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Acadia National Park

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First Eastern National Park
The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes. The park's location in the far northeastern reaches of the United States gives it the occasional distinction of being the first place in the country to see the sunrise. Acadia is also home to the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard, and the park's 19,000 hectares (47,000 acres) provide plenty of things to do, including hiking and biking. Although the park sits about a three-hour drive from Maine's largest city, Portland, the drive past scenic coves and through placid coastal towns gives you a good idea of why the state slogan remains, "The Way Life Should Be." Explore the family-friendly attractions of Acadia National Park and add them to your vacation plans using our United States day trip app.
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Mountain
Cadillac Mountain
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Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Park Loop Road
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Jordan Pond Path Trailhead
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Thunder Hole
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Acadia National Park

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Hiking Trail
Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Biking Trail
Carriage Roads
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Gorham Mountain Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Precipice Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Acadia National Park

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Specialty Museum
The Seal Cove Auto Museum Seal Cove
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Penobscot Mountain Mount Desert
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Harbourside Drive Northeast Harbor
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Acadia National Park

Hiking Trail
Beech Mountain Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Pemetic Mountain
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Echo Lake Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Heart of Acadia Loop
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Acadia National Park

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Geologic Formation
Otter Cliff
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Day Mountain
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Hot Spring
Sieur de Monts Spring
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Beaches in Acadia National Park

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Sand Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Little Hunters Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Acadia National Park

A few campgrounds sit inside the boundaries of Acadia National Park. Camping is available in the park throughout the year, but most campgrounds are only open during summer. There are plenty of campgrounds around Mt. Desert Island, on which Acadia sits, and more located on the mainland within easy driving distance of the bridge to the island. For creature comforts, a lively atmosphere, and easy access to the park, look for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast in bustling Bar Harbor, which also has restaurants and shops. Quieter Northeast Harbor, which actually sits on the southwest corner of Mt. Desert Island, has a few quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that offer a more rustic experience than staying in Bar Harbor. If you plan to visit Acadia in summer, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
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