The varied terrain includes crystal clear rivers, mountain lakes, expansive tundra, alpine meadows, sweeping vistas and abundant wildlife. Visitor services are available along the Parks Highway, near the park entrance, at campgrounds and in remote lodges.
The mountain is also characterized by extremely cold weather. A thermometer left exposed at an elevation of 15,000 feet on Mount McKinley over 19 years recorded a temperature of −73.3 °C at some point during its exposure.
Driving from Anchorage or Fairbanks must be one of the most visually stunning drives in America. Alternatively, a train-trip on the "Midnight Sun Express" in either direction is equally as impressive. This is not your normal train ride, the car is a full-domed private rail car pulled behind the Alaska Railroad's daily train. The cars are custom-designed for great views of Denali from any vantage point.