Alaska Ferry Travel Tips: What to bring, what to leave at home

Please, somebody tell me I am not the only traveler who pulls out a pad of paper mid-trip and starts writing down a list of stuff if “ever I do this again”. Yeah, so maybe I am. Regardless, my trip tips have become legendary in my family, as I am usually the one who has […]

Alaska on the Go: Living the dream of family travel on the Alaska Marine Highway

After three full days of sailing Alaska Marine Highway between Juneau and Bellingham, WA, the MV Malispina safely delivered these family travel pros to our terminus early Friday morning. Chugging reliably along the nation’s only water-based scenic byway and All-American Road, the Malispina provided us with views, wildlife, and characters from around the world, as […]

Sailing South on the Alaska Marine Highway

Alaska’s famed Inside Passage is best explored by boat, so that’s just what we’re going to do. AKontheGO is ready to embark on the last leg of a southeast Alaska adventure aboard the steady ‘blue canoes’ of the Alaska Marine Highway System, or AMHS, sailing this morning from Juneau, and arriving in Bellingham, WA early […]

Alaska Experiences Your Kids Will Love: Part two

Last week I shared three of five AKontheGO favorite adventures for kids and parents visiting the Last Frontier. As the most popular season for Alaska travel approaches with rapid speed, today I bring you the final two. Excellent destinations, they are, diverse in activity and environment, but similarly suited for family travel. If you recall, […]

Alaska Marine Highway System Has Golden Tickets! Enter and Win in 2013

Move over, Charlie Bucket. The Alaska Marine Highway System turns 50 in 2013 and is offering 12 specical Golden Tickets to lucky winners, and you don’t even have to go digging in a gutter to find them! Family travel via one of our favorite modes of transportation just got a whole lot funner (oh, wait, that’s […]

Alaska’s “Little Norway” Welcomes Your Family: Visiting Petersburg

Distant from the cruise ship routes, the quaint village of Petersburg, Alaska is a wonderful stop for family travelers seeking a bit of local culture and simple kid fun. Located in southeast Alaska on Mitkof Island, in beautiful Frederick Sound, Petersburg has managed to stave off the hordes of visitors who frequent other Inside Passage […]

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, […]

Magical Family Time Aboard Alaska State Ferries

If I close my eyes, I can transport myself back a hundred years. The deep, steady rhythm of engines churning their way through the Alaska’s Inside Passage is much the same today as it was back in the late 1800’s, when a gold rush brought thousands to the Last Frontier. Our family is spending two […]

Aye, Matey, the Alaska Marine Highway is Perfect For Families

We have boats on our mind this week as AK Fam prepares to depart for Alaskan ports unknown. Well, maybe not unknown, exactly, but unknown to us other than a quick stopovers on a cruise in 2009. After that fabulous but all-too short trip aboard a luxurious Holland America vessel, we were adamant about returning […]