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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." Acadia National Park is in Mount Desert Island. Customize your holiday with our United States sightseeing planning app to create an adventure that suits you.
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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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