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Travel to Maine’s rocky Mount Desert Island to visit Acadia National Park. Here you’ll find a forested wilderness overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and meet hardy northern New Englanders who welcome you to join in their community activities.
Many activities center on the park’s year-round natural beauty. Spring offers opportunities for hiking along trails to spot wildflowers and newborn wildlife. In summer, stroll on shaded carriage roads. Rent a sea kayak or scuba dive in the lukewarm Atlantic Ocean. Swim in saltwater or a freshwater lake. See spectacular displays of fall colors against sparkling granite in autumn. Winter brings a blanket of snow, ideal for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet (466 meters), is the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Hike or climb its granite slopes or drive along a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) road to the top for a quiet evening. Perfectly dark nights provide great opportunities for watching satellites, shooting stars and the space station hurtling across the skies.
Just outside the park’s borders, the charming town of Bar Harbor has numerous restaurants, shops and galleries. Buy salt water taffy, ice cream and fudge or enjoy a Maine lobster boil.
Choose your mode of transportation for the park. Drive the 27-mile (43-kilometer) Park Loop Road listening to a purchased audio tape with facts and stories about the park’s history, geology and wildlife. Walk or bike on some of the 45 miles (72 kilometers) of carriage roads installed by John D. Rockefeller. From June through October, ride the Island Explorer Shuttle Bus from points outside the park to areas within. Although the park’s Hull Cove Visitor Center closes from November to mid-April, one scenic section of the Park Loop Road remains open year-round.
U.S. national parks offer affordable adventure for all types of travelers. Purchase a park entry pass for daily or weekly access or an annual interagency pass for enjoyment of parks across the country.
When you visit Acadia National Park, be prepared for the weather extremes of coastal New England, with the possibility of strong winds, fog and unseasonal snow, or many bright, sunny days.
Make the most of your time at Acadia National Park. Below is a list of the best activities:
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Situated in Northeast Harbor, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Asticou Azalea Garden and Acadia National Park. Thuya Garden and Bracy Cove are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Bar Harbor hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor Whale Watching is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
Located in the heart of Bar Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Village Green, Bar Harbor Whale Watching and Shore Path. Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Cadillac Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in a national park, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asticou Azalea Garden and Acadia National Park. Thuya Garden and Mount Desert Island Historical Society are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Northeast Harbor, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Asticou Azalea Garden and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Acadia National Park. Northeast Harbor Golf Club and Thuya Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Northeast Harbor, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Asticou Azalea Garden and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Acadia National Park. Northeast Harbor Golf Club and Thuya Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Northeast Harbor, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Northeast Harbor Golf Club and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Acadia National Park. Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Northeast Harbor, this romantic holiday home is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Asticou Azalea Garden and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Acadia National Park. Thuya Garden and Northeast Harbor Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km).