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Every national park has places of beauty, but certain legendary parks contain sights so compelling that people make it a lifetime goal to see them at least once. And within each is a day hike that carries the hiker directly into the park’s essence, where its iconic beauty and mystery are on vivid display. Here are the best of the best—20 legendary day hikes within our most legendary national parks. —Robert Earle Howells


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