Acadia National Park


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Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor, Maine may be best known as the gateway to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Acadia is one of the most visited National Parks in the country and encompasses more than 30,300 acres of mountains, scenic seaside, and wilderness to explore. You can hike over 120 miles of trails, walk or bike nearly 45 miles of scenic carriage roads, or drive the 27 mile Park Loop Road to take in the stunning natural beauty of Acadia National Park.

Bring your camera or your bike, open your eyes and your heart and be prepared to be wowed. Known as the first place in the US to see the sunrise, Cadillac Mountain is a must for any Maine vacation adventure. Acadia National Park is without comparison as the mountains truly meet the sea here and offer one of the most spectacular settings on the entire East Coast (if not the most spectacular).

Bar Harbor, Maine being the largest town on Mount Desert Island (home of Acadia National Park) is often thought of as synonymous with the Park.

Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor, Maine offer an endless array of activities for everyone. Some of the must see and do’s in and around Acadia National Park include: a visit to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff, a drive up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise or sunset and a popover at the Jordon Pond House. Tour the stunning gardens at Asticou or take a boat ride out of Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor.

Whether on the ocean or the land, visitors and guests can tour the island on their own, or let experienced Maine guides show them the way.

For cyclists, there are 45 miles of carriage trails that lace their way through Acadia. Bike beside crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountains. Or take a bus or trolley tour and let someone else show you the way.

There are local companies and registered Maine Guides who are experts in the wildlife and the history of the area; there are also walking tours of Bar Harbor, Maine as well.

Rent a kayak or canoe and tour on your own or better still in the company of registered Maine Guides and explore Mount Desert Island's fascinating coastline. Set sail with one of the several crews in search of whales, puffins, seals, and seabirds. Listen to the stories of the cottage era, or simply relax under billowing sails of a Maine Tall Schooner.

For the culturally inclined, Bar Harbor offers two celebrated music festivals offering everything from string orchestras, through chamber music, to jazz. Local bars and clubs host a range of bands and solo artists that complete the musical mix.

If you are planning to visit Bar Harbor and Acadia in the winter, (the Highbrook is closed in the winter) the carriage trails make for excellent cross-country skiing, the Park Loop Road is a haven for snowmobilers, and the trails under their coating of white take on a fresh new look. Acadia's peaks and cliffs also offer new workouts to the experienced in this most challenging of seasons.

Things to Do in Acadia National Park and Links
The Island Explorer will bring you anywhere in Acadia National Park except the summit of Cadillac Mountain. You'll need to drive, hike, cycle, or take a guided tour to get there.

During the 2013 season no entrance fees will be charged on August 25 and September 28.

Don't miss tea and popovers at the Jordan Pond House. Reservations are recommended.

Sunset is just as spectacular from Cadillac Mountain as sunrise, and you’ll get to sleep in.

If you're only visiting for a short time, the must see things in Acadia are Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond.


Maps of Acadia National Park

Acadia Bridge

Beehive Trail

Acadia Hillside