Pedestrian Power in Sitka

This story originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. September and October are excellent months to visit this Southeast Alaska community with kids, AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland writes.  Sitka’s residents always seem to be on their way to an adventure. No matter how often I visit, I see people bustling around downtown, toting kids and gear […]

Spring Into a Southeast Alaska Vacation

AKontheGO publisher Erin Kirkland has a few ideas for exploring Southeast Alaska between March and May.  After 10 years of writing about traveling Alaska with children, I have a pretty good idea of what’s hot, or not, in the realm of family-friendly fun. So when January rolls around each year and my email inbox fills […]

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 […]

Celebrating Alaska Day in Anchorage

Today is the day residents of Alaska brush of their sense of pride along with their Xtra Tuff boots and warm hats, and stand a little taller, thanks to the Tsar of Russia. Alaska Day is held each October 18, marking the purchase of the Alaska Territory (then known as Russisan America) by the United […]

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 […]

Five Reasons to Love Southeast Alaska

Of the nearly two million people who venture to Alaska each year, about half of those travel through the southeast section, also known as the “panhandle,” “Inside Passage,” or simply “Southeast” to those of us who live, work, or play in within its lush, green landscape. What’s the attraction? Why are we, they, or any […]

Glaciers, islands, and wild adventures with Alaskan Dream Cruises

It never gets old. Before I go any further in describing our family’s recent trip aboard the dreamiest of the Alaskan Dream Cruises vessels, I felt it important to make the above statement ^^. Sailing Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage is, perhaps, one of the best places to become acquainted with and maintain a relationship with […]

Must-Do Family Experiences in 2015: Southeast Alaska

The dawning of a new year marks a somewhat unofficial beginning of another busy Alaska tourist season, even if most of the hubub is found on the internet. January 1’s arrival means many travel industry vendors, parks, and services begin accepting reservations for the coming summer of Alaska adventure. If you’re one of the nearly […]

Sitka Spruce: Alaska state tree is a prickly partner for many industries

Someone asked me this week why Alaska’s state tree could not be used for a Christmas tree. My answer: “Have you ever tried to carry one of those? Ouch!” The Sitka spruce (or Picea sitchensis) is the tallest in the spruce family, and looks quite noble towering above its cousin the Black spruce in Southcentral […]

Places to Honor Alaska Veterans, All Year

Yesterday was the 11th day of the 11th month, Veterans Day, sometimes referred to as “Remembrance Day,” depending upon your country of origin. Commemorating a day like this that falls on a specific date can sometimes be difficult for families, and particulary so on Veterans Day. Some schools are closed, some, open. Some parents have […]

KTVA 11 Daybreak: Family Fun in October

*Thank you all for the care and concern generated by yesterday’s Facebook debacle. The offers of coffee, wine, and simple walk-bys of Facebook HQ were delightful, and I appreciate my readers one and all. Things appear to be working normally today, in fact, better than normal, so who knows what the FB bots did to […]