Alaska Family Travel Summer Showcase News

Several things happened over the weekend. First, all the snow vanished from my front yard in 50-degree temperatures; part of one of the earliest spring melts ever recorded. Second, the famous Alaska Summer Showcase happened at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. One is slightly disturbing (albeit delightful while in the moment of sunny […]

Alaska Railroad Easter Train: Tickets on sale NOW

Hippety, hoppety, friends: the Alaska Railroad Easter Train tickets went on sale yesterday, so get yourselves over to the Alaska Railroad website or call the reservations line and book your family right now!  This family-friendly train journey is takes passengers from Anchorage along Turnagain Arm to Indian and back again, with music, crafts, snacks, and tons […]

Spend Your Spring Break In Alaska

Attention, parents: March 8 is just around the corner. That’s the day schools around the state open their doors and release students for spring break. Of course, the term “spring” in reference to a season still very much looking like winter is definitely a misnomer here in Alaska, especially when teaser advertisements for swimsuits, sunscreen, […]

Alaska Railroad Hosts Fairbanks Family Fun Train

The Alaska Railroad has been in operation for nearly 100 years, serving residents and visitors with service between Seward and Fairbanks. Shipping goods and people has always been their number one priority, but the allure of trains pulls hard on youngsters, and AKRR has responded. Their newest special event train chugs away from the Fairbanks […]

Catch a Train This Summer With the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad launched what is sure to be a busy summer season already –  taking thousands of passengers to destinations from Seward to Fairbanks over Mother’s Day weekend. The company also announced the start of the 2018 Catch the Train Photo Contest, an interactive contest that lets passengers and fans share their images of […]

Alaska Railroad Easter Train Tickets On Sale Now!

Families with small children will want to hop over to the Alaska Railroad’s website and purchase tickets for the annual Easter Train. The March 31 event is a popular one, taking kids and parents through downtown Anchorage with views of Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, and some of our city’s most intriguing neighborhoods.  The Alaska Railroad […]

Southcentral Alaska Getaways For Fall

This story originally appeared in my Outdoors With Kids column in the Alaska Dispatch News on August 15, 2017.  Ah, summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Unless it’s the parting of my kid from his bed each morning in time to make the 8:15 a.m. bell. The calendar says it’s time to ready the troops […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak Family Fun – September Edition

Travel Tuesday was full of Alaska family fun this week with KTVA 11 Daybreak. From gardens to road trips, AKontheGO’s monthly appearance on Channel 11 was, as usual, lots of fun. You can catch the entire segment HERE. Highlights for September in Alaska?  Kaleidoscape Play Studio has REOPENED! This indoor play space, located in the […]

Chugach Adventures Brings Kids a Wild Ride on the Placer

by Danielle Benson While Alaska is an ultimate family vacation destination, it is also ideal for resident families looking for a limitless supply of staycation ideas. My “AK To-Do List” is always growing, and I’m confident I’ll never get to see and do everything, but not for lack of trying. This summer the nuggets and […]

Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discoverer: Your ticket to adventure this fall

When Alaskans stand up and jockey for scenic vistas, you know it’s good. With autumn definitely on the way around Southcentral Alaska, opportunities for colorful vistas and crisp, sunny days mean it’s time to get out and explore. Reaching beyond our usual day trip solids around Anchorage, Labor Day weekend delivered us to the Historic […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak: Labor Day “Top 5” Destinations

Were you up early to catch our Travel Tuesday segment on KTVA 11 Daybreak? If not, you can watch it HERE, and take note (below) of our top 5 Labor Day weekend hot spots for family fun. Why should you make plans for a getaway this weekend? Crowds are beginning to thin out, leaves are […]