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Alaska Railroad Holiday Train Tips

It was a cheerful train that chugged away from the Anchorage Historic Depot last Saturday afternoon. Two locomotives, four cars, and nearly a hundred volunteers spread out among them, all decked out for Christmas. The Alaska Railroad Holiday Trains are a longtime favorite of Anchorage families, and the experience has grown more popular every year. […]

AK Kid and I try to measure up to a giant cabbage at the Alaska State Fair's 2013 event.

Alaska State Fair is ‘Good Time Fun’ in 2014

We know when it’s time for the fair, around here. The rhubarb leaves are big enough to sleep under, my car windows fog up in the morning on the way to school, and I only need to cut the grass once a week. Yep, it’s time. The 2014 Alaska State Fairbegins tomorrow, and as always, […]

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Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train: Outdoor options for the whole family

One of Alaska’s best attributes is the unique partnerships that develop among vendors in the travel and tourism industry. It’s no surprise, given the depth and breadth of activities, and so many ways to reinvent outdoor experiences to meet the demands of a diverse visitor demographic. That said, it always makes me smile when someone […]

Alaska Railroad and March Mid-Week Special *NEW*

Happy Wednesday. As in mid-week, hump day, all downhill to the weekend from here-day. The perfect day, in fact, to shout about the Alaska Railroad’s announcement of a NEW, middle of the week departure between Anchorage and Fairbanks, scheduled to go ahead in March. It’s special, all right. Typically the Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train […]

Double check before booking that kayak trip - look for multiple activities in one area to meet a diverse range of interests and abilities.

Bring the Entire Family to Alaska: Multi-gen is hot for 2014

Recent survey results generated by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) suggest that families traveling with multiple generations find the Last Frontier a pretty hospitable place. Surprising? Perhaps not, when one considers the factors involved in Alaska’s travel scene. While Alaska visitors still average around the 50+ age mark, this also provides an excellent foundation […]

Give Alaska Travel for Christmas!

Jimmy Stewart, playing the role of discouraged George Bailey in the immortal holiday classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ said, “You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are, Uncle Billy? Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.” I’m inclined to believe him. What could be more fabulous than filling Christmas stockings with […]

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Alaska Travel Meets a Need Through a Simple Field Trip

“The water is wide, I can’t cross ‘oer. And neither have I wings to fly. Build me a boat that will carry two, and both shall row…”  This was a week of humility. Travel accomplishes this quite nicely, especially in Alaska where Mother Nature doesn’t always go along with the prescribed plan. My pal and […]

The Hurricane Turn train chugs riverside out of Talkeetna.

Alaska Railroad’s Hurricane Turn Train: It’s all about personality

A dirty flag waved wildly back and forth as the locomotive’s engines ground slowly to a stop along the tracks. Within moments, a little group of people stepped out from behind a clump of willow branches, lugging plastic bins, tents, fishing poles, and rifles. Quickly tossing gear, dogs, and kids into the baggage car, these […]

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Spring Break in Alaska: Get out and play!

Two parents sent messages to me today asking for spring break boredom-busters. Apparently their kids woke up and lasted about an hour before clamoring for “something to do.” Is it the weather? The lengthening daylight? Or, maybe the calendar snuck up on us this year, leaving many people, myself included, a bit lacking in the […]