About Denali National Park

by SmarterTravel Staff
Visitors come to Denali National Park, the crown jewel of Alaska's national parks, to witness Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Getting to Alaska can be expensive, but you can save on Denali and Alaska travel with the Great Alaskan TourSaver coupon book. The book costs $100, but it can help you save much more with coupons that entitle you to two-for-one deals and other discounts on travel. For example, you can get two-for-one tickets for the Mt. McKinley flight-seeing tours and Anchorage-to-Denali rail packages.
 
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Denali National Park makes its splendors accessible to everyone. Adventurous hikers and backpackers can explore the backcountry with no trails to restrict their steps. Comfort-craving visitors can take guided bus tours, complete with video systems to aid in wildlife viewing. And independent travelers can ride schoolbuses into the park and hop off and on as they please.

The park's centerpiece is Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali—"The High One"—in Athabascan. At 20,320 feet, it's the highest peak in North America—so tall that it creates its own weather systems. The mountain is not accessible from the park's only road and is a technical climb, so don't expect to be day-hiking up the great mountainsides. Denali National Park provides ample opportunities for viewing wildlife such as bears, moose, caribou, dall sheep, and eagles, either up close or from the relative safety of a bus interior. The park hosts hundreds of species of wildflowers, so July visitors will see stunning views on the ground as well as up high.

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The nearest major airports to Denali are Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Fairbanks International Airport.

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