Special Report

The Highest Point in Every State

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1. Alabama
> Highest peak: Cheaha Mountain
> Elevation: 2,407 ft.
> Coordinates: 33.5° N, 85.8° W

The name “Cheaha” comes from the Muskogee word “chaha,” which translates to “high place.”

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2. Alaska
> Highest peak: Denali
> Elevation: 20,320 ft.
> Coordinates: 63.1° N, 151.0° W

For over a century, Denali was known as Mount McKinley, but the moniker was returned to the original Native Alaskan name in 2015.

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3. Arizona
> Highest peak: Humphreys Peak
> Elevation: 12,633 ft.
> Coordinates: 35.3° N, 111.7° W

Though it was named Humphreys Peak around 1870, the mountain was also named San Francisco Peak due to a General Land Office error. It wasn’t fixed until 1933.

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4. Arkansas
> Highest peak: Magazine Mountain
> Elevation: 2,753 ft.
> Coordinates: 35.2° N, 93.6° W

Mount Magazine got its peculiar name when French explorers heard a landslide and mistook the loud sound for an exploding ammunition magazine.

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5. California
> Highest peak: Mount Whitney
> Elevation: 14,494 ft.
> Coordinates: 36.6° N, 118.3° W

The tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney is such a popular climbing destination that hikers need a permit to climb it to minimize the ecological impact.