Denali National Park

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National Parks have awed tourists and even locals for years. They provide an escape from the ordinary and relief from the everyday stress of society. National Parks provide insight into a simpler time where our ancestors were surrounded by the beauty of nature instead of the concrete jungles of modern day metropolitan areas. Few of these wonderful parks provide the same seclusion as Denali National Park in Alaska. It’s sights and sounds have fascinated many and will continue to provide a great escape from everyday life. The original Mount McKinley National Park was established on February 26, 1917(Denali). It was originally founded as a wilderness area. In 1980, the park was renamed Denali National Park. This new Denali National Park was created to merge Mount McKinley National Park with Denali National Preserve. The word Denali literally means “great one”(qtd. in Encyclopedia Americana). The Native Americans referred to the great mountain as Denali. Most climbers still refer to Mount McKinley as Denali(Denali). Denali’s location makes it a wonderful place to escape the ordinary. Denali National Park is situated in the central part of Alaska. The two major cities closest to it are Fairbanks, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska. “There is one road entrance into Denali. The entrance is along Alaska Highway 3(also called George Parks Highway) about 240 miles north of Anchorage, 120 miles south of Fairbanks, and 12 miles south of Healy- the nearest year-round community.”(Plan Your Visit). The National Park is an 8,899 square mile protected area(Encyclopedia Americana). It provides an opportunity to view nature up close or from the comfort of a shuttle bus. The weather at Denali adds to the beauty and mystery of the park itself. Accord... ... middle of paper ... ... Service - Experience Your America. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. . "Denali, the summit of North America. The seven summits, the highest peaks of the 7 continents! Trips, Statistics & information!." The seven summits, the highest peaks of the 7 continents: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson, Carstensz! Trips, Statistics & information!. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2012. . "Mount McKinley." World Book. M ed. 2011. Print. Our national parks: America's spectacular wilderness heritage.. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest Association, 1985. Print. "What to Do at Denali - National Geographic." Travel & Cultures -- National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. .

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