The Seven Biggest Mountains in the U.S.

The seven tallest mountains in the United States are all contained within a single state -- Alaska. In fact, the highest point in the co...

The seven tallest mountains in the United States are all contained within a single state -- Alaska. In fact, the highest point in the continental United States, Mount Whitney in California, is exceeded in height by 16 Alaskan mountains. All seven mountains tower higher than 14,000 feet. Interestingly, although Alaska has the tallest peaks, Colorado is the state with the largest number of summits higher than 14,000 feet.

Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley is the highest point in North America, rising 20,320 feet above sea level. By some measurements, it is the third highest peak in the world. Mount McKinley, named after President William McKinley, is also sometimes known -- especially locally -- by its Athabaskan name of Denali. It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park north of Anchorage.

Mount St. Elias

Mount St. Elias stands at the border between Canada and the United States on the southeastern Alaskan coast. At 18,008 feet it is the third highest peak in North America and the closest tall peak to the ocean. St. Elias Mountain Guides calls its namesake peak "the most remote, and least explored high peak in North America." A 2009 documentary of the same name follows three mountaineers attempting to reach the summit and then ski down to the sea.

Mount Foraker

Mount Foraker is a 17,400-foot peak in the Denali National Reserve, a close neighbor to Mount McKinley. It is named after Joseph B. Foraker, a former U.S. senator from Ohio.

Mount Bona

Mount Bona is located in the same range of mountains as Mount St. Elias in southeastern Alaska. At 16,500 feet, is the tallest volcano in the United States, although the volcano portion is currently dormant.

Mount Blackburn

Mount Blackburn, a dormant volcano, is located in the Wrangell mountain range in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in southeastern Alaska. It rises to 16,390 feet and is named after Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn, a former U.S. senator from Kentucky.

Mount Sanford

Mount Sanford, another peak in the Wrangell range, is the third highest volcano in the United States. It, too, is currently dormant. Mount Sanford reaches 16,237 feet.

Mount Vancouver

Mount Vancouver straddles the U.S.-Canadian border in southeastern Alaska. The 15,979-foot mountain is named after the explorer George Vancouver, who also gave the Canadian city of Vancouver its name.

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