Denali National Park
In the northern part of the Alaska Range is the Denali National Park, the second largest National Park in the United States, with an area of 6 million acres - a region of depressions and wide river valleys, areas of tundra and high alpine ranges of mountains from which glaciers flow down. In the south-west of the park is majestic Mount McKinley (20,320 ft), the highest mountain in the United States. Visitors can try their hand at panning for gold in Moose River.Denali is the home of grizzly bears, wolves, reindeer, elk and other animals, the reflection of which in Reflection Pond is popular with photographers. More than 167 species of birds have been recorded in Denali National Park.
Official site: www.nps.gov/dena/
Address: Box 9, Denali National Park, AK 99755-0009, United States
Entrance fee in USD: Vehicle plus all occupants $20.00, Adult $10.00
Useful tips: Visit the website for operating hours. The admission fee provides the visitor a 7-day entrance permit.
Located in Denali National Park and Preserve, Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet. It was known as Denali, meaning the high one, to the early Athabascan Indians.Mount McKinley has two peaks, South Peak, which is the true summit and North Peak, which is 2 mi away. For most of the year the mountain is covered with snow and ice. Views of Mount McKinley can be enjoyed from the park road, weather permitting. In the summer months, clouds hide the summit for about 75 per cent of the time and during the rest of the year it is hidden about 60 per cent of the time.There are five glaciers that flow of Mount McKinley - Peters Glacier to the northwest, Muldrow Glacier to the northeast, Traleika Glacier on the eastern side, Ruth Glacier lies to the southeast and Kahiltna Glacier leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.
Talkeetna is a small town, at the junction of three rivers, that was once a supply station for prospectors, and has become a popular base for pursuing outdoor recreational opportunities. The area offers rafting, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, sigtseeing trips, cross country skiing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Museum of Northern Adventure
The Museum of Northern Adventure features cultural and natural history exhibits on northern Alaska. On display are dioramas, wax figures, photos, and documents. The museum is housed in a 70 year old Alaska Railroad building.A trophy room in the Museum of Northern Adventure houses big game and other wildlife taxidermy.
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum
The Talkeetna Historical Society Museum features displays in building replicas, including a log cabin, schoolhouse, railroad depot, and a old house. An item of note is the large scale model of Mount McKinley.
Northern Lights Theatre
The Northern Lights Theatre is located 1.5 miles north of the Denali National Park entrance. The presentation features 17 years of Aurora Borealis footage choreographed to classical music.
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