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 […]

Bring the Entire Family to Alaska: Multi-gen is hot for 2014

Recent survey results generated by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) suggest that families traveling with multiple generations find the Last Frontier a pretty hospitable place. Surprising? Perhaps not, when one considers the factors involved in Alaska’s travel scene. While Alaska visitors still average around the 50+ age mark, this also provides an excellent foundation […]

Plan Now for an Alaska Family Vacation, 2014

In less than a week, reservation floodgates will open and eager will-be Alaska vacationers shall begin a frenzy of planning. From Alaska’s national parks to her hotel rooms, the 49th state begins to bustle come January 1 – not with people, but rather, their internet and telephone presence. With a short summer travel season that […]

Holiday Travel With Kids: Making sense of the season

Every phase of AK Kid’s growth comes with a new set of requirements for travel – I know this now. What worked at 12 months certainly didn’t work at age two, or four, or eight, and now, with our son entering the halls of ‘tweendom, travel, particularly holiday travel, is a new experience. Perhaps you […]

Tips for Exploring National Parks With Kids

AKontheGO is proud to partner with yet another outdoor-minded business to promote and encourage travel experiences as a family. US Parks, a website dedicated to the preservation and promotion of our national park system and outdoor recreation, has asked me to contribute to their newly-formed Park Journal project. As the sole writer with an emphasis […]

Alaska Airlines Q400 Update: I flew the Bombardier

While my trip to the Big Sky State last week was not under the most joyful of circumstances, I did have the opportunity to fly aboard an Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Bombardier Q400, the very same type of aircraft scheduled for arrival on the Anchorage-Fairbanks run starting March, 2014. And that made me happy, dear AKontheGO’ers, […]

Government Shutdown in Alaska: How to Keep On Keepin’ On

It’s been a wild week as AKontheGO joined the rest of our nation in a “will they or won’t they” waiting game, huddled around the radio. Turned out, they did, and now we’re scrambling to figure out how to support our federally-funded, favorite wild places and distribute important information to you, our readers. Tough to […]

Alaska Airlines and the Bombardier Q400: What families need to know

A few weeks ago, Alaska Airlines rolled out a sample aircraft from sister company Horizon Airlines as a welcome mat of sorts for Fairbanks travelers edgy about this new, turbo-prop creature that will be shuttling they and their stuff between the Golden Heart City and Anchorage. It’s sleek, it’s pretty, and it’s just about as […]

Encouraging Kids to ‘Dream Big’ and See the World

We’re entertaining this week, and not just the average touring family. Several months ago I received a Facebook  message from a very nice woman named Sally, who had a request. “My seven year-old son, Natie, has always wanted to visit Alaska; he’s sold cupcakes and treats at our local community market every week for more […]

Traveling With Another Family – Win, Win?

As a child, few vacations held such appeal for fun than those embarked upon with another family. Ready-made playmates besides my brother and sister, campfires, canoe excursions, and the absolute sparkling gem; riding in someone else’s car for a few hours while caravaning across the Pacific Northwest. We woke up each morning to toast and […]