Denali National Park – Unpacking the 2020 season

There’s no question that Denali National Park ranks high among visitors’ must-do lists. For Alaskans as well, since Denali is one of our state’s most accessible national parks, given its location along the George Parks Highway, about five hours north of Anchorage. Typically, visiting Denali between May and September requires abundant planning and preparation, thanks […]

Iditarod Ultimate Family Field Trip – Part Two

Everyone is back in his or her respective state, toting a duffel bag or two of Alaska-themed memories. The first-ever Salmon Berry Tours Ultimate Family Field Trip came to an end on Friday, and everyone; parents, kids, and guide moi are exhausted and happy at the outcome.  In the last post I shared our adventures […]

Puppy Love at Dream A Dream Sled Dog Tours

When people share their Alaska wish lists with me, it often begins like this:  “I’ve always dreamed of seeing a sled dog race,” or “It’s been my lifelong dream to meet a musher.”  Dreams are often perceived as pie-in-the-sky desires that rarely come true, but at the home of Vern Halter, longtime musher and co-owner […]

K’esugi Ken Campground a Treasure For Family Outings

I’ve traveled the Parks Highway a multitide of times during my 12-year tenure as an Alaska resident, and I always appreciate the landscape outside my window. But shortly past Trapper Creek – across the Chulitna river, where the green of Interior tundra starts to combine with brushy alder and willow, sits a new slice of […]

Family-Friendly Fun in Denali National Park: AKontheGO Takes You There

AK Kid gazed wonderingly across the tundra-clad valley near the Savage River check station. “We can see so far away,” my Anchorage-raised son mused. “I think I’ll like it here.” And like it, he did, even though we were a mere 15 miles into one of Alaska’s most fantastic family travel gems: Denali National Park. […]

Alaska Winter Takes Center Stage This Snowy Fun Friday

Hello, hello? Is anyone out there? Southcentral Alaska is positively buried in snow; from driveways to rooflines, we’re full, full, full of white stuff. I think it’s just perfect for throwing down that snow shovel and jumping headlong into a pile of family fun, Alaska-style. Welcome to Fun Friday, your weekly newsletter of interesting Alaska […]

Snowshoeing Alaska: No Experience Required

Got your hippety-hop on, this morning? You’ll sure need it to get anywhere in the 49th state, lately. There’s more snow than most of us have seen in a long time, and aside from shoveling it all into an enormous cone-shaped configuration in the front yard, one activity in particular comes to mind – snowshoeing. […]

Alaska Railroad Transports AKontheGO To a Winter Wonderland in Talkeetna

Sometimes, getting there is half the fun. In the case of the Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Train, it might appear that getting there could be all the fun, judging by the highjinks of AK Fam. All aboard?Absolutely. A popular way to see Alaska during the lush, green, summer months, the Alaska Railroad banks on high […]

Travelgram Recap and Upcoming Veterans Day Hotspots

Yesterday’s Alaska Travelgram Show (Podcast HERE) was a fabulous hour of travel power. Not only was Scott McMurren reporting live from the Emerald City of Seattle, giving us the 411 on where to stay and play during the late-autumn months, but in the studio with moi was Eileen Floyd of the Alaska Zoo with tons […]

Get On Board, the 2012 Ski Train Leaves the Station March 24!

A day of skiing like none other + a train ride = an institution. The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage has hosted the annual Ski Train since 1972, and, with the exception of one sad year without it, has created the perfect ski vacation. And it’s coming back, Saturday, March 24, 2012, just for you. […]

High-Flying With K2 Aviation

I live in Alaska, and like many Alaskan residents, I assumed I knew what my state looked like. Trees, mountains, rivers, and lakes; to my one-dimensional way of thinking the 49th state is indeed a colorful montage of untamed beauty. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could match what I see from […]