Looking for some unique places in Anchorage to show off to visiting friends and relatives? Anita Nelson with Visit Anchorage says some Alaskans may not be aware of of four local highlights.


Nelson’s first suggestion is the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, on Reeve Boulevard by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. She says in July, people can get a glimpse of Chinook salmon. Nelson added that it is the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America with more than 100 fish tanks displaying salmon in their various stages of life.


Next on Nelson’s list is the Alaska History Walk, which starts on 7th Avenue near the Dena’ina Center downtown. She said it chronicles the state on its journey to statehood in 1959, all the way to 2009.


The third place to check out is the Spirit of Alaska totem pole, located near the corner of 3rd Avenue and E Street. Nelson says it will get a little bit taller this summer with an added eagle’s nest.


The last spot Nelson mentioned is the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, across from the log cabin visitor center in Downtown Anchorage. She said people will typically see rangers outside with bear hides, caribou skins and more. Inside, visitors can find everything from free brochures to three-dimensional maps of the Alaska Range.


For more on these hidden gems and more, visit Anchorage.net.