Posted by: danielfee | February 10, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 02-10-2013

Denali National Park - Alaska

Denali National Park – Alaska


Denali National Park and Preserve, located in interior Alaska, is over 6 million acres and is home to Mount McKinley the highest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet.  The park was established as Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917. In 1897 a local prospector named the mountain after President William McKinley who was from Ohio and had no connection with the region. On December 1, 1978 the Denali National Monument was proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter. Then in 1980, Mount McKinley National Park was combined with Denali National Monument. At that time the Alaska Board of Geographic Names changed the name of the mountain back to “Denali,” even though the U.S. Board of Geographic Names maintains “McKinley”. The word “Denali” means “the high one” in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself. The park is serviced by a single 91-mile long road that runs east to west, to the north of and roughly parallel to the Alaska Mountain Range.


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