• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Reservation systems bloom in busiest US NPs, drawing mixed reactions, suggestions for changes

Mount Desert Island, MAINE — With tickets selling out in seconds every day, Herb Cohen figured he was lucky to get a reservation that allowed him to park his car just steps from the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park — the coveted spot to take in the sunrise from the tallest point on the Atlantic coast.

“It’s easier to score a concert ticket, but it worked out well,” said Cohen, 46, a financial controller from Brooklyn, N.Y., who arrived at 4:45 a.m. on a recent morning with his wife Jennifer, plopping his lawn chair on the side of a rocky trail in pitch darkness as he prepared for the big moment.

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