Quebec and Beyond

AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland is spending the week in the Canadian province of Quebec, exploring some of the smaller communities and outdoor-themed attractions often overlooked by visitors seeking the big city. Thanks to Tourisme Quebec for overseeing these seven days far from Alaska.  If first impressions are everything, then I require nothing more from Quebec. […]

3 Days in Bellingham, Washington

Home to 82,000 people and a wealth of outdoor recreation to whet the whistle of anyone with a sense of adventure, Bellingham reminds me again and again of why I like to visit. This Pacific Northwest city is home to Western Washington University, is the beginning of the Alaska Marine Highway System, and a gateway […]

Visit Hawai’i: You’ll be fine

First the cracks appeared in local streets in a corner of Hawai’i, often accompanied by earthquakes that rattled nerves. The fissures widened, local officials put metal plates over them and warned residents to stay away — something big was happening. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, where a cauldron of bubbling molten rock simmered all day and […]

Ski Washington With Your Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on November 7, 2017. Alaskans have an interesting relationship with Washington state. Even though the two states are separated by some 1,450 miles of real estate, Washington is often viewed as Alaska’s cosmopolitan cousin, a place for shopping, airport layovers and the occasional football or baseball […]

HoloHolo Adventures: See the Big Island your way

As AKontheGO works toward a future of tropical family travel adventures to compliment our Alaskan style, Hawai’i is a natural step. The Big Island is the youngest of the Hawaiian islands, and the most diverse, with about 15 of the world’s ecosystems right here within the scope of its 4,028 square miles (as a side […]

Find Your Aloha: Hawaii on a budget

Winter is prime time for many Alaska families to pack the flip-flops, shorts, and tees and fly to the Islands of Hawaii. AKontheGO contributor Danielle Benson did just that with her three kids, and found many budget-friendly options that pleased her tweenage crew.  by Danielle Benson I’ve long dreamed of the day my kids would […]

Camping in America: The KOA mission and vision carries on

KOA provided AKontheGO with several nights of accommodations during our recent Iowa to Alaska road trip. Below is a synopsis of the company, its history, and mission to inspire more families to spend time outside.  Nestled deep in the fabric of American culture, the concept of camping outdoors is as much about United States history […]

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch: A desert view of springtime

Clutching the detailed driving directions from the highway, I squinted at the dusty road ahead and poked my husband’s arm. “There, do you see it? That’s Doc Holliday Road. Turn here.” We had turned, and turned, and turned again along a series of soft, sandy roads on our way to Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, 40 […]

Outdoor Families Magazine Turns One and I Want You to Win

For those familiar with the birth and ultimate success of AKontheGO, and of my penchant for trying to do a million things at once just because they sound like a good idea at the time, you may not have been surprised last January when I announced a new project aimed at helping families enjoy the […]

Alaska to Costa Rica: One family’s adventure

AKontheGO note: When Anchorage writer Gina Romero told me she was planning on taking her family to Costa Rica just before Christmas, I swooned and told her she simply must give me the skinny on this warm, tropical, and friendly Central America destination. Traveling with their son and daughter, Romero and her husband found plenty […]

Iowa to Alaska 2016: The planning continues

A very merry Boxing Day, AKontheGO readers! We hear it’s snowing back home in Alaska, even as AK Fam enjoys a bit of green in beautiful-but-extremely-rainy Portland, Oregon. Rainy, but brighter than Alaska, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and going down around 5:30 p.m. What a concept, this light, and we’re enjoying the […]