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 […]

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 […]

Great Places to View the New “Mount Denali”

This morning’s cover shot of the Alaska Dispatch News said it all: “It’s Official.” No longer called Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak is now and forever (we hope) named “Mount Denali.” If you have been one of the lucky few families to actually glimpse this mighty monolith during your Alaska vacation, congratulations, and..Isn’t she […]

President Obama is Coming to Alaska: What we think he should see

President Obama is making his first-ever trip beyond the military bases of Alaska next week. People are agog, either with angst that he’s coming at all or with anticipation that this president will somehow, somewhere, take a firmer stand on climate change and important issues regarding the planet’s Arctic regions. It’s an important visit, no […]

Road Trip Planning With Great Alaskan Holidays

[A sponsored post on behalf of Great Alaskan Holidays, based in Anchorage] The first few lines of my book say it all: “Let’s be honest. Preparing for a trip across town with children can sometimes be difficult, never mind planning a vacation to a state twice the size of Texas. With almost 587,000 square miles […]

Five Reasons to Love Southeast Alaska

Of the nearly two million people who venture to Alaska each year, about half of those travel through the southeast section, also known as the “panhandle,” “Inside Passage,” or simply “Southeast” to those of us who live, work, or play in within its lush, green landscape. Right now, in fact, I’m doing all three; living […]

Unalaska Dutch Harbor: Finding the heart of the Aleutians

I rather feel as if our family has accomplished a true Alaska rite of passage by sailing the Aleutian Islands chain to Unalaska-Dutch Harbor. We’ve put in our miles around the state, to be sure, but it’s trips like the one we completed last week that truly cement my assertion that we are, truly, Alaska’s […]

Explore Seward’s Resurrection Bay With Kenai Fjords Tours

by Bryan Bearss Note: This was (gasp) Musher Bryan’s first foray into day cruising Resurrection Bay in Seward. He’d never see a whale, nor spotted a sea lion lounging on a rock. Below are his impressions from a rookie day cruiser’s perspective.  Here we are, standing on the doorstep of summer in Alaska. Everyone, it […]

Denali National Park’s Winter Trail System: Kids welcome

There is no doubt in my mind that Winter 2015 will go down as the year AKontheGO went places. Low snow levels (I’m starting to sound like a broken record), warmer temperatures, and open roads mean opportunities to get out of town more often, and that, we’re finding, is a good thing. Denali National Park […]

AKontheGO Brings a New Look For Winter

Regular AKontheGO readers may have noticed a few changes to the website’s format. Every few years, Web Guy and I get together and talk about freshening up the layout, and considering ways to make your AKontheGO experience more informative, a little brighter, and a whole lot more fun. So here’s what we’ve come up with […]