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This iconic national-park hike will now require a permit

By Jeff Rindskopf of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 33: Often credited as "America's best idea," the U.S. National Park System preserves some of the world's most scenic and ecologically unique areas for visitors' enjoyment. The only problem is, it may feel like too much to enjoy in just one lifetime. Drawing on popular consensus and personal experiences from veteran travelers, this list details some of the essential sights and activities you can't miss — including one famous hike that's become so popular, you'll soon need a permit to enjoy it. Related: Under-the-Radar National Parks to Visit

National Parks Wish List

Often credited as "America's best idea," the U.S. National Park System preserves some of the world's most scenic and ecologically unique areas for visitors' enjoyment. The only problem is, it may feel like too much to enjoy in just one lifetime. Drawing on popular consensus and personal experiences from veteran travelers, this list details some of the essential sights and activities you can't miss — including one famous hike that's become so popular, you'll soon need a permit to enjoy it. 

Related: Under-the-Radar National Parks to Visit

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