Acadia National Park

National Park and Trail
Bar Harbor
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  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 31
    Get up early to climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain (it’s the first place the sun rises in the United States) and consider yourself a happy camper. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 18
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagFebruary 18, 2015
    You can't go wrong stopping anywhere along Maine's coast, but this park—the oldest east of the Mississippi—is a sight to behold. Spend all day or just stop by and snap a few pics. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    Take a dive along Loop Road, the open coast with amazing seascapes & climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain for the 360-degree view. – Green Guide Editor
    Upvoted Oct 26
  • Guamibear
    GuamibearAugust 14, 2013
    Gorgeous park. Fantastic shuttle system!!! Don't bother driving! Park and take the shuttle or bike! I plan to come back to hike more trails, kayak, and bike. Completely breath taking. Just go!!!
  • Genny D.
    Genny DeanSeptember 1, 2015
    Big and beautiful! So easy to get around, hikes of all levels. Def use the free shuttle to get from summit to summit. Sand Beach is beautiful. Eat at Jordan pond house for a great view and great food.
  • Visit Maine
    Visit MaineMay 20, 2011
    A gem! Great to explore on foot or bike (57 miles of carriage trails!) and plenty of guided tour options too! If you need a break, try a bus or trolley tour of the park. Hot? Take a dip at Sand Beach!
  • Katharine H.
    Lots to do, from relaxing at the beach to strenuous climbs up the mountains to get great views. The park can get extremely crowded at times though, and if it's a foggy morning you may not see much.
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 22, 2012
    Jed Bartlet knows what's up...Acadia National Park is close to perfect...even for those of us who are more city than country mice! Don't miss lunch at the Jordan Pond House!
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 31, 2015
    What a beautiful park. From the sand beach to Jordan pond to Cadillac mountain, this place is gorgeous. Take a hike on the great head trail by sand beach. Probably a 2 hour home with awesome views.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LengelAugust 14, 2014
    Lovely scenic views! Be sure to bring a sweatshirt, as it gets chilly! The rocks are a nice place for a read, and there is a cute picnic location! Gorgeous.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Wildlife: Hawks, kestrels, harbor seals, red bats, river otters, shrews, black bears, weasels, eastern newts, peregrine falcons. Cadillac Mtn. is often the first place in the U.S. to see the sunrise. Read more
  • Stanley Subaru
    Stanley SubaruSeptember 24, 2012
    Beautiful year-round, but especially magical in the Fall. Check out the views from Cadillac Mountain, wet your toes at Sand Beach, and breathe in that lovely fresh air!
    Trails.comMay 30, 2013
    The park, occupying more than half of Mount Desert Island as well as the Isle au Haut, Baker Island, and the Schoodic Peninsula, offers 22 sq miles of mountains, valleys, and lakes! Read more
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimDecember 1, 2011
    One of America's great treasures. I implore you: Bring your good camera. There are photos and natural wonders everywhere. Best times to visit: Summer and Fall.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica McHughOctober 19, 2011
    Every view is amazing. Be sure to plan several trail options ahead of time as parking is sparce in the fall when shuttles are no longer in full force.
  • Sharecare
    SharecareFebruary 2, 2012
    If you find yourself hitting a plateau, try hitting the trail. Giving your body that extra push can give you great results and take your walk up to a workout. Read more
  • Juliana M.
    Juliana MolinaOctober 26, 2014
    Amazing during autumn at fall foliage peak. Sunset at the top of the Cadillac mountain is memorable!
  • Véronique C.
    Véronique CormierJune 27, 2015
    I loved the sceneries!! Ocean beach (cold water but beautiful), and Echo lake are a must!
  • Hank
    HankAugust 20
    If you go to the visitor's center and pay the $25 pass, you get to park and use the free shuttle tours for 7 days. You can just drive around. If you drive the Loop, you will be asked to pay the fee.
