People of My Year: Alaska Superstars

For several years I’ve followed a traditional year-end path of The List. You know The List – every news outlet has one, it seems. From bloggers to public television, ranking memorable places and events is popular, even in Alaska. With 2014 slowly breaking from behind an ever-brightening winter landscape, I thought I’d take a different […]

Alaska Cemeteries are Resting Places for History

I visit cemeteries, collecting vivid images of the stone or wood headstones as reminders of stories known only unto themselves, and those left behind. When our family lived in South Carolina, I was struck by a depth of history so unfamiliar to me, a product of the young Washington State. Southern gravesites, too, were often […]

An Open Letter to the Community of Sitka, Alaska

Dear citizens of Sitka: I’m back home in Anchorage today, after nearly a week of Alaska Travel Industry Association activities, and I must say, you people know how to play host. Sitka is small, conventions are big, and I fully understand the two do not often meet in synchronicity. Housing, feeding, and transporting several airplane […]

Alaska Beaches: Where to find the sand and surf for your kids

Sun, sand, and surf – in Alaska? True enough, friends, the 49th state has a bunch of family-friendly beaches just waiting for your kids. Sandcastles, waves to jump, and rocks to explore; Alaska’s beaches are full of interesting creatures and engaging shorelines appropriate for the entire clan. Whether your family loves tidepooling or the feel […]

Alaska Bird Rehabilitation Important to Tourism

Visit Alaska and see birds. Huge birds, small birds, birds who live in funky habitats and forage for icky things like fish guts and dead animal parts. It’s all part of the Last Frontier’s circle of life, and without their fluttering, soaring, screeching presence, Alaska just wouldn’t be the same. With so many birds, Alaska’s […]

Five Great Family Hikes In Alaska

With longer days, warmer weather, and almost-green hillsides, hiking trails are beckoning to AK Fam as we prepare for yet another summer of outdoor recreation, the Alaska way. Last summer I guest-blogged for Trekaroo and listed some good choices for family hiking in Alaska, but felt there was so much more to share. Plus, AK […]

Five Alaska Activities For Smaller Children: Part Three

We wind up our Alaska tour with wee ones in the southeastern section of the state. “Southeast,” as it is called by Alaskans, is that panhandle-shaped, rainforested area where most visitors capture their first images of the 49th state. Cruisers will certainly spend the majority of sailing time in this region, moving through the gorgeous […]

Alaska Experience, 2011: AKontheGO Reviews the Year

This was going to be a typical “Top Five” list.  AK Fam had already engaged in a number of spirited conversations, arguing and pleading and lobbying for favorite destinations to achieve AKontheGO-greatness. But we couldn’t agree. AK Dad, Kid, and I were busy in 2011, traveling in all directions to expand our sense of adventure, […]

Visiting Alaska? Take the Kids to These Great Museums

With a windchill of -20 at AK Hacienda this morning, my thoughts are drifting to indoor family fun across the 49th state. Alaska is home to a bevy of beautiful and unique museums that are certain to inspire, teach, and entertain the entire family on a vacation north. I promise. JUNEAU: We visited the Juneau-Douglas […]

Great Deals and Great Fun in Alaska: TourSaver 2012 and the Sitka Podcast!

It’s like Christmas in the AKontheGO office this morning! Not only is the sun rising behind the snowy Chugach foothills (yes, and before 10 a.m., still), but we have a sleigh-full of information about travel in the 49th state. Love it! Did you catch the Alaska Travelgram Show (here’s the podcast, btw) yesterday? Guest Tonia […]

Sitka, Part Two. Family Travel in Southeast Alaska

Our family loop-de-do through southeast Alaska covered just about every historical, cultural, and physical aspect of the “Evergreen Coast.” In two weeks of exploring five distinctly different communities, I realized how much I didn’t know about my state. Visiting southeast Alaska via the Inside Passage as our annual family vacation was not just a fabulous […]