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What's the WEATHER like this time of year?

Alaskan weather in the springtime can be a little unpredictable. It could be sunny one minute, then rainy the next. April will be no exception. Plan on the weather being anything from warm, cold, slushy, or even snowy. 

  • Clothing. The best Alaskan apparel advice is layers. The first layer is something thin and close to the skin, the second layer adds warmth, and the third layer protects from rain and wind if necessary. Layering allows you to remain flexible and comfortable no matter what the Alaskan weather throws at you. 

  • Footwear. The shoes you bring depend on the activity you plan on taking part in. Some essentials are walking shoes, water-resistant or water-proof rain shoes, and sturdy hiking boots. Socks of various thicknesses are also good to have. 

  • Additional items to bring: gloves, a hat, and sunglasses. 


Do I have to pay to PARK my car at UAA?

EMOS will be taking place at the Fine Arts Building on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These days are free parking at UAA’s campus! There are two parking lots: . For those of you using a car, you will not need a parking permit nor will need to pay for parking. There are two lots close by the Arts Building: the East Lot (the large lot right out front of the building) and the East Parking Garage (right behind the building).


How do I find my way to registration?

Here is a map of the Fine Arts Building. Registration and breakfast will be held on in the upper lobby. Look for the stairs on the far side of the lobby from the main entrance. There will be signs to mark the route.

Am I likely to encounter WILDLIFE in Alaska?

Moose are common sightings around UAA’s campus. As EMOS will be taking place in April, there is also a possibility that bears could be around. Additional wildlife to be on the lookout for include birds. A year or so ago, UAA had some seagulls nesting on the roofs of buildings, including the Arts Building, that would attempt to attack students who got too close. Be sure to be alert while strolling through the woods, on trails, or any place where nature lives. 

Does Anchorage have public transportation?

Anchorage does have a public bus called People Mover. Buses that run from downtown to UAA: Bus number 10 and Bus number 20.  Buses run somewhat infrequently, especially on the weekend. 

Anchorage also has both taxis as well as Uber and Lyft services. These are your best bet to travel from the airport to the hotel.


Can you recommend places in downtown (near the hotel) to eat or visit?

Downtown Anchorage has a lot of options of things to do and see! Here are only some of the many things Anchorage has to offer. We've also included some locations in Midtown (near UAA) should you have a car or choose to venture out! 




  • 49th State Brewing Co.: 717 W. 3rd Avenue

  • Snow City Café: 1034 W. 4th Avenue

  • Williwaw: 609 F Street

  • Pangea Restaurant and Lounge: 508 W. 6th Avenue

  • Ginger: 425 W. 5th Avenue

  • Crow’s Nest: (Inside the Hotel Captain Cook) 939 W 5th Avenue

  • Club Paris: 417 W. 5th Avenue

  • Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse: 610 W. 6th Avenue

  • Wild Scoops Ice Cream: 429 E. Street

  • Glacier Brewhouse: 737 W. 5th Avenue



  • Middle Way Café: 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd.

  • Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria: 3300 Old Seward Hwy.

  • Bear’s Tooth Theatre Pub & Grill: 1230 W. 27th Ave.

  • Spenard Roadhouse: 1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd.

  • Great Harvest Bread: 570 E. Benson Blvd. 




  • 5th Avenue Mall: 320 W. 5th Avenue

  • Octopus Ink Gallery: 410 G Street

  • Polar Bear Gifts: 442 W. 5th Avenue

  • 4th Avenue Marketplace: 333 W. 4th Avenue

  • Elaine Baker Gifts: 939 W. 5th Avenue



  • Title Wave Books: 1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99503

  • La Bodega (Beer and Liquor): 530 E. Benson Blvd #5. Anchorage, AK 99503




  • Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center: 625 C St.

  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts: 621 W. 6th Avenue

  • Town Square Park: 544 W. 5th Avenue

  • Alaska Experience Theatre (Earthquake Experience): (In 4th Avenue Marketplace) 333. W 4th Avenue #207

Further afield:

  • The Alaska Zoo: 4731 O'Malley Road

  • Alaska Native Heritage Center: 8800 Heritage Center Drive

Are there local parks and trails?

There are several parks and trails near downtown or UAA’s campus that you can explore. Click linked names for additional information.

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