Make it a Day at Skagway’s Klondike Gold Fields

by Steve SueWing There’s gold in those Alaska hills! When news of gold discoveries in the Yukon Territory reached West Coast cities and beyond, the ‘Gold Rush’ of the late 1800’s was underway. Newcomers to Alaska arrived by the steamer-load, and the tiny town of Skagway, located a few hundred miles from state capital Juneau, quickly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Cycling Southeast is Easy With Alaska Bicycle Tours and Sockeye Cycle

You remember the first time you climbed on your little bicycle and wobbled away without the assistance of a grownup, don’t you? I sure do; it was an orange, banana-seated Schwinn job, and I loved it. For kids, the allure of freedom via two-wheeler is a huge rite of passage, and now, with a big […]

Go North, the Rush Was On! Visiting Historic Skagway, Alaska

There was gold in them thar hills, and people killed themselves for it. Killed each other, too. I’m talking, of course, about Skagway, Alaska, home to drunkenness and debauchery and hundreds of thousands of men (and a good number of women, too) in search of riches beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. Skagway is a place preserved […]

Alaskans and Northern Hospitality: It’s All Here

If there was one aspect of family travel in Alaska I’d shout from the mountaintops, it would be in praise of the hundreds kind people I’ve met during my criss-crossing of the 49th state. People who truly do exemplify the definition of friendly, generous, and considerate. It’s partly due to the nature of Alaska; hospitality […]