Iditarod 2018: For the kids

New to the Last Great Race? Looking for ways to bring Iditarod 2018 to your kids? AKontheGO has some great tips and a fun activity in this week’s Outdoors With Kids column for the Anchorage Daily News.  Get the cowbells and signs ready. On Saturday, 67 mushers and their canine cohorts will depart Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage in […]

Fun Friday: Fur Rendezvous 2018

It’s time for one of the Last Frontier’s signature events – Fur Rendezvous  – and the 2018 festival promises to deliver tons of hot family fun in our cool climate.  Events kick off today with the opening of Fur Rendezvous carnival, where everything from the Ferris Wheel and Gravitron to a teeny-tiny toddler train make […]

Alaska Railroad Easter Train Tickets On Sale Now!

Families with small children will want to hop over to the Alaska Railroad’s website and purchase tickets for the annual Easter Train. The March 31 event is a popular one, taking kids and parents through downtown Anchorage with views of Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, and some of our city’s most intriguing neighborhoods.  The Alaska Railroad […]

Hatcher Pass Bed And Breakfast: Cabin life, simple

Right now our family is snuggled into Cabin #4 at Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast, enjoying the simple luxury of a Matanuska-Susitna Valley log cabin after a day of skiing this scenic, historic area.  Located along Palmer-Fishhook Road on the way to Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park, Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast […]

Tour or Independent? What sort of Alaska traveler are you?

Making the decision to visit Alaska is a big one. The combination of our enormous geographical area combined with a range of diverse activities can leave one’s head spinning, especially if multiple age groups are involved. Some people like adventure, others, serenity. Mom and Grandma may enjoy the chance to take a wildlife cruise and […]

Alaska Through the Eyes of Youth: Tundra Vision Series

As AKontheGO stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional family travel journalism, I’ve noticed a few things. First, Alaska children are an incredible source of knowledge about their peers, themselves, and the future. Second, why has no one tapped into this? Perhaps we are not listening.  Let’s change that, shall we?  Tundra Vision is a public […]

Spring Into a Southeast Alaska Vacation

AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland has a few ideas for exploring Southeast Alaska between March and May.  After 10 years of writing about traveling Alaska with children, I have a pretty good idea of what’s hot, or not, in the realm of family-friendly fun. So when January rolls around each year and my email inbox fills […]

Resolve to Make 2018 the Year of Alaska Adventure

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on January 2, 2018.  Publisher note: I had intended to jump headlong into 2018 with a comprehensive look at some early-booking deals for the upcoming spring and summer season. However, I was stymied in this effort, thanks to a concussion received after an epic skating fail […]

Post-Christmas Blues? Take the kids on a hike

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News on December 26, 2017. ~EK  Kids get restless over the winter break. I blame holiday hype and the whipping up of emotions in those days leading up to Dec. 25, when everything reaches its peak. Then the day after Christmas comes, and I’m looking at a […]

Trickster Trips Gives the VW Love For Alaska Campers

When AKontheGO sits down with Mandy Morell, owner of Trickster Trips, a new rental service featuring classic Volkswagen vans.  Of all the vehicles I’ve had the privilege of driving, none has ever captured the essence of roadtripping quite the venerable Volkswagen Van. A Volkswagen, known as “The people’s car,” has graced home driveways of my […]

Celebrate an Alaska Winter Solstice

“I hate it here.” Startled, I glanced askance at my son, who sat crouched in the front seat next to me, arms folded across his chest, a scowl on his face. “What!?” I said, genuinely surprised and trying to fathom how a kid who just a few weeks ago told his grandparents he’d “live here […]