Ancient Alaskans called Denali "The High One," for good reason. Towering at 20,320 feet, Denali is North America’s tallest peak. Glimpses of the mammoth mountain are visible along stretches of the Parks Highway, with designated pullouts providing the best views. Of course, the closer you can get to the mountain the better the view, so park your car at the Denali National Park Visitors Center and hop on a Park Service shuttle bus. On a clear day, the view is majestic.
No trip to Alaska would be complete without glacier viewing. Some of the best access to glaciers is found in Prince William Sound, accessed either in Whittier, Valdez or Cordova. Board the state ferry or private day excursion boats in any of these communities for up close and personal views of these magnificent rivers of ice.