  • Greatist
    GreatistSeptember 26, 2014
    Watch out for bears and coyotes which are sighted on a semi-regular basis, while moose and bobcats are rare — but occasional — camp-mates. Read more
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    One of the country's most-visited national parks provides fall sights aplenty: namely, the sought-after leaves of red, orange, and yellow. Read more
  • Meg
    MegJuly 28, 2015
    Fantastic national park with wonderful trails and carriage roads for cycling and running.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McVicarAugust 5, 2014
    The hike up Penobscot mountain was the best hike I've ever done. Amazing exposed ridge line and 360 degree view.
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna C.June 26
    Thunder Hole was a treasure. Also, take a trip up Cadillac Mountain for spectacular views!
  • Mar A.
    Mar AllenAugust 26, 2015
    Hike the moderate Gorham Mountain Trail and Cadillac Cliffs Trail to the summit of Gorham Mountain. Views are spectacular. Read more
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    Created in 1919, Acadia was America’s first national park east of the Mississippi River. John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated roughly one-third of the land protected here today. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauJuly 2, 2015
    What can you say? One of the prettiest places in the world. Hike the Ocean Trail if your first time visiting
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChinJuly 2, 2013
    Start at the visitor's center and pick up a car pass for $20. For a challenging hike we did the bubble divide trail to Deer Brooke to the Penobscot summit which is almost 1200 ft high.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJune 29, 2015
    Lots of traffic during the summer. Great views on many of the trails.
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby CollinsAugust 27, 2010
    If you are going to hike one mountain, go for Beehive. It is one of the most unique hikes you will ever do and it is right next to Sand Beach
  • Monika F.
    Monika FuchsJanuary 8, 2012
    Don't miss the top of Cadillac Mountain. The view of Frenchman's Bay is breathtaking. But bring warm clothes. I can be cold up there.
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25July 5, 2015
    Great national park with lots of trails for dogs! Avoid the tourist season as much as you can
  • Sharecare
    SharecareMay 24, 2012
    When you go here take this free emergency guide app with you and enjoy swimming and sunbathing at Sand Beach this summer! Read more
  • Hal M.
    Hal MackinsAugust 21
    A true national treasure. Grab a copy of A Walk in the Park, the best local hiking guide, and hit the trails!
  • Las Vegas M.
    Las Vegas MannequinsDecember 4, 2011
    Acadia National Park is the second most visited national park in the United States.
  • David C.
    David CastleberryAugust 21, 2015
    Jordon Pond is a beautiful hike. Eat outside at their restaurant , but come early.
  • Renee G.
    Renee GAugust 17, 2014
    Buy the guided tour CD in the gift shop at the visitors center for a great start to get to know the park!
  • Erica B.
    Erica BrooksMarch 22, 2011
    best place on Earth. must see: Park Loop Road, Jordan Pond House, and Seal Harbor Beach.
  • Megan S.
    Megan SelbyJune 25, 2015
    Pack yourself a picnic lunch and walk the Jordan Pond Path. Then treat yourself with tea and popovers at the Pond House.
  • Barry M.
    Barry MahaffeyAugust 7, 2013
    Make sure you visit Jordan pond. Very nice. Great view from the restaurant.
  • Candlewick Press
    Candlewick PressJuly 18, 2011
    This location is central to the plot of the book Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. The main character Jack begins his journey here.
  • Brescian L.
    Brescian LanderNovember 8, 2011
    Be sure to try kayaking during your visit. It is a great way to see the park.
  • Gina
    GinaMay 17, 2010
    Hike to the top of Cadillac mountain early in the morning and watch the sun rise over the ocean. You'll also be the first in the nation to see the sun's rays.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Blueberries and blue bloods, misty islands, spruce and pine forest, craggy coastlines. Read more
  • Claire S.
    Claire SullyAugust 31, 2014
    Everything... It's beautiful!
  • Megan F.
    Megan ForbesAugust 20
    Beautiful sites, and I'm proud to say that my meatball when to thunder hole!
  • Christine
    ChristineSeptember 27, 2015
    Amazing view! Dorr mount trail
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunFebruary 15, 2012
    Try the loops around Eagle Lake or Witch Hole Pond, each about six miles.
  • Paul
    PaulJuly 15, 2013
    Take your time, breathe it in. Walk it, relax. Gorgeous.
  • Monika F.
    Monika FuchsJanuary 8, 2012
    Stop on Sand Beach. A walk along the beach is so refreshing.
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