Alpha Aviation Soars to Denali

Anchorage-based Alpha Aviation, LLC has long been a name to trust when it comes to helicopter flying around the 49th state. As you begin planning for 2019, read about the company’s newest offerings that appease a traveling family wanting a completely different Alaska outdoor experience.  In Alaska, helicopters are often perceived as the aviation vehicles […]

Catch a Train This Summer With the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad launched what is sure to be a busy summer season already –  taking thousands of passengers to destinations from Seward to Fairbanks over Mother’s Day weekend. The company also announced the start of the 2018 Catch the Train Photo Contest, an interactive contest that lets passengers and fans share their images of […]

Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station: Denali’s climbing headquarters

Climbing Denali is a big deal. Of course it is, because figuring out logistics for North America’s highest peak is nearly as complicated as the skills required to scale the 20,310-foot monolith of Denali National Park. One doesn’t even start climbing Denali IN the park. Beginning, you see, is accomplished in the small town of […]

Iditarod Ultimate Family Field Trip – Part Two

Everyone is back in his or her respective state, toting a duffel bag or two of Alaska-themed memories. The first-ever Salmon Berry Tours Ultimate Family Field Trip came to an end on Friday, and everyone; parents, kids, and guide moi are exhausted and happy at the outcome.  In the last post I shared our adventures […]

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 […]