Sheep Mountain Lodge Offers A Springtime Deal!

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a glacier, but don’t have the time or funds to venture into Alaska’s far-off backcountry, this is the deal for YOU.   Further, if you, like me, are fairly jumping out of your skin with anticipation of this glorious, lingering daylight, wishing you had a new place to ski […]

Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

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 […]

AKontheGO Top Family Trips for 2016

It happens every year about this time. Holiday preparations complete, school out for a lengthy winter break (which means a less hectic schedule), and I have time to sit unimpeded at my desk and browse photos from the previous year. Seasons tangle together in the photo galleries of family trips <—-I so have to fix […]

Seward and the Alaska SeaLife Center: A day off

It rained all day yesterday, sheet after sheet of icy droplets draped in a dreary fog that wrapped around the Chugach range and obstructed our usual view. This week seemed extra long, and the added grayness of what should have been a snow-capped, sun-kissed November instead proved to be anything but. So we left town. […]

Alaska Autumn Destinations to Wander With Your Tribe

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.* The season’s first official frost left a sparkling welcome upon my front lawn last weekend, and the birch leaves and hillside shrubs are beginning to change color. It’s an unmistakable signal that the seasonal shift from summer to fall is going […]

Going Remote: Driving the Denali Highway

by Danielle Benson This is it, one of my favorite times of year. In Alaska, it is planning season. Each spring, my nuggets splay out their large plywood Alaska maps, a holdover from a 3rd grade school project and our inspiration for endless opportunities. These kids are growing fast, and our Alaska adventures are ripe […]

Denali National Park: What you need to know for an autumn visit

Before you read any further, ponder this fact for a moment: Denali National Park encompasses six million acres, and there is but one road in or out. One narrow, dirt road that bisects the space, shared by thousands of eager visitors each year. And we got to drive it. Denali National Park is by far […]

Alaska RV Travel Made (more) Simple for Families PART I

Alaska’s open roads are a siren song for many 49th state travelers. Scenery, wildlife, and abundant recreation upon a whim – it’s all there, without a tour bus in sight. Dad at the wheel, mom operating the GPS and snapping casually-orchestrated Facebook photos of the kids teetering on the edge of a glacial moraine or […]

Alaska Road Trip Tips

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~Yogi Berra Ah, yes, the family road trip. Think station wagon, ribbons of highway, and singing family members happily trading coloring books and chocolate chip cookies in the back seat. Oh, wait, wasn’t that a Brady Bunch episode? The concept of a family vacation […]

Listen Up! Audio Guides a Fabulous Way to Explore Alaska’s Highways

I love it when people chase me down and want to share their latest and greatest discovery for Alaska exploration. It’s how Alaskans work best, I think, and when we’re excited about something, it shows; like new and innovative methods for keeping kids engaged and less likely to be slugging it out in the backseat […]