Getting into the spirit of Alaska, we see Denali!
Denali is officially known as Mount McKinley, in honor of an American president. Denali however, is the name given by the native people. It's the highest point on the North American continent and a world-class mountaineering destination.
The great forces of plate tectonics that lifted Denali also raised the other great ranges across southern Alaska and into the western coast line of Canada and the lower United States. These forces are the passage of the Pacific crustal plate beneath the North American plate. They move at about the rate of growth as the human fingernails grow in a year. So it takes a long time for these mountains to grow. As that huge sheet of ocean-floor rock of the Pacific Plate plunges downward into the mantle of the earth, it shoves and crumples the North American Continents edge into soaring mountains. These also include the most active volcanoes on the North American Continent.
Denali collects lots of snow, which feeds several large glaciers in the area.
To see McKinley up close, look at our Mount McKinley Flight Page.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANC, ICAO: PANC, FAA LID: ANC) is the major airport in the state of Alaska located 4 nautical miles (7 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage.
Fairbanks and Juneau are the next busiest airports. Anchorage traffic peaks during June, July and August when passenger numbers are twice as high as between October and April.
Some of the most popular destinations in Alaska are: Anchorage, Denali Park, Fairbanks, Seward, and Talkeetna.
We would suggest flying into Anchorage or Fairbanks, renting a car, and then driving to Nenana, Alaska. There are nice places to stay in Anchorage or Fairbanks.
We have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of the various places in Alaska; as well as hotels, and rental 4 wheel drive vehicles; when visiting this beautiful State.
Priceline.com can also arrange very nice Alaska Cruises; which we highly recommend.
Cruises are usually taken during the warm late spring through early fall seasons, due to the freezing temperatures of the winter.
|Denali Can Be Seen|
From A Great Distance
|They Have Signs|
Pointing Out The Peaks
|During August Denali Is|
Usually Surrounded By Clouds
|Only One In Five Tourists|
Ever Get To See The Peak
Maybe We Will Be Lucky!
We Are Lucky!!!
McKinley On Left,
Foraker On Right
|Close Up, Foraker Peak|
|West Face McKinley|
not my photo
|Foraker Peak From McKinley|
not my photo
|Fire Weed||White Flowers|
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