Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to do
National Park & Preserve
by North America’s highest mountain, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley,
Denali is a must-see for cruisers who intend to visit Alaska only once
and want a land-and-sea experience. Almost
a million people a year enter the area by bus or train, making this
Alaska’s most visited wilderness area. Once
inside, visitors leave behind their deluxe motor coaches and trains
and are transported through the park on ordinary school buses.
Denali’s roads cannot accommodate the heavier luxury motor coaches.
focal point of Denali is Mount McKinley, commonly called by its
original Native name, “Denali,” meaning “the great one.” Arguably,
it is the two highest peaks in North America. Mount
McKinley’s north face rises to 20,320 feet, while the shorter south
face still looms over the Alaska Range at 19,470 feet. Permanently
snow-covered, it is surrounded by the lesser Mount Foraker (17,400
feet), Mount Hunter (15,573 feet), and Mount Grosson (12,800 feet).
from the spectacular scenery, Denali is the place to see wildlife. It
is home to 161 species of bird, 37 species of mammal, and at least 450
plant species. Look
closely for the official state bird, the willow ptarmigan, grizzly
bears, and caribou.
at the entrance to Denali, Princess Lodge boasts that it has the only
cruise/tour accommodations with a view of Mount McKinley.
Be forewarned, though—depending on the weather, you may not
see the peak of Mount McKinley at all. All
the world’s largest mountains create their own weather systems and
Mount McKinley is no exception, with fog being its most common
Cruising-- Spring! It's
in the air and cruisers' fancies turn north. North to Alaska, with
thoughts of majestic scenery, frontiers to explore, and what to
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