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. Put Park Loop Road into our Acadia National Park vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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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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  • Best driving is when there aren't many people who you don't have to beware people walking out on front of you or drivers rubber necking and getting out of their lane. Nice views in many areas. Good fo...  more »
  • This park is very well laid-out, and the loop road makes it very easy to get from one section to another. It never seemed busy - in fact, the road into Bar Harbor was far busier than the loop road in ...  more »
  • The weather was an amazingly clear early June day and the drive was delightful. The map provided by the park service marked some points but a tour book by James Kaiser called 'Acadia' was most helpful...  more »