Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the tallest mountain peak in North America and one of most popular attractions in Alaska. The name Denali comes from an Athabascan Indian term meaning “tall one” or “great one” and stands at 20,310 feet. On a clear day it can be viewed from as far away as Anchorage, about 150 miles. It is a majestic view and though I have seen it on many occasions, I still take pictures each time. And sometimes I can almost hear America the Beautiful playing in the background.
Denali is located within Denali National Park, about 250 miles north of Anchorage. Great views can be experienced when taking a park shuttle ride along the Denali National Park road. There are also viewpoint stops on the Parks highway south of the park entrance. There is an excellent viewpoint in Cantwell, about a mile east of the RV park; the above photo was taken from that viewpoint. To get an even closer view, a person could take a plane ride and there are some companies that actually land on one of the Denali glaciers. And there are those brave folks who try to climb to the summit. In 2017, about 800 people registered to climb the mountain.
All you need to do to view this stunning mountain is to come up here to Alaska. It’s worth it!