Sailing the Alaska Marine Highway: What you need to know for 2017

The Alaska Marine Highway System is a 3,500-mile route along some of the state’s most scenic coastline, and provides visitors an in-depth approach to adventures in the 49th state. Moreover, it’s a vital link for the rural residents living and working in roadless areas of Alaska, where rocky cliffs or distant shores prohibit passage by […]

AAA: Add the kids for extra peace of mind

This is a sponsored post on behalf of AAA Alaska and Washington.  As my son, now 12, begins a new journey into adolesence (may the good lord help me), he leans in to the idea of more independence. It’s a good thing, because he’s growing up and making strides to explore sections of Alaska that […]

Celebrating Alaska Day in Anchorage

Today is the day residents of Alaska brush of their sense of pride along with their Xtra Tuff boots and warm hats, and stand a little taller, thanks to the Tsar of Russia. Alaska Day is held each October 18, marking the purchase of the Alaska Territory (then known as Russisan America) by the United […]

Alaska Family Adventures for 2017: Plan now

It’s no secret in the travel industry that planning a family vacation takes time, lots and lots of time. Busy parents and grandparents may have more tools available in the form of web-based resources, but all this information can also be confusing. The Alaska market is strong and growing stronger, particularly within the realm of […]

Alaska Travel Industry Association – A Major Award

AKontheGO was honored this past week at the Alaska Travel Industry Association annual convention, and while I hesitate to blow my own horn of achievement, I do think the underlying statement of support deserves mention. After almost 8 years of beating the drum for family travel in this most amazing state, the travel industry is […]

For Fall Family Fun, There’s Always Hope

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 10/4/2016. Gold was on our minds as we drove the Seward Highway south toward the small community of Hope. Not the kind one mines, although that is there too. No, we were looking for the colorful signal of a season that appears to be lingering this […]

Celebrating Sea Otters in Alaska

In 1989, the framework of coastal Alaska was changed forever when an oil tanker crashed into Bligh Reef just miles from the small town of Valdez, Alaska. Pristine shoreline became a gooky, oily mess after the innards of the Exxon Valdez poured out to lie atop the saltwater of Prince William Sound. Life was never […]

Driving the Seward Highway This Fall

Alaska autumns are lingering, longer. While Alaskans wait for the first snowfall and an entirely new set of family-fun activities, September and October have become fantastic months for road-tripping the 49th state’s major highways. Like the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Seward, a 2.5-hour drive.  All of a sudden, Alaska has fall. Not just one […]

NatGeo Kids is ‘Weird But True’ in Alaska

As soon as I could read, my mother bought a subscription to a little magazine called “World.” Designed to create a more kid-friendly approach to issues facing a 1970’s planet, World filled my head with images, people, and ideas that I’d like to think shaped my teen and adult years. Today’s World is now National […]

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 […]

Prep For Ski Season at Eaglecrest in Juneau

(This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska.)  When AKontheGO wants to go skiing, we try to find an excuse to hop an Alaska Airlines jet (using those wonderful miles, of course) and fly south. South, you say? Indeed, for in the capital city of Juneau lies a community […]