The north of America is a world of rugged mountains, including Denali, the highest peak on the continent, and sweeping Arctic tundra. Up here, the wild heroes, from grizzly bears to musk oxen to beavers to bald eagles, must battle through the continent’s most brutal winter, lit only by the ethereal beauty of the northern lights. For those who can make it, a spectacular summer of plenty awaits.
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Drone pilot Jeff Hester captures the golden light along the rugged coastline that salmon have to navigate before facing hoards of sea lions at the river mouth. (National Geographic for Disney+/Taylor Gray)
Mount Baker is one of the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade volcanoes: 15 square miles of glaciers feed 30 river tributaries with essential fresh water. (National Geographic for Disney+/Nick Grier)
Bald eagles congregate along the banks of the Chilkat River, the largest gathering of their kind in the world. Geothermal upwellings prevent the river from freezing until later in the season. (National Geographic for Disney+)