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Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park featuring signage and forest scenes

Maine’s rugged coastline and New England culture come together in this easternmost U.S. national park on a mountainous island.

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.

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Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
2.5 out of 5
10 Huntington Road, Northeast Harbor, ME
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The price is $200 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in the heart of Northeast Harbor, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Asticou Azalea Garden and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Acadia National Park. Northeast Harbor ...
4.1/5Very Good! (454 reviews)
"Its charming characteristics. Close walk to mariina. Adjoining restaurant, was great."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
123 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $389 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Village ...
3.9/5Good! (938 reviews)
"Loved the location to Acadia State Park"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
Walk TO Acadia's Trails, Ocean From This Quiet, Charming Carriage House
Walk TO Acadia's Trails, Ocean From This Quiet, Charming Carriage House
Southwest Harbor, ME
Situated by the sea, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Echo Lake Beach and Acadia National Park. Wendell Gilley Museum and Long Pond are also within 3 mi ...
5/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
Nice quiet stay on MDI
"Great property in a nice location close to Echo lake where you can swim. Grocery store nearby too."

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

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Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
2.5 out of 5
10 Huntington Road, Northeast Harbor, ME
The price is $200 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
123 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME
The price is $389 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park, an IHG Hotel
Walk TO Acadia's Trails, Ocean From This Quiet, Charming Carriage House
Walk TO Acadia's Trails, Ocean From This Quiet, Charming Carriage House
Southwest Harbor, ME
Walk TO Acadia's Trails, Ocean From This Quiet, Charming Carriage House
Asticou Inn
Asticou Inn
3 out of 5
15 Peabody Dr, Northeast Harbor, ME
The price is $275 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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Acadia Studio New Construction! Modern Hotel Feel in the Quaint Maine Woods
Acadia Studio New Construction! Modern Hotel Feel in the Quaint Maine Woods
Southwest Harbor, ME
Acadia Studio New Construction! Modern Hotel Feel in the Quaint Maine Woods
Unique Cove Side Cabin on Somes Sound Next to Babbling Brook
Unique Cove Side Cabin on Somes Sound Next to Babbling Brook
Southwest Harbor, ME
Unique Cove Side Cabin on Somes Sound Next to Babbling Brook
Acadia New Construction! 2nd Floor Apartment Close to Acadia, 2 Minutes From SWH
Acadia New Construction! 2nd Floor Apartment Close to Acadia, 2 Minutes From SWH
Southwest Harbor, ME
Acadia New Construction! 2nd Floor Apartment Close to Acadia, 2 Minutes From SWH
Cozy Cottage on the Harbor
Cozy Cottage on the Harbor
Southwest Harbor, ME
Cozy Cottage on the Harbor
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Beautiful Summer Rental Nr Acadia National Park & BAR Harbor! !!
Southwest Harbor, ME
Beautiful Summer Rental Nr Acadia National Park & BAR Harbor! !!
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