Pangaea Adventures Paddles Toward Confidence

Note: A big warm thank you to Pangaea Adventures, most especially guide Emma, for the calm, cool, and most knowledgable three hours I’ve ever spent sitting in a kayak.  In 12 years of Alaska residence, I’ve overcome many of the trepidations about living, working, and playing in the Last Frontier. Bears, for example. And small […]

Campers Will Enjoy Valdez KOA This Summer

Camping as a form of recreation and travel is moving up within the list of family vacation favorites, according to the 2017 Topline Report published by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the largest purveyor of franchise campgrounds in the United States. Currently, 61% of U.S. households went camping at least once last year, and of those […]

Explore Valdez With Your Family

by Theresa Hewston Valdez is an adventure paradise offering everything from spectacular roadside waterfalls to intense icefield hiking trails. This family-friendly town is full of history, culture, scenic beauty, wildlife, and adventure. It’s also full of opportunity. Take some time to explore Valdez and it will quickly find a place in your soul forever. GETTING […]

Making the Most of McCarthy and Kennecott: Plan it now

by Danielle Benson In my experience, there are two distinct ways to approach family travel. First, the Mouse Theme Park Trip. The family saves up, sometimes for years, spends a ton of money, does not worry about a thing and has a grand time. My family has been saving up for such a trip for […]

Exxon Valdez: Visiting Prince William Sound 25 years later

The sheen of oil is gone, flushed away by winter storms and the perpetual shifting of saltwater. Otters still float atop the waves, clinging to each other and kelp beds, staring at passersby with wide eyes and furry faces. Sea lions, whales, sea birds of all species – they’re all around, too, and yet whenever […]

Fishing With Kids in Valdez, Alaska: Catch some memories here!

(This is a sponsored post on behalf of Valdez Fish Derbies.) Give a kid a fish, and he might eat it, if you’re lucky. “Uh-uh, no way, I’m NOT trying that.” Teach a kid to fish, and the picture changes. The fish changes. Everything changes. Alaska is about fish. Watching fish, catching fish, smoking and […]

Alaska With Kids: See Prince William Sound and Valdez With Our 49th State Itinerary

Happy frozen Monday! AKontheGO is jumping into another week of family travel news, information, and tips for your next 49th state adventure. This week we’re headed to Prince William Sound and AK Fam-favorite community, Valdez. Beautiful, rugged, and full of laid-back charm, Valdez does have a dramatic story as a Gold Rush town, Trans-Alaska pipeline […]

Alaska Family Fun Continues: Where to Find the Action This Weekend

Just look at what AK Fam found yesterday aboard a Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruise! An entire whale was attached to that tail, and he/she was one big creature cruising around the chilly waters of Prince William Sound. This is what Alaska family travel is all about – scenes like this. Don’t you love it? […]

Why I Love the Alaska Marine Highway: AKontheGO Heads to Valdez

“Look, Mommy! There’s a whole field of icebergs – I hope we don’t sink!!” My son’s screechy voice carried across the far reaches of the ferry as if spit from a bullhorn. Too many Titanic movies had made him very iceberg-aware; although, in fairness to our excellent crew, perhaps not presented in the manner he […]

Alaska Experience, 2011: AKontheGO Reviews the Year

This was going to be a typical “Top Five” list.  AK Fam had already engaged in a number of spirited conversations, arguing and pleading and lobbying for favorite destinations to achieve AKontheGO-greatness. But we couldn’t agree. AK Dad, Kid, and I were busy in 2011, traveling in all directions to expand our sense of adventure, […]

Lifting Me Higher: Mother’s Day Weekend in Valdez

It’s not the average Mother’s Day weekend, I’ll admit. Peering into the guts of an Alaskan bush airplane and schmoozing with Carhartt-clad pilots while noshing on a cheeseburger at tarmac’s edge. But I’ll be a monkey’s mother if it wasn’t one of the best three days I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing with my […]