Alaska on the Go

Exploring the 49th State with Children

Erin Kirkland

Alaska on the Go

Erin Kirkland

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

352 pages | 22 halftones, 8 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9781602232211 Published March 2014
E-book $7.00 to $17.95 ISBN: 9781602232228 Published March 2014
Nearly two million people visit Alaska every year, drawn to its spectacular views and endless activities. But with such size and so many options, it can seem overwhelming when it comes to planning a family vacation to the 49th state. The best place to start? With a local, of course.

Journalist and Alaska resident Erin Kirkland knows every corner of the state, and she has crossed thousands of miles with her son. In Alaska on the Go, she offers a fresh take on exploring some of the most beautiful land in the world, with tips and tricks that only an insider knows. Serving as the perfect tour guide, Kirkland identifies the best and most kid-friendly destinations in cities across Alaska. She offers practical advice on everything from restaurants to rest stops and from weather surprises to wild animals. Photos, maps, and sample itineraries make it easy for parents to plan a trip that will delight and entertain everyone.

The only family travel guide to Alaska written by a current Alaskan, Alaska on the Go makes the state more accessible than ever. Whether traveling via car, cruise ship, or dogsled, this practical, portable guide will open up a new world of memorable adventures.



Planning Your Alaska Adventure

1.      When to Go

2.      How to Get Here

3.      If You Cruise

4.      Packing for Alaska

5.      Alaska’s Wildlife

6.      Children With Special Needs

Divide and Conquer

7.      Alaska’s Layout

8.      Anchorage: You Can Get There from Here

9.      Family Fun in Anchorage

10.  The Kenai Peninsula

11.  Kodiak Big Bears and Bigger Scenery

12.  Denali National Park

13.  Alaska’s Interior

14.  Southeast Alaska

Continue the Fun

15.  Road-Tripping with the Fam

16.  Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Take the Kids

17.  Party On—Special Events with Kid Appeal

Review Quotes
Chicago Tribune
"Kirkland offers advice on traveling in Alaska throughout the year. Cruising is a big industry there, so she devotes an entire chapter to it. Just as crucial is what to pack (in a word, layering). She includes a chapter on wildlife, from bears to mosquitoes. The bulk of the book, though, is devoted to describing what to do and where to stay in Alaska — always written from a family perspective — from Anchorage to Skagway and, yes, even Wasilla, home of Sarah Palin."
Travel Mamas
"Written with a down-to-earth voice and filled with handy information, the guidebook Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children makes planning an Alaskan family vacation doable and fun. Author Erin Kirkland paints a beautiful picture of Alaska’s rugged wilderness that will have you longing for a trip to this northern state. Expect a blend of Alaskan history and cultural lessons along with sound family travel advice and nature exploration safety tips. I love Erin’s humorous, tell-it-like-it-is voice mixed with solid facts."
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