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Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, the highest point in North America.
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North America's Highest Place

The summit of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska is the highest point in North America at 6194 m (20,320 feet). Mount McKinley is the third most prominent summit on earth, but actually has a larger base-to-peak height than Mt. Everest because Everest sits on several thousand feet of the Tibetan plateau.

Native Americans have always called the mountain "Denali" meaning "great one." This is also the official name used by the state of Alaska, but the Federal government and the National Park Service continue to use "McKinley" in honor of the American president assassinated in 1901.

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