USA – Alaska
The Denali National Park is located in the state of Alaska in USA covered by the Denali Borough and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Denali National Park measures a massive area of 19,185 square km and is home to Mount Mckinley which is the third highest peak in the world with an elevation of 6194 metres. The attractions in the national park are the beautiful alpine lakes and forests in the lower elevations, tundra in the mid points and glaciers, rock and snow at the highest elevations. The Denali National Park is host to more than 400,000 visitors annually and is a great place for sceneries, hiking and mountaineering in the pure and untamed wilderness of Alaska.
Alpine forests and lakes at the lower elevations
A full view of Mount McKinley
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The Dall sheep plays an important role in the establishment of the park
Road towards the 3rd highest peak of the world
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Native Americans were living in the environment since 11,000 years ago using resources the wild provided. In 1907, hunter and naturalist Charles Sheldon took interest in the area and specifically on the Dall sheep and traveled to the region. He returned to Washington and helped to establish the Mount Kinley National Park in 1917. In 1976, President Jimmy Carter designated the park as an international biosphere reserve and finally in 1980, the Denali National Park was formed with the incorporation of the Denali National Monument.
The Grizzly Bear of Denali
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Rare sighting of a double rainbow Panorama
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The Wonder Lake is the result of glacier erosion and ice block melting
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The summit of Mount Mckinley at elevations of over 6000 metres
Getting there :
The nearest airport to the Denali National Park would be the Fairbanks International Airports (FAI) which requires a 2 hour drive to the attraction. The nearest major airport would be the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) which is a 5 hour drive to the attraction. Most of the flights available are on a seasonal basis.