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 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    June 1, 2019 

Explore historic (and sunny) The Dalles, Oregon

Most Alaskans who hop on an airplane and fly south aren't typically looking to land in Oregon for a dose of sunshine and dry heat. After all, the beaver state is among the rainiest on the west coast,...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    May 1, 2019

Cruise lines switch up traditional entertainment styles

Cruising in 2019? Don't expect the usual from scheduled onboard entertainment, say cruise lines. Instead, how about the chance to rub shoulders with a feature film makeup artist, or perhaps sitting...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    April 1, 2019

Real ID: What you need to know

As if the logistics of travel weren’t murky enough, the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Real ID program will be enforced in Alaska beginning Oct. 1, 2020. On that date, Alaska residents will need to present a Real ID-compliant license or ID,...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2019

State Museum in Juneau is well worth a visit

Think you know Alaska's entire story, told from the perspective of our capital city's residents? It might be time for a refresher at the Juneau State Museum, and March is the perfect month in which...

 

Spiritual touchpoints as a cornerstone of travel

"A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul."    ~ Kahlil Gibran  There's a new trend afoot, encouraging the exploration of religious, philosophical, and...

 

Traveling safe (and smart) in 2019

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattled both homes and nerves in November, many Alaskans are finding themselves thinking twice about safety and emergency preparedness like never before; and this includes travel. Whether embarking for an internationa...

 

All aboard the Aurora Winter Train

If you've ever listened to the lyrics to the tune 'Wabash Cannonball,' you'll get a sense of train travel's intrinsic hold upon us: "Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar As she glides along...

 

Have a "Bermudaful" experience this winter

With refined charm hinting of a British past combined with carefree, beach-life style of the Caribbean, Bermuda's got it all. This 22-mile island chain of volcanic rock and limestone has attracted eas...

 

Denali Highway: Fall for it

Labor Day weekend was a glorious jumble of color, sunshine, and a yearn for open roads, so drive them we did, up and over one of Alaska's most underutilized roadways. The Denali Highway, once upon a...

 

Fall in Fairbanks: Good fun and few crowds

Alaskans annually play a waiting game with winter. The frenzied pace of summer begins to slow around mid-August as kids and grandkids return to school, daylight wanes, and weather patterns become a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    August 1, 2018

An All-American road, on water

There's no question that Alaska is a place of uniqueness. From people to landscape and everything in between, there's no state like the 49th State, and that includes the mechanics of infrastructure....

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    July 1, 2018

RV park or public campground

Summer has finally arrived in the Last Frontier. After a wet, windy spring, Alaskans are fueling up and hitting the highways and byways in search of a night or two (or many) among Alaska's wild...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    June 1, 2018

Tours offer glimpse into Alaska's role in Cold War

Between 1946 and 1989, the United States and Russia were locked in a confrontation of ideology. Posturing took the form of an unprecedented nuclear arms race during which then-Soviet Premier Nikita...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    May 1, 2018

Travel insurance: Preserve your vacation investment

In January I was scheduled to travel away from my home in cold, dark Anchorage to the warm, bright beaches of the Turks and Caicos. It was a sanctuary vacation I had been looking forward to for...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    April 1, 2018

Gray whale watch: Spring deals on sale now

Alaska's gentle giants are coming home, and you won't want to miss their annual appearance. The gray whale migration is ready to begin as the 50-foot, 40-ton marine mammals prepare to depart Mexico's...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2018

Travel well: Staying healthy on your trip

The advent of planes, trains and automobiles for the purpose of efficiently transporting humans around the globe has meant more than just fast travel. Clinging to our bodies, gear and found within the air we breathe are millions of viruses and...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    News    February 1, 2018

Ride-sharing services aid seniors

There’s little doubt that one of the toughest things about growing older is a loss of independence. The relinquishment of responsibility for one’s own actions can be the source of disagreement and angst among families, especially when driving...

 

Anchorage Museum's community outreach expands

If you've not visited the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center lately, it may be time. Yes, the newly-recreated Alaska Exhibition is a contemporary upgrade from the previous space; certainly the "Cruis...

 

Should you check or carry on baggage? Here are some pros and cons

The question "to check or not to check?" is one of the most common among air travelers, with passionate justification on all sides of the argument. Some travelers swear by the philosophy of carrying...

 

Traveling with grandkids: What you should know

There are two times during the year when grandparents are most likely to travel with their children's children. One is during the time-honored tradition called summer vacation, a relaxed, happy time...

 

Great winter getaways to plan now

It's here; the annual scramble to book the next year's adventures. Alaskans love to plan trips, especially trips to warmer weather, and November marks a milestone for many, whether they purchased a...

 

Elders, youth work together for active leadership

Sometimes, it's best to just sit down and talk. Ask tough questions, listen to the answers with an open mind, and share opinions about the future. Young and old, facing each other in a platform of...

 

True North comes to life at Anchorage Museum

For Alaskans, history and cultural traditions are intertwined in a complicated and very personal narrative unlike that found anywhere else in the United States. The combination of a vast landscape...

 

Alaska's must-see fall destinations

Last weekend I awoke to the sound of pounding rain and a sharp breeze whipping birch branches against my window. The day was as raw and wet as they come, and provided a stark reminder that fall is ind...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    August 1, 2017

Recreational passes for seniors will cost more

Nearly 331 million people set foot inside a national park last year, thanks in part to the agency's 100th birthday and a societal push to spend more time in the great outdoors. America's public lands...

 

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