New Winter Schedule for Alaska Railroad – KTVA 11 Daybreak

The blue and yellow trains of the Alaska Railroad are chugging north or south more days per week this winter, a nod to the state’s increased number of snow-season travelers. This morning on KTVA 11 Daybreak (<—–check it all out) host James Gaddis and I outlined the specifics for families considering a section of the Aurora Winter […]

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 […]

Sheldon Mountain House Affords More Than Views

*This article originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News Parents sometimes leave unexpected memories with their children, and one of Robert Sheldon’s earliest recollections involves a Piper Super Cub and the smell of aviation fuel. “It’s such a vivid memory, sitting on the lap of my father on the village airstrip in Talkeetna on a […]

Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks at Denali

by Danielle Benson Our first experience at Denali National Park and Preserve was two summers ago, when we were still fairly new Alaskans. We reserved a camping spot at accessible Riley Creek Campground, pitched the family tent, ate ice cream at the Mercantile Exchange in the evenings, and attended the daily campground Ranger Talks. We took […]

ALERT: Denali’s Savage River Camping and Hiking Affected by Bear

A sub-adult brown bear in the Savage River area of Denali National Park has learned about humans in the wrong way, resulting in closures in and around this popular area of the park. Last weekend, a hiker was followed, then followed more aggressively, by the young bear, during which time the hiker tossed a backpack […]

Five Alaska Campgrounds to Take the Kids

by Jen Ostler It’s easy to feel a special kind of wonder when travelling through Alaska’s north country, and every time, I fall in love even more. Once the unpaved road begins and trees fade to tundra, I feel as if we are transported to another, beautiful planet. My favorite trip is along the Dalton […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Alaska Experiences to Reserve NOW

  State of Alaska tourism offices predict nearly two million people will fly, float, drive, and cycle their way around the 49th state in 2015. While Alaska is indeed a very large place, the resources for tourism products and services are relatively limited due to a number of factors like operating costs, geography, and seasons. […]