Denali is America’s tallest peak. The 20,320-foot mountain is the most famous part of this national park.
Most visitors come to Denali National Park to see the 6,200-meter-tall Mountain (Formerly known as Mount McKinley), but it is far more than just a mountain. Denali National Park may be named after the tallest peak in North America, known by locals as Denali, meaning “the high one” in the Athabaskan languages of Alaskan Native American tribes. Located just north of Anchorage, Alaska, this National Park is the largest in the USA. It boasts more than 2.4 million hectares of tundra, mountains and glaciers, which contrast the area’s vast wetlands and lush forests.
One of the best ways to view this mountainous park is to take a fixed-wing or helicopter tour from Anchorage. On the ground, you will find a wealth of other activities to enjoy. In the warmer months, the park features opportunities to hike, bike, fish and camp, while the colder months bring the snow needed for skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding. During the summer, spend your time hiking the park’s rugged mountain trails. Denali also offers an amazing chance to view wildlife such as grizzly bears, bald eagles, wolves and moose.
Fact: The name of Mount McKinley was officially changed to Denali in August 2015 under the Obama presidency to honour its original Alaskan name. President Barack Obama announced the renaming of the mountain on an Alaskan visit in the first week of September 2015. It was named Mount McKinley in 1917 by the US government to commemorate William McKinley, who was president of the Unites States from 1897 until his assassination in 1901.