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 […]

Camping 101 With AKontheGO and Anchorage Community House

Were you raised to spend summer nights in a canvas tent, cooking meals over a campfire and playing until all hours among the leafy trees and rocky streams? I was, and so were many of my friends. My parents would pack the VW Bus with sleeping bags, coolers, boots, extra clothes, and that smelly canvas […]

One Family’s Iditarod Experience

By Heather Mundt Note: Colorado freelance writer Heather Mundt and her family visited Anchorage for the 2016 Iditarod. This is a two-part story sharing their trip; hopefully it will inspire those unsure about a winter adventure to witness the start of the Last Great Race. ~EK   Heading to a park in Anchorage, Alaska on a […]

PFD Travel Fair: A MUST-do this weekend

Planning ahead for 2017? I hope so, because the first-ever Alaska Travelgram PFD Travel Fair is happening on Saturday, September 24 in Anchorage, with a full docket of ideas and destinations to make this your family’s best travel year ever. If you follow AKontheGO’s social media accounts you know our commitment to digging deep for […]

Plan 2016 Travel at the Alaska Summer Showcase

AK Fam is spending the week in sunny, dry, and incredibly beautiful Arizona this week, because hey, even travel writers deserve vacations. It’s been a big adventure for certain, between Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, and now, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, a historic and very laid-back outfit just outside Yucca. More on this, later. But […]

Iditarod 2016 With the Family

A whopping 86 teams make up the current field of Iditarod 44, putting this year’s contest in the top five for numbers. Who drops out just before the official start remains to be seen, but as of today, this is shaping up to be a contest for the books. Of course, the fact that Anchorage has […]

Attend Family Camp at Manitoba Cabin With AKontheGO

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” ~George Santayana, philosopher and poet It is well known among family members that the culmination of Kirkland family Alaska outdoor adventures will be followed by the mantra “And we get to live here.” A simple reminder, really, but one that bears repeating, because we are fortunate to be […]

Skiing, Buses, and Moose Mountain Magic

It’s nearly February, the time of year we finally start to see more sunshine peeking its shiny head out a bit earlier in the morning, and lingering a little longer on the frozen hills in the afternoon. If you’re a winter-loving snow enthusiast, or your kids are, don’t despair: December and January may not have […]

Iowa to Alaska 2016: The planning continues

A very merry Boxing Day, AKontheGO readers! We hear it’s snowing back home in Alaska, even as AK Fam enjoys a bit of green in beautiful-but-extremely-rainy Portland, Oregon. Rainy, but brighter than Alaska, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and going down around 5:30 p.m. What a concept, this light, and we’re enjoying the […]

NEWS: AKontheGO Publisher Joins About.com

Sometimes opportunities come along at inconvenient moments. Like, perhaps, when one is sitting astride a kayak in the middle of Frederick Sound, or waiting to board a ferry to Dutch Harbor. Opportunities with positive potential sort of freak me out, and I’m just lucky a) I didn’t dump the kayak, and b) I made the […]