Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular location to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” However, you may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, “Walking Tours” of many of these destinations may be available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
The tallest mountain in North America is Mt McKinley, at over 20,000 feet (6200 meters). The Native Americans of the region call the peak Denali and its splendor has been preserved forever as part of the United States National Park System. Denali is located in the interior of Alaska, just south of Fairbanks. A visit to Denali can often be included in an Alaskan Cruise package and is definitely worthwhile for at least the following reasons:
1. Because this area is pristine wilderness, wildlife is frequently seen along the main park road.
2. The park is famous for its vast vistas, such as this one below from Inspiration Point.
3. Unfortunately, Denali itself is seldom seen because it creates its own clouds and weather which typically blanket the peak. We could only see it from the highway on the way to Fairbanks (We were almost 100 miles north).