Gifting Alaska This Christmas – It’s Easy!

The final countdown has begun, and I’m joining legions of shoppers still making decisions about Alaska Christmas gifts for their family members. With one son in the tweens and one in the over-21 crowd, it’s not as simple as taking over a local toy store for presents anymore. I want to be cognizant of gifting […]

Driving the Seward Highway This Fall

All of a sudden, Alaska has fall. Not just one or two trees are yellow; they all are. Everywhere. The hillsides surrounding our home in east Anchorage are a burnt umber of browns and reds and brushed gold. I have a fire in the woodstove as a damp fog creeps around the neighborhood. It’s time, […]

Alaska Mother’s Day Treats: Take mom outdoors this summer

It might be a drizzly Friday around Alaska, but preparations are underway for a beautiful weekend of Mother’s Day shenanigans. If you missed AKontheGO’s Family Fun Calendar on KTVA 11 Daybreak this week (snoozing, perhaps?), don’t worry, the complete list, plus a few extras, are right here. Whew. Mother’s Day weekend is typically when Alaska […]

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Wood Bison: Release is nearly here!

The public has one final chance to see a herd of 100 threatened Wood bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center before they are released in a historic effort to restore their numbers in Alaska. Wood bison, on of two subspecies of American bison (Plains bison are the other), and used to roam the meadowlands […]

Spending a Kid-Friendly Spring Break in Alaska

For once, the concept of ‘spring break’ in Alaska might actually match with the dates provided by school districts. Kids will be released to fly to Hawaii, Arizona, or other warm, fuzzy places next week, except for those of us staying here. But staying here means a full list of kid-friendly fun without spending a […]

A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right. Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February: Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss? A: […]

Three Reasons to Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center This Winter

During a bustling summer tourist season, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage draws thousands of visitors eager to catch more than a glimpse of their favorite 49th state critter. Across the grassy, brushy land near the Placer River at the end of Turnagain Arm, AWCC is the kind of place most guests to Alaska […]

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 Wildlife: Four great places for winter critter viewing with kids

Cool Fact: Not all Alaskan animals hibernate during our long, cold winters. Bigger Cool Fact: Winter can be one of the best seasons for viewing critters, especially with kids. Alaska’s wild animals possess an amazing ability to survive and thrive in an often harsh environment where food can be scarce September through May. Taking advantage […]

Alaska Moose: Safety tips for visiting families (and the rest of us)

Note: I wrote this post before a cow moose was killed near a Denali National Park Visitor Center by a person exercising his right to defend life/property. While that individual was indeed within boundaries of federal law, much discussion centers around appropriate actions during high numbers of moose-human interactions this summer.  AKontheGO believes, and will […]