COVID-19 and Your Family Travel: What now?

The world has gone mad. There’s really no other way to describe what’s happening as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, sweeps around the world like a hurricane. We, a human, herd-loving species, are frightened, needy, and in search of answers that aren’t easily addressed.  Our family is currently lodged in Tucson, Arizona, on “phase two” […]

Traveling to Alaska in 2020? Do these things right now

It’s a new year — 2020 has arrived and the time is now to solidify Alaska travel plans if Santa Claus put a big old trip around the Last Frontier under the Christmas tree. If you haven’t yet made reservations or dotted the map with Alaska destinations, now is the time to… Plan the route. […]

Alaska Cruise Updates: 2020 Must-Know Info

Of the two million people who visit Alaska each year, at least one million of those arrive or depart via cruise ships. From the mega-vessels housing thousands to smaller yachts carrying only a few, Alaska cruises are big business for the tourism industry. They are also the source of much confusion when it comes to […]

Let Kühl Top Your Alaska Packing List

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Kühl clothing company.* I just returned from the Anchorage airport, where I witnessed the annual crush of summer tourists fighting their way around the gate areas and baggage claims, retrieving enormous suitcases and duffels and generally becoming hot and sweaty in the process. It’s been hotter […]

On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]

Liquid Adventures: Go farther

Finally, after an early-season delay, AK Kid and I were finally able to motor into the far reaches of Harris Bay with Liquid Adventures, for a day kayaking at eye level with Northwestern Glacier.  Rain poured down as we drove south from our home in Anchorage toward the little town of Seward, Alaska. Situated at […]

5 Reasons to Stay at Heritage RV Park in Homer

Where AKontheGO meets up with the good folks at Heritage RV Park along the Homer Spit.  There’s a lot to like about traveling by RV to the cosmic town of Homer, Alaska. A smallish town of 8,000 or so at the end of the Sterling Highway about five hours from Anchorage, Homer is a place […]

Alaska Botanical Garden – Summer Camps for Kids!

Don’t have plans for the youngsters this summer? Want the whole family to take an active interest in gardening, Alaska plants, and the environment? This just landed in my email inbox from the Alaska Botanical Garden.   Located just off Campbell Airstrip Road and Tudor Road in Anchorage, The Alaska Botanical Garden is an excellent […]

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 […]

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 […]

Campers Will Enjoy Valdez KOA This Summer

Camping as a form of recreation and travel is moving up within the list of family vacation favorites, according to the 2017 Topline Report published by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the largest purveyor of franchise campgrounds in the United States. Currently, 61% of U.S. households went camping at least once last year, and of those […]