Places to View the New “Mount Denali”

This morning’s cover shot of the Alaska Dispatch News said it all: “It’s Official.” No longer called Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak is now and forever (we hope) named “Mount Denali.” If you have been one of the lucky few families to actually glimpse this mighty monolith during your Alaska vacation, congratulations, and..Isn’t she […]

Denali National Park’s Winter Trail System: Kids welcome

There is no doubt in my mind that Winter 2015 will go down as the year AKontheGO went places. Low snow levels (I’m starting to sound like a broken record), warmer temperatures, and open roads mean opportunities to get out of town more often, and that, we’re finding, is a good thing. Denali National Park […]

Denali National Park: What you need to know for an autumn visit

Before you read any further, ponder this fact for a moment: Denali National Park encompasses six million acres, and there is but one road in or out. One narrow, dirt road that bisects the space, shared by thousands of eager visitors each year. And we got to drive it. Denali National Park is by far […]

Denali National Park Road Lottery: We’re last-minute winners (sort of)

I receive a lot of fabulous messages from AKontheGO readers, but the one that cycled through the Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon had AK Fam hollering with excitement. “We won the Denali National Park Road Lottery, but have to make an unexpected trip abroad, unfortunately. Do you know anyone who might want it? Do YOU […]