Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park

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Drive the scenic route on Park Loop Road to explore Acadia National Park. Beginning at Hulls Cove visitor center, you can cruise this 43 km (27 mi) stretch for views of the park's lakes, mountains, forests, and coast. Drive carefully, as wildlife can often be spotted crossing the road. Pullover points are dotted along the road to provide safe places for you to stop and take pictures or stretch your legs. The loop continues another 5.6 km (3.5 mi) to the summit of Mount Cadillac, at 466 m (1,530 ft) high, for fantastic panoramas of the Acadian skyline. Add Park Loop Road and other attractions to your Acadia National Park trip itinerary using our Acadia National Park online attractions planner .
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  • It's an easy drive on the Loop Road and through a lovely area of pines and shore. It takes a bit of time so schedule wisely so you don't miss it!  more »
  • The stretch along the ocean is my favorite part of this drive. On a clear day, the ocean is so blue and the views just incredible. Take your time along this drive so you can stop and see all the sight...  more »
  • Awesome. Scenery. Like minded people. We went atop Cadillac for a sunrise vista. Incredible. Highly advise.  more »

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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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