Acadia National Park

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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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Top Hotels Close to Acadia National Park

Anchorage Motel
Anchorage Motel
2.5 out of 5
51 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
The price is $169 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (684 reviews)
"The room was basic and clean. The beds were comfy. The office staff were great."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

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, 04609
The price is $208 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"After reading the reviews, I was hesitant at first but I am glad I ended up booking at this location. The staff was very nice and professional. they text you updates and you can communicate with the front desk through texts. I loved the pool and hot tub the most. the view from the pool is amazing ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Hampton by Hilton Bar Harbor
Hampton by Hilton Bar Harbor
2.5 out of 5
12 Norman Road, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
The price is $299 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bar Harbor. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (342 reviews)
"This was in a very convenient location both for downtown, dining, and visiting Acadia National Park. The room was spacious and the breakfast may be the best we have had anywhere. They have a huge fresh ice water dispenser and coffee and tea 24 hours a day. We had a beautiful view of the Harbor."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

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Days Inn Bar Harbor
Days Inn Bar Harbor
2.5 out of 5
120 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
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, 04609
Hampton by Hilton Bar Harbor
Hampton by Hilton Bar Harbor
2.5 out of 5
12 Norman Road, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
Anchorage Motel
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2.5 out of 5
51 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
Asticou Inn
Asticou Inn
3 out of 5
15 Peabody Dr, Northeast Harbor, ME, 04662
Cromwell Harbor Motel
Cromwell Harbor Motel
2 out of 5
359 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast Harbor
2.5 out of 5
10 Huntington Road, Northeast Harbor, ME, 04662
Wonder View Inn
Wonder View Inn
2.5 out of 5
50 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
Bar Harbor Motel
Bar Harbor Motel
2.5 out of 5
100 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
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