Great Alaska Gifts and Places to Go

With the December calendar creeping closer and closer to Christmas, I know I’m not the only person looking for gifts that encourage a love of Alaska, the outdoors, and the idea that experiences can sometimes be more powerful presents than “stuff.” We’re also still cleaning up from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Anchorage on […]

Alaska Earthquake 2018: What it did, and didn’t do

Our family’s Alaska earthquake story from Friday, November 30 sounds similar to that of so many others. Got kid out of bed, fed kid, packed lunches, drank coffee, dropped kid at school (argued with said kid, 14, about whether or not he had to say “I love you, too), drove off.  I drove off, like […]

Alaskan Spirit Magazine – November/December is here!

It’s here, and ready for your kids to take note! The November/December issue of Ravn’s Alaska Spirit Magazine is available HERE, or at any Ravn ticketing counter, participating Read On the Fly shelf (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Bethel, Valdez), or in the departure areas of all Ravn Alaska terminals.  What’s inside this issue? Fairbanks fun for the […]

Get to Know Juneau, Alaska

I recently polled parents on the AKontheGO Facebook page, asking “Have you visited Alaska’s capital city with your kids?” Participants were asked to respond ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and if they chose, to give a reason for their answer. Juneau, Alaska — capital, popular cruise ship destination, and home to around 32,000 residents. It’s one of […]

Get Your Winter Wildlife Fix in Alaska

AKontheGO’s bi-monthly newsletter is a compilation of blog posts, newsy bits, and interesting information about traveling Alaska with children. Are you a subscriber? You’ll be the first to see what’s happening and where you should be in the 49th state, any time of year. ~ Erin Kirkland, publisher With a sudden shift of weather, Alaska is […]

Welcome to Alaska – How can we help you?

Planning a trip to Alaska often feels daunting for parents or grandparents looking to see as much as they can, in a set amont of time, with one or more children in tow. “We want to show them everything!” is a statement I’ve heard more than once, and it’s sometimes difficult to talk down the enthusiastic […]

Alpha Aviation Soars to Denali

Anchorage-based Alpha Aviation, LLC has long been a name to trust when it comes to helicopter flying around the 49th state. As you begin planning for 2019, read about the company’s newest offerings that appease a traveling family wanting a completely different Alaska outdoor experience.  In Alaska, helicopters are often perceived as the aviation vehicles […]

Drive the Denali Highway With Kids

AKontheGO made one final push toward road trip bliss over the Labor Day weekend with a traverse of the Denali Highway, spanning 134 miles between Paxson and Cantwell. We woke up morning before last to a film of frost covering anything not moving at the Brushkana Creek BLM campground 20 miles east of Cantwell. The […]

Pedestrian Power in Sitka

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. September and October are excellent months to visit this Southeast Alaska community with kids, AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland writes.  Sitka’s residents always seem to be on their way to an adventure. No matter how often I visit, I see people bustling around downtown, toting kids and gear […]

On Flying Alaska: Reflections, reminders, and responsibility

In the wake of a fatal plane crash involving a well-respected flightseeing company, would-be passengers should be aware of their role in small-plane safety while flying in Alaska. Last November I climbed aboard a small airplane on the tarmac of Talkeetna’s small airstrip, bound for Denali’s Sheldon Amphitheatre and a few days of winter adventuring. […]

TSA and Autism: Navigation tips you need

How do you get a young person with autism through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maze? We’ve got tips. Our family is one of thousands in the United States managing life on the autism spectrum. In our case, it is Big AK Kid, who, at 24, may not be considered a kid by societal standards, […]