Driving the McCarthy Road – Should you?

This is the first in a two-part series about McCarthy and Kennecott adventures with kids for the Alaska Dispatch News. McCarthy Road stories are the stuff of Alaska legend. Chunks of wooden railroad ties rising from a lumpy gravel surface to infiltrate car tires. Metal spikes appearing out of nowhere. Vehicles nearly colliding on single-lane […]

RV or Hotel or What? Alaska by the numbers

It can be positively maddening, the search for vacation lodging options. Anywhere, never mind in Alaska.  Should you put your clan in a hotel room with two queen beds, or book a vacation rental, or what? And what’s with the RV thing, anyway? People tell you it’s a great way to see Alaska for the […]

Explore Valdez With Your Family

by Theresa Hewston Valdez is an adventure paradise offering everything from spectacular roadside waterfalls to intense icefield hiking trails. This family-friendly town is full of history, culture, scenic beauty, wildlife, and adventure. It’s also full of opportunity. Take some time to explore Valdez and it will quickly find a place in your soul forever. GETTING […]

Walking Juneau With Kids

by Erin Kirkland This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on 4/18/2017 There is no place quite like Juneau. Nestled in the Alaska Panhandle, with long, narrow Gastineau Channel on one side and the towering mounts Roberts and Juneau on the other, the city makes the most of its unique and scenic location. […]

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 […]

For Fall Family Fun, There’s Always Hope

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 10/4/2016. Gold was on our minds as we drove the Seward Highway south toward the small community of Hope. Not the kind one mines, although that is there too. No, we were looking for the colorful signal of a season that appears to be lingering this […]

PFD Travel Fair: A MUST-do this weekend

Planning ahead for 2017? I hope so, because the first-ever Alaska Travelgram PFD Travel Fair is happening on Saturday, September 24 in Anchorage, with a full docket of ideas and destinations to make this your family’s best travel year ever. If you follow AKontheGO’s social media accounts you know our commitment to digging deep for […]

Experience Playful Luxury at Stillpoint Lodge

There’s a quote that goes something like this, and it fits Stillpoint Lodge to a T: “The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” I forget who first said these words, but I think about them every time I visit the tiny floating village of Halibut Cove, […]

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 […]

Tour Southwest Alaska Aboard a Ferry: Unalaska-Dutch Harbor await

In 48 hours, the picnic supplies, coffee press, non-perishable food, DVDs, chargers, and other miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam of our upcoming Alaska Marine Highway (ferry) trip will be safely aboard the MV Tustemena, bound for Unalaska-Dutch Harbor. This much-anticipated trip represents the last AMHS route on our sailing list as I write the manuscript of […]