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 […]

Prince William Sound: Closer than you think

Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent more time in Prince William Sound and the community of Whittier than I have during my 10 years of Alaska residence. This scenic area of southcentral Alaska entices thousands of Alaska visitors each year, eager for glaciers, wildlife, and a good dose of “real Alaska.” And they find […]

Whale-Watching with KTVA’s Daybreak: Alaskans, pay attention!

  It’s always a joyous moment when Alaskans see something they hadn’t before. Be it wildlife or landscape, Alaska never fails to disappoint, even for those of us who have called the state home for a long time. Like whale-watching, for instance. KTVA 11’s Daybreak host James Gaddis joined me on a trip to Seward […]

Getting ‘Frozen’ in Alaska With the Kids: Best places to find snow and ice

Did you hear there’s a new movie that features our favorite frozen material? If you have kids, you’ve undoubtedly been badgered to attend a showing of Disney’s epic tale of love and life in the snow. And, as often happens when a film depicts someplace romantically mysterious and highly adventurous, I’m betting my mukluks Alaska […]

Break Away at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in Seward, Alaska

“…break clean away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.”  ~ John Muir My wilderness hero speaks such wisdom, but how often I forget. Finding my happy place in Alaska seems so simple, right? A travel journalist, out and about to all sorts of beautiful places on […]

Alaska Day Cruises Provide Family Fun – But Hurry!

Signs of spring are busting out across Alaska. From slushy streets to the return of wild birds from points south, Alaskans know the season called “Breakup” has indeed arrived. Kids dance in the mud puddles, and parents survey damage done to a winter’s worth of snow pants and mittens, smiling all the way. How else […]

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? […]

*Extra* Alaska Travelgram Podcast With CIRI Alaska Tourism

It was indeed a “whale of a time” when the Alaska Travelgram Team invited Dee Buchanan of CIRI Alaska Tourism to the weekly podcast party. Covering the wonderful dining options available at CIRI’s Talkeetna Alaska Lodge, Seward Windsong Lodge, and beautiful Fox Island, then chatting about my wild day aboard the Kenai Fjords Tour catamaran […]

Whales and Wildlife in Juneau: Orca Enterprises Teaches and Entertains

Alaskans do love their critters. From creekside to tundra, sea to shining sea, animals are an integral part of Alaska’s beautiful tapestry. Why, just this morning I witnessed a mammoth traffic jam due to a mama moose and her yearling calf ambling across a major Anchorage arterial; where else could one find that on the […]

Alaska Vistas Provides More Than Transportation to Anan Wildlife Observatory

Low clouds wrapped depressingly around the harbor as we prepared for a day exploring the wilds of Wrangell. Day packs stuffed with rain gear, hats, gloves, and extra socks,  AK Fam tentatively emerged from the office of Alaska Vistas, peering suspiciously at the dripping morning from beneath our hoods. We were bound for Anan Wildlife […]

CIRI Alaska Tourism Shows Off A Beautiful World

Navigating the many options for Alaska day cruises, tours, and multi-itinerary experiences can be confusing. Knowing where, when, and how to approach this popular avenue of 49th state tourism is as important to one’s family as it is to one’s wallet. With day cruises in running the gamut of 2-9 hour excursions into wildlife and […]