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Sailing the Alaska Marine Highway: What you need to know for 2017

The Alaska Marine Highway System is a 3,500-mile route along some of the state’s most scenic coastline, and provides visitors an in-depth approach to adventures in the 49th state. Moreover, it’s a vital link for the rural residents living and working in roadless areas of Alaska, where rocky cliffs or distant shores prohibit passage by […]

AK Kid and Best Buddy hang out at the Signpost Forest in Watson Lake. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Alaska Family Adventures for 2017: Plan now

It’s no secret in the travel industry that planning a family vacation takes time, lots and lots of time. Busy parents and grandparents may have more tools available in the form of web-based resources, but all this information can also be confusing. The Alaska market is strong and growing stronger, particularly within the realm of […]

Look for day cruise deals at the Alaska Summer Showcase. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Plan 2016 Travel at the Alaska Summer Showcase

AK Fam is spending the week in sunny, dry, and incredibly beautiful Arizona this week, because hey, even travel writers deserve vacations. It’s been a big adventure for certain, between Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, and now, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, a historic and very laid-back outfit just outside Yucca. More on this, later. But […]

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Alaska Restaurants for Picky Kids

What’s the story AK Kid? You live in Alaska, home of sustainable seafood, the freshest there is, and I can’t even get you to try a halibut nugget? And don’t get me started on the whole aversion-to-Yukon-Gold-potatoes debacle. Traveling with kids who shun new foods, foods with unusual textures, colors, or levels of palatability can […]

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Gifting Your Time This Christmas

“All I want for Christmas is you.” ~Mariah Carey The spectrum of giving during the holiday season is certainly broad. On one end there lies Christmas lists like my son’s with no fewer than seven NFL jerseys and a NERF gun; on the other, lists like my 85 year-old father that say “I don’t need […]

Dengue-carrying mosquitoes love to hang out in grassy, wet landscapes, so avoiding these areas is a key to prevention. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Hawaii Dengue Fever Outbreak: Should you be worried?

Mosquitoes are pesky little critters, and we Alaskans should know, since much of our  summer is spent in creative ways to deter and detect these tiny, whiny insects that dine upon tender skin. Now, one of our favorite warm-weather destinations appears to be under siege from a variety of the buggar that seems hell-bent on […]

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Alaska Family Travel Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Every year the Alaska State Division of Tourism sponsors the Alaska Media Road Show for journalists from around the country to promote Alaska travel and tourism. Not that writers need too much convincing; Alaska is, after all, a state of superlatives. For a family travel writer who spends so much of every summer on the […]

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NEWS: AKontheGO Publisher Joins About.com

Sometimes opportunities come along at inconvenient moments. Like, perhaps, when one is sitting astride a kayak in the middle of Frederick Sound, or waiting to board a ferry to Dutch Harbor. Opportunities with positive potential sort of freak me out, and I’m just lucky a) I didn’t dump the kayak, and b) I made the […]

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Great Alaskan Holidays is the easy way to see our Last Frontier

(Great Alaskan Holidays is an AKontheGO sponsor business) For a state with no major freeways and only a few ribbons of actual paved road, driving Alaska nonetheless packs quite a punch. For many travelers, that means renting a recreational vehicle (RV) and exploring the scenic byways of the Last Frontier on their own, and Great […]

Alaska visitors might require alternative forms of transportation if a partial government shutdown occurs July 1. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

*BREAKING* Alaska Braces for Statewide Partial Shutdown of Government

  If you reside in Alaska, this email won’t come as much of a surprise. If you are a potential visitor, it might incite some anxiety, and even a fair amount of anger. We don’t blame you; we’re feeling the same thing. Here is the message I received from the Alaska Department of Transportation just […]

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AAA Alaska 2015 Summer Travel Forecast

  [sponsored on behalf of AAA Mountain West/AAA Alaska] Last weekend marked the unofficial start to Alaska summer fun. With brilliant weather and clear roadways mostly void of construction delays (crossing fingers, here), Alaskan families packed up RVs, automobiles and kids, and headed toward the campgrounds, lakes, beaches, and mountains for which our state is […]