Enjoying Alaska’s Destination Playgrounds

Note: This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News.  I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. “OK, what’s one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?” she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping […]

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, […]

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 […]

Six Ways to Enjoy an Alaska Warm Winter

In an article released by the Alaska Dispatch News this morning, the prospect of an actual winter scenario in the nation’s far North sounds pretty grim. Alaska is setting weather records, and not in a good way. Normally, Anchorage residents are tossing hand warmers into kids’ backpacks so they can enjoy recess without freezing fingers. […]

Alaska and Independence Day: Great ways to celebrate with kids

Tomorrow is the first Thursday of July, which means it’s also time to wake up very, very early and join my friends James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek on the set of KTVA’s Daybreak. ‘Alaska Family Fun Expert’ is a title I am proud to own, and with a long holiday weekend ahead of us, I’m […]

Girdwood Makes Family Fun Easy

The sun sinks behind craggy mountains of southcentral Alaska around 4 p.m. these days, leaving a legion of locals more determined than ever to get outdoors among fresh air, frosty fog, and gorgeous vistas, our family included. As winter’s reach creeps closer and closer, many Anchorage residents are finding accessible family respite in the small […]

Winner Creek Trail in Girdwood: Just that for family hiking

Between humming bars of “Jingle Bells” and downing gallons of hot chocolate to soothe the savage swing of “YAY, it’s snowing!” and “ACK, I need to switch the tires on the car!” came a delightful afternoon with two other AKontheGO families at kid-pleasing Winner Creek Trail in Girdwood. Snowy it was, and wet it became, […]

Explore Gold Rush History With Kids at Crow Creek Mine

Alaska is all about gold. The color, the mineral, and the makings of a territory, so chances are no matter where your family visits during a Last Frontier vaction, gold will factor in at one point or another. From Nome to Juneau, and just about everywhere in between, kids and parents can strike it rich […]

Alaska Itineraries: Explore the Family-Friendly Seward Highway

We asked, you responded. AKontheGOers are anxious, it seems, to share their favorite Alaska destinations with readers, and we’re happy to share this great day trip down the Seward Highway, courtesy of Ashley. This day trip is the perfect itinerary for families, visiting relatives and friends, or those short on time. Capturing the beauty of […]

Frightfully-Fantastic-Fun-Friday: It’s Halloween at AKontheGO!

Let the kids sleep in a bit while you peruse our absolutely incredible lineup of Halloween weekend activities. The combination of learning and fun just sends me to the moon this year; or, at least, to the pantry for a little Milky Way pick-me-up. Especially after looking at this photo (above) of AK Dad making […]

There’s No Time Like Snow Time at Alyeska Resort

With an abundance of premier  ski resorts scattered across the United States, envisioning a family vacation to schuss the snowy slopes of Alaska seems a little far-fetched, doesn’t it? The Rocky Mountains are much closer, the Wasatch much drier, and the Cascades much cheaper. Why the heck would mom and dad spend a bundle to […]