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 […]

Great Places to View the New “Mount Denali”

This morning’s cover shot of the Alaska Dispatch News said it all: “It’s Official.” No longer called Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak is now and forever (we hope) named “Mount Denali.” If you have been one of the lucky few families to actually glimpse this mighty monolith during your Alaska vacation, congratulations, and..Isn’t she […]

Alaska Holiday Destinations for Families

No matter if your family hails from over the river and through the woods, across the country or around the world, Alaska is a delightful place to spend the holiday season. The 49th state has everything one would expect from a picture-postcard landscape, right down to the snow, and we’re going to tell you how […]

Mount McKinley Princess Lodge Puts Kids on Top for Fun

It’s hard to convince the non-cruising crowd of the value found in a lodge owned and operated by a cruise line. Especially when those non-cruisers are fellow Alaskans; but I’m going to do my best. And, my best will be even better for those who do cruise, do like structure in their family vacation, and […]

Alaska Museums With Kid-Appeal – Small and sweet

We’re a funky place, there’s no doubt about it. Between Alaska’s animals, diverse cultures, and wild weather, the state remains a mystery in the minds of many visitors. Thank goodness for museums like the three I chose, below; little places, fun and kitchy buildings, full of history I bet you never even considered. I know […]

Christmas in Talkeetna, Alaska: Bring the Family

Cue the cozy fire, hot cocoa, and vintage carols. AKontheGO spent the weekend before Christmas in beautiful downtown Talkeetna in a postcard-perfect setting surrounded by the best of Alaska’s best. With visiting grandparents, two sons of varying ages, and a beautiful weather forecast, it seemed the perfect opportunity to hop aboard an Alaska Railroad train […]

Alaska Itinerary: Hatcher Pass to Talkeetna

If I had three free days, I’d head north. As we continue our Alaska Itinerary series in an effort to fill up the newest Pinterest board with fabulous reader-generated tours, I thought I’d chime in with a favorite road trip. North of Anchorage sits the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley, home to a rich bounty of agricultural […]

ZIPPETY-Do-Dah! Denali Zipline Tours a Brand New Option for Family Fun

Alaska is famous for a lot of things; endless wilderness, icy glaciers, wild creatures. Now it’s famous for canopy-jumpers. Zippers, if you will – people who spend their days frolicking among the stands of spruce and cottonwood near the town of Talkeetna, Alaska, a place already famous for a cat-mayor and mountain climbing. It’s time […]

Alaska Travelgram Show Podcast: Talkeetna, San Diego, and Ocean Sounds!

Another Alaska Travelgram Show podcast is up and ready for your ears, intrepid AKontheGO’ers. Listen in right HERE for dramatic waves, soaring sea birds, and oh, Scott McMurren and me, too. In this edition of the show, I reflect upon the incredible commissioning of the USS San Diego last weekend, in preparation for the same […]