Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is the highest point in North America at over 20,300 feet (6,200 meters). Located in the U.S. state of Alaska, it is named after United States president William McKinley. It is part of the Alaska Range in Denali National Park.
The mountain first sighted by Europeans when Russian explorers came to Alaska in the 1790s. Named Bolshaya Gora (lit. "Big Mountain"), it was renamed in honor of the US president when Alaska was purchased in 1867. Denali is a native name for the mountain, and in Alaska itself "Denali" is more popular. The mountain is not a technically difficult climb, though it is dangerous in the winter and isolated.