Prep For Ski Season at Eaglecrest in Juneau

(This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska.)  When AKontheGO wants to go skiing, we try to find an excuse to hop an Alaska Airlines jet (using those wonderful miles, of course) and fly south. South, you say? Indeed, for in the capital city of Juneau lies a community […]

Outdoor Retailer, Meet Alaska On the Go

August began a few thousand miles south of Alaska at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. What is OR, as it is affectionately known? It’s 679,000 square feet of brands related to the outdoors. From head to toe, and all the fun stuff in between, OR is a gearhead’s gear […]

Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks at Denali

by Danielle Benson Our first experience at Denali National Park and Preserve was two summers ago, when we were still fairly new Alaskans. We reserved a camping spot at accessible Riley Creek Campground, pitched the family tent, ate ice cream at the Mercantile Exchange in the evenings, and attended the daily campground Ranger Talks. We took […]

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 […]

Top 5 Camping Spots for Memorial Day Weekend

**We interrupt your regularly scheduled Iowa to Alaska blog posts for a bit of Alaska-themed insight before the Memorial Day weekend begins. Enjoy! ~EK   by Danielle Benson Memorial Day weekend is a special time for families. While it is the unofficial kick-off of summer, our family reflects on military deployments we’ve survived and years […]

Iowa to Alaska: Glacier National Park

It’s now Day, uh, er, um… That’s the sign of a good vacation, is it not, to forget what day it is? All I know is that we’re parked on a grassy knoll of KOA St. Mary/Glacier National Park in full view of the park’s stunning peaks. While the weather cooperated yesterday for our arrival, […]

Two Great Books for Young Alaskan Readers

Ever watch a kid watch for wildlife? Eyes wide, mouth open, trying to stay quiet. From the largest (bears and moose) to the smallest (shrews and bugs), Alaska’s wild things are fascinating, and carry a story as unique as we humans. Some swim, some fly, some creep. Some are loud. Some don’t make any sound […]

Five Alaska Campgrounds to Take the Kids

by Jen Ostler It’s easy to feel a special kind of wonder when travelling through Alaska’s north country, and every time, I fall in love even more. Once the unpaved road begins and trees fade to tundra, I feel as if we are transported to another, beautiful planet. My favorite trip is along the Dalton […]

Make 2016 the Year of Family Adventure

*This article originally appeared in the January 2, 2016 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News. I’m not a huge fan of New Year resolutions, mostly because I seldom keep them. I gave up committing to things like losing 20 pounds or pledging to paint the living room a long time ago. There is one aspect of […]

Kids Corner: Alaska is a ‘berry’ fun place in the fall!

by Bryan Bearss After a great summer of blueberry or raspberry picking, it’s time to change gears and think about fall’s other recreational pursuits. As you bundle up and head outside, don’t forget to pack an extra container for a detour along the trail to harvest an autumnal berry bounty. While frost and cooler temperatures […]

Kids Corner: Healthy Futures Alaska and You!

Kids, listen up! AKontheGO has a challenge for you, but first, a few facts. Did you know:  17% of all Alaska school kids are considered obese? That means for whatever reason, they weigh more than medical professionals recommend. (Alaska Department of Social and Health Services, 2013-14 Student Weight Management Report) Increasing physical activity is a […]