“Go North” This Summer With a Camper or RV

Up until this summer, there were still a few adventures I’d not yet made around Alaska, partly due to time and effort, partly with respect to my son’s age. I wanted to show him the remote nooks and crannies of our state when he was old enough to appreciate both the location and his good […]

Three Ways to Stay (and Play) in Southcentral Alaska This Summer

One of the most important takeaways from Summer 2020 is that for all the stress and worry, there is also opportunity. Those of us living in Southcentral Alaska have access to myriad sources for outdoor fun that will hopefully provide a bit of respite during trying circumstances. It’s also an opportunity to help Alaska’s tourism […]

Denali National Park – Unpacking the 2020 season

There’s no question that Denali National Park ranks high among visitors’ must-do lists. For Alaskans as well, since Denali is one of our state’s most accessible national parks, given its location along the George Parks Highway, about five hours north of Anchorage. Typically, visiting Denali between May and September requires abundant planning and preparation, thanks […]

This Summer, “Show Up For Alaska”

The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) is asking locals to “Show Up for Alaska” by getting out and exploring with tourism businesses this summer.    ShowUpForAlaska.com launches today with travel advice, inspiration and itineraries for safely exploring the state’s wide-open spaces and small towns, whether by car, train, ferry or plane.   With sponsorship from Alaska Airlines, Alaska […]

Anchorage Ways to Play This Summer

OK, parents. Summer vacation and a gradual reopening of Alaska have both begun. Slowly, tourism-based businesses in the greater Anchorage area are opening their doors and welcoming visitors who are just as glad as they to be out of the house. With Alaska’s mandated 14-day inbound travel quarantine still in effect, the state is at […]

Eagle River Nature Center Offers Self-Guided Opportunities This Summer

Nestled in a secluded valley, shadowed by craggy peaks of Chugach State Park, Eagle River Nature Center is a quiet reminder of Alaska’s access to wilderness. Originally a public visitor center for the park until budget crises led a group of dedicated fans to establish a non-profit to turn things around, ERNC (as it’s affectionately […]

Cabins and Campsites for Alaska Road Trips

As spring marches on as usual, regardless of this unusual time, the State of Alaska has begun easing some of the mandates designed to protect its citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic.  A few weeks of lovely weather has had Alaskans straining at the invisible tethers tying them to their own communities, but a few have […]

Spring Begins at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer

Farm life is rich in hands-on experiences, especially for today’s children. Farm tourism is a thing, and it’s booming from one end of the United States to the other, including right here in Alaska. Whether families pick vegetables together, pat bunnies, or livestock cross a pasture, a few hours spent investigating the living bounties from […]

Earth Day in Alaska: Try these activities around the state, or at home

An ode to Earth Day, with love from Alaska. On this day in 1970, a collective of humans around the nation gathered in their respective regions to give voice to the modern environmental movement. I was two.  During this niche of history, people were using vast quantities of fossil fuels, particularly leaded gas for their […]

Arizona to Colorado: COVID-19 family travel update

An update related to our COVID-19-caused road trip to join AK Dad in Golden Colorado in light of school closures and a rush on flights. Erin is sharing this experience nightly on Family Travel Radio, with video and everything, so take a look and listen, and follow along.  It’s 9:30 p.m. in Santa Fe, New […]

COVID-19 and Your Family Travel: What now?

The world has gone mad. There’s really no other way to describe what’s happening as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, sweeps around the world like a hurricane. We, a human, herd-loving species, are frightened, needy, and in search of answers that aren’t easily addressed.  Our family is currently lodged in Tucson, Arizona, on “phase two” […]