Alyeska Spring Carnival 2017

by Erin Kirkland ProTip: If you intend to ski or ride Alyeska Resort’s Slush Cup during the annual Spring Carnival, it’s good to have a costume, the crazier the better. And probably nerves of steel. A showcase event marking the end of another Alaska ski season, the Spring Carnival has been a 40-year tradition in […]

Spring Ski Alaska While You Still Can

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on March 28, 1017.  On more than a few afternoons this spring I’ve stood at the bottom of Hilltop Ski Area, watching my son and his friends race to be first up the lift for the 3-9 p.m. after-school session. There’s a lot to love about […]

6 Alaska Spring Activities With the Kids

by Erin Kirkland While spring arrived in Alaska with few of the bells and whistles of Lower 48 states (read: very cold temperatures and snow on the ground), 49th state families are nonetheless itching for warmer-season fun. Fortunately, weather be darned, activities are plentiful for kids, starting this weekend, so no matter whether March goes […]

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 Autumn Destinations to Wander With Your Tribe

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.* The season’s first official frost left a sparkling welcome upon my front lawn last weekend, and the birch leaves and hillside shrubs are beginning to change color. It’s an unmistakable signal that the seasonal shift from summer to fall is going […]

Alaska Back-to-School Travel Wins

Back-to-school in Alaska means several things to 49th state families: Days are getting shorter Weather is growing cooler Travel is easier Wait, did I just say “easier”? Indeed. Easier because the nearly two million visitors have made their way home and the resulting lack of crowds is pleasing to those who struggle to take advantage […]

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 […]

Girdwood: A perfect destination for late-summer family fun

With every passing day, Alaska creeps closer to autumn and families start thinking about school, sports, and the end of what was a spectacular summer, weather-wise. At least around here, the long trips are completed, and AKontheGO is settling in to a comfortable routine of preparing for another interesting and adventurous fall and winter. But […]

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 […]

KTVA Daybreak for January: Alaska winter getaways for the whole family

AKontheGO’s first-Thursday appearance on KTVA 11’s Daybreak program was delayed by a week due to the New Year’s Day holiday, but that just gave me an extra few days to find some pretty sweet places to take the family for a post-holiday getaway. Do you need one? I sure do; the combination of events, shopping, […]