Anchorage Museum – New Look for Old Sciences

The verbiage said it all.  “Deep time will blow your mind.”  The Anchorage Museum proudly unveiled three new exhibitions to media as part of their most recent renovation, and science plays an abiding role in the artful pieces.  Well-known artist of Alaska whimsy and quirky prose Ray Troll paired up with paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director […]

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 […]

A Downtown Pass Means More Family Fun in Anchorage

by Erin Kirkland Note: AKontheGO is working in tandem with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership to promote the Downtown Pass.  The core of any city is reflected in the vibrancy of its downtown district, and Anchorage is no different. Alaska’s largest village is known as a hub for commerce, governance, tourism, and transportation, and is one […]

Russia-Alaska Relationship at Anchorage Museum’s “Polar Bear Garden”

by Erin Kirkland Dateline – The Anchorage Museum Polar Bear Garden. Dear America, our Facebook relationship status with Russia is best defined as”complicated.”  Not since Saturday Night Live paraphrased a comment in 2008 by then-governor Sarah Palin as “You can see Russia from my house,” has the Alaska-Russia association, or lack of, been more pertinent. […]

Billy Elliot the Musical: Anchorage Concert Association’s win for teen families

by Erin Kirkland “Everyone is different; it’s the natural state. It’s the facts, it’s plain to see. The world’s gray enough without making it worse; what we need is individuality.” ~Expressing Yourself, Billy Elliot the Musical  What tween or teen hasn’t looked in the mirror and been confused by who stares back? I certainly was, […]

Winter At the Alaska Zoo

This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on December 12, 2016 Step through the gates of the Alaska Zoo on a snowy day and you might be surprised at the level of activity among the residents. Ember, a red fox, likes to jump in snow piled up by accommodating keepers. The otter clan slips and […]

Celebrating Alaska Day in Anchorage

Today is the day residents of Alaska brush of their sense of pride along with their Xtra Tuff boots and warm hats, and stand a little taller, thanks to the Tsar of Russia. Alaska Day is held each October 18, marking the purchase of the Alaska Territory (then known as Russisan America) by the United […]

New Guidebook Shows Off Anchorage Playgrounds

When Colleen Carlson gave birth to her son, James, she knew she wanted to spend as much time as possible exploring Alaska’s outdoor spaces with her little one. This former environmental educator, naturalist, and advocate for play was born and raised in Soldotna, and was familiar with the forests, lakes, rivers, and bays of Southcentral […]

The Lakefront Anchorage: A win for hospitality and location

The Lakefront Anchorage – 248 rooms $$-$$$ (moderate to more expensive) 4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99517 (907) 243-2300 http://www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/destinations/anchorage.html Perhaps more familiar to some as the official home of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race HQ than as a place to overnight, The Lakefront Anchorage hotel deserves kudos for its stellar upgrades and efforts to […]

Van Gogh Alive at Anchorage Museum

During my school years, studying the works of Vincent Van Gogh was a bit like taking a literature class; necessary, but a bit incomprehensible. He painted ‘Starry Night,’ was perpetually mad, and eventually killed himself rather than face a world that delivered more pain than joy…—–> OK, let’s get real: I learned that Van Gogh […]

Four Hours on Anchorage’s 4th Avenue

    On a recent summer afternoon, Anchorage’s 4th Avenue played host to an entire tour bus of visitors, a family looking for cupcakes, and a duo of bike riders weaving around the horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping their way down the street. If ever there was a roadway that defines the eclectic diversity of Alaska’s largest […]