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 […]

Don’t Be a Rookie: Five tips for Alaska vacation success

First-time Alaska visitors, listen up. This post is for you. Whether you’re hopping on board a cruise ship or renting an RV, an Alaska vacation requires much forethought, and making reservations is merely the first step. For those embarking on their rookie Alaska adventure, AKontheGO has five valuable tips to help create a truly unforgettable […]

Eight Must-Pack Items for Alaska Visitors

Packing for a journey can be a joy or a major source of frustration for many Alaska visitors. Unsure about geography, weather patterns, or scheduled activities, people tend to pack for the season at home and not that of the Last Frontier, resulting in uncomfortable experiences at best, and dangerous scenarios at worst. Personally, I […]

Must-Do Family Experiences – Southcentral Alaska

This is the second in an occasional series of posts showcasing the “gotta-do” activities in Alaska, divided up by region. The first area I explored was Southeast Alaska and the communities of Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, and such. Now, I move north. ~Erin K Alaska visitors almost always make a stop in the state’s most populated […]

Five Alaska Experiences to Reserve NOW

  State of Alaska tourism offices predict nearly two million people will fly, float, drive, and cycle their way around the 49th state in 2015. While Alaska is indeed a very large place, the resources for tourism products and services are relatively limited due to a number of factors like operating costs, geography, and seasons. […]

Traveling Alaska With Tweens: We’re almost there

In two weeks, AKontheGO will be entering a new phase of Alaska family travel. A journey that started with a wiggling bundle of toddler energy has now transitioned onto a different path, albeit a very exciting one, with enough twists, peaks, and valleys to both energize and frustrate us. It’s time to travel with a […]

Hiking Anchorage’s Highest Peaks: What families should know

Many Anchorage residents favor the city’s urban trail system as a go-to place for outdoor recreation at the drop of a hat. We’re lucky, really; at our figurative (and in some cases literal) doorsteps lie miles and miles of mountain pathways ranging from easy to difficult. Kids grow up hiking to destinations with names like […]

Family RV Adventures start with Great Alaskan Holidays

(Sponsored post) I never actually thought I’d be an RV owner. Growing up with parents who were firm believers in the “tent-or-nothing” style of camping, an RV of any make, model, or style seemed out of reach. In fact, I briefly went through a period of time when I actually teased friends who owned RVs […]

Iditarod 2014: Family-Friendly Viewing

Mush on, you huskies! It’s barely three days until the start of Iditarod 2014, when 70+ teams of 20+ dogs and one human apiece will depart from downtown Anchorage for more than 1,000 miles of Alaska backcountry mushing. In its 42nd year, the Iditarod is known as the “Last Great Race,” and a great one […]

Alaska Heritage Tours: Personal attention for a custom family vacation

I meet hundreds of Alaska visitors each year, and most have successfully navigated the internet-based jungle of trip reviews, social media sites, and personal recommendations from friends or family about what to see in the Last Frontier. But just as no family vacation is one-size-fits-all, neither is Alaska. Enter the arranged tour, and one company […]