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 […]

Road Trip Planning With Great Alaskan Holidays

[A sponsored post on behalf of Great Alaskan Holidays, based in Anchorage] The first few lines of my book say it all: “Let’s be honest. Preparing for a trip across town with children can sometimes be difficult, never mind planning a vacation to a state twice the size of Texas. With almost 587,000 square miles […]

Great Alaskan Holidays is the easy way to see our Last Frontier

(Great Alaskan Holidays is an AKontheGO sponsor business) For a state with no major freeways and only a few ribbons of actual paved road, driving Alaska nonetheless packs quite a punch. For many travelers, that means renting a recreational vehicle (RV) and exploring the scenic byways of the Last Frontier on their own, and Great […]

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. […]

Tips for Camping in Alaska

I locked the door on the AKontheGO trailer for the last time yesterday after carting armloads of outdoor clothing, bedding, and cans of food to a winter resting place in a closet under the stairs. Bittersweet packing this first week of autumn, with yellow leaves skittering across the roof and snow falling on way-back mountain […]

Family RV Adventures start with Great Alaskan Holidays

(Sponsored post) I never actually thought I’d be an RV owner. Growing up with parents who were firm believers in the “tent-or-nothing” style of camping, an RV of any make, model, or style seemed out of reach. In fact, I briefly went through a period of time when I actually teased friends who owned RVs […]