Babylon Language Institute Takes Kids Around the World

*Now a word from AKontheGO sponsor business, Babylon Language Institute. Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Babylon Language Institute is about as fun as they come when talking about day camps for kids age 6-12.  Co-owner Tyler Schlagenhauf, an educator and one-half of the teacher duo operating the institute, was confident the name would […]

Plan 2016 Travel at the Alaska Summer Showcase

AK Fam is spending the week in sunny, dry, and incredibly beautiful Arizona this week, because hey, even travel writers deserve vacations. It’s been a big adventure for certain, between Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, and now, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, a historic and very laid-back outfit just outside Yucca. More on this, later. But […]

Alaska Restaurants for Picky Kids

What’s the story AK Kid? You live in Alaska, home of sustainable seafood, the freshest there is, and I can’t even get you to try a halibut nugget? And don’t get me started on the whole aversion-to-Yukon-Gold-potatoes debacle. Traveling with kids who shun new foods, foods with unusual textures, colors, or levels of palatability can […]

Iowa to Alaska 2016: The planning continues

A very merry Boxing Day, AKontheGO readers! We hear it’s snowing back home in Alaska, even as AK Fam enjoys a bit of green in beautiful-but-extremely-rainy Portland, Oregon. Rainy, but brighter than Alaska, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and going down around 5:30 p.m. What a concept, this light, and we’re enjoying the […]

Gifting Your Time This Christmas

“All I want for Christmas is you.” ~Mariah Carey The spectrum of giving during the holiday season is certainly broad. On one end there lies Christmas lists like my son’s with no fewer than seven NFL jerseys and a NERF gun; on the other, lists like my 85 year-old father that say “I don’t need […]

Hawaii Dengue Fever Outbreak: Should you be worried?

Mosquitoes are pesky little critters, and we Alaskans should know, since much of our  summer is spent in creative ways to deter and detect these tiny, whiny insects that dine upon tender skin. Now, one of our favorite warm-weather destinations appears to be under siege from a variety of the buggar that seems hell-bent on […]

The Lakefront Anchorage: A win for hospitality and location

The Lakefront Anchorage – 248 rooms $$-$$$ (moderate to more expensive) 4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99517 (907) 243-2300 http://www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/destinations/anchorage.html Perhaps more familiar to some as the official home of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race HQ than as a place to overnight, The Lakefront Anchorage hotel deserves kudos for its stellar upgrades and efforts to […]

NEWS: AKontheGO Publisher Joins About.com

Sometimes opportunities come along at inconvenient moments. Like, perhaps, when one is sitting astride a kayak in the middle of Frederick Sound, or waiting to board a ferry to Dutch Harbor. Opportunities with positive potential sort of freak me out, and I’m just lucky a) I didn’t dump the kayak, and b) I made the […]

Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discoverer: Your ticket to adventure this fall

When Alaskans stand up and jockey for scenic vistas, you know it’s good. With autumn definitely on the way around Southcentral Alaska, opportunities for colorful vistas and crisp, sunny days mean it’s time to get out and explore. Reaching beyond our usual day trip solids around Anchorage, Labor Day weekend delivered us to the Historic […]

Family Snaps: Photo essay of an AKontheGO summer

Sometimes it’s the visual cues that provide the final “yes” to a vacation destination, and Alaska is no exception. The state’s traveling-est family (I just made that word up) has been busy this summer, and we’ve searched the photo galleries to find the best of our adventures. Now will you come visit us? ~EK Our […]

*NEWS* AK Mom can’t break the Kyocera DuraForce

[sponsored by AT&T and Kyocera DuraForce] Why is this news? Why should you care? Simply put, AKontheGOers, if AK Mom (me) keeps dropping phones into tidepools, off rocky cliffs, or from too-loose pockets of backpacks, YOU won’t receive the most timely, important, breaking news about family travel in Alaska. So there’s that. Earlier this year, […]