1. Denali State Park
The big one, Denali, (formerly known as Mt. McKinley) is the tallest mountain in North America, and resides in this park. Denali State Park shares a boundary on the east with the Talkeetna Mountains and on west resides Denali National Park which is much larger than the state park and much more crowded. The National Park only allows personal vehicles up to Savage Creek — beyond that you have to take a bus to get to Denali. Denali State Park has camp sites, public use cabins and plenty of hikes, if you hike along the Kesugi Ridge you can see the most impressive views of Denali. Wildlife is almost guaranteed: Moose, bears, sheep and smaller creatures can be found walking along the trails. Be prepared for an encounter.