5 Fun Camping Activities for RVing Kids

What do you get when you mix a bunch of kids, a wide-open campground, and a little bit of dirt?  F.U.N. Especially when it’s camping.  Does your family go camping, whether in a tent, RV, or public use cabin?<—-cabins count in Alaska, since most cabins are in pretty remote places and are very similar to […]

Great Alaskan Holidays Partnership Adds Value to Alaska Family Travel

by Erin Kirkland In an effort to further promote Alaska family travel and opportunities for cultural, historical, and recreational discovery anywhere in the Last Frontier, it is my pleasure to announce a new partnership between Great Alaskan Holidays and AKontheGO.  In 2016, our family embarked upon a fantastic adventure with Great Alaskan Holidays, driving a […]

Iowa to Alaska: What 4,000 miles taught us

Around 1 p.m. yesterday, the hulking Great Alaskan Holidays RV pulled up in front of our house in Anchorage. Dusty, creaking, and looking like it had indeed crossed the country, the RV we affectionately referred to as the Beast stopped with a sigh next to our overgrown lawn. Iowa to Alaska, check. The odometer read […]

Iowa to Alaska: Canadian Rockies and Icefields Parkway

HINTON, ALBERTA Jasper National Park reminds us of home, except for uniquely-shaped rock formations that seem to touch the skies above the RV. Many things are the same — bears, caribou, braided river valleys, snow. The last few days have felt a bit like traveling the Glenn Highway, with a few skunks thrown in for […]

Iowa to Alaska, Days 4-5

Or, maybe, “The Case For Big Skies.” Yesterday was spent driving. And driving. We covered about 600 miles between Bismarck, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana in order to maximize our time at stops further up the road. For me, the transition from Interstate 94 to Interstate 90 represented a shift from playing tourist to […]

Iowa to Alaska: Day Two

Bismarck, North Dakota Before we left Alaska, a package arrived in the mail from my mother. It was a book titled “Bad Land” by Jonathan Raban, and chronicled a chapter of American history that resonated deeply with her. Born and raised between the various quadrants of North Dakota and Montana, my mother, and her mother […]

Iowa to Alaska: Day one

(This is the first time I have utilized the services of my phone to write a blog post, so please excuse any type pad missteps. Lesson #1: don’t rely on wireless in campgrounds.) Even though May 15 is officially our first day on the road with Great Alaskan Holidays and their Spring Adventure Package, it […]

The Journey is the Adventure: Great Alaskan Holidays Spring Adventure Package

This is it. Or, almost it. In 24 hours AKontheGO will be part of Alaska family travel’s biggest adventure yet; the Great Alaskan Holidays Spring Adventure Package. Traveling more than 3,500 miles between Forest City, Iowa and Anchorage, Alaska, our family of four (AK Mom, Dad, Kid, and Best Friend) will pick up a brand-new […]

Iowa to Alaska Road Trip: Seven day countdown

As the living room floor becomes choked with duffel bags, backpacks, sleeping bags and stacks of maps, it’s all becoming real. The Great Alaskan Holidays – Kampgrounds of America – AKontheGo road trip is just about to launch. Are you ready to go with us? Here’s the itinerary:  Forest City, Iowa, and the Mecca of […]

Iowa to Alaska 2016: The planning continues

A very merry Boxing Day, AKontheGO readers! We hear it’s snowing back home in Alaska, even as AK Fam enjoys a bit of green in beautiful-but-extremely-rainy Portland, Oregon. Rainy, but brighter than Alaska, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and going down around 5:30 p.m. What a concept, this light, and we’re enjoying the […]

Iowa to Alaska With Great Alaskan Holidays – 2016

Perhaps the greatest gift given to my brother, sister, and I was the opportunity to see so much of the West from the backseats of our 1969 Volkswagen Bus. Snowy mountains, dry deserts, rushing rivers, and more than a fair number of cows, sheep, and other critters. We camped, we stayed in hotels, we explored […]