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Acadia National Park Vacation Ideas

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On a mountainous island lies the United States’ easternmost national park. Dream now of a vacation to come where you can experience the fusion of dramatic coastal beauty and New England culture. Acadia National Park is a forested wilderness looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and is the perfect destination for lovers of the wondrous outdoors. Check out the top places to visit in Acadia National Park with our vacation ideas for adventuring year round. From mountain top to village, forest to sea, there is so much waiting to be explored here so grab a notebook and start planning your future trip.


Ideas of places to visit in Acadia National Park

The best Acadia National Park attractions will bring you up close to its breathtaking natural beauty. Hike the many trails fringed with wildflowers that wind through the forest. Scuba dive in the warm Atlantic waters. Taste the air from the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Gaze upon a sky full of stars on perfectly dark nights. A vacation to Acadia National Park will be one to remember. Follow along this read with our Travel Guide video for some sparkling footage of this dynamic destination that’ll keep you inspired for future travel.


Bar Harbor - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Bar Harbor

(1:38 in the video) Just outside the park’s borders, visit the charming seaside community of Bar Harbor. Choose from the numerous restaurants here and enjoy a Maine lobster boil fresh from the sea. It’s from Bar Harbor that many of the tours and adventures through the park are launched, so it makes a great starting point for your Acadia National Park itinerary.


Abbe Museum - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Abbe Museum

(2:07 in the video) While this vacation destination has been a national park for a little over a century, it enjoys a rich history going back thousands of years. At the Abbe Museum, learn about the fascinating story of Wabanaki Indian tribes across Maine and their unique culture and traditions.


Village Green - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Village Green

(2:12 in the video) When planning a trip to Acadia National Park, be sure to visit Village Green, one of the best spots to have on your travel itinerary. Join the many locals and visitors who come to take part in fun community events, peruse the markets or simply to enjoy the natural surroundings. The heritage cast-iron clock has kept the time over many years of the Village Green’s long history as a public park.


Boulder Beach - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Boulder Beach

(2:46 in the video) The dramatic coastline of Acadia National Park draws many visitors to the area. The striking pink granite formations make exploring this beach one of the top things to do while on vacation here year round. Follow the family-friendly trail, Ocean Path, to enjoy views from Boulder Beach and the surrounding coastline.


Otter Cliff - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Otter Cliff

(3:09 in the video) From a vantage point of over 100 feet, enjoy the stunning views from Otter Cliff. From glittering ocean to lush forestland, the scenery here is nothing short of picturesque. Plan a trip here for sunrise or sunset for some captivating photo opportunities. Located on the eastern flank of Mount Desert Island, Otter Cliff is among the U.S.’s tallest points on the Atlantic Coast.


Northeast Harbor - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Northeast Harbor

(3:32 in the video) Mount Desert Island’s southern side treats visitors to the beautiful waterside village of Northeast Harbor. This destination has long been a favorite of the wealthy and famous. Iconic financer and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated thousands of acres of his own land to create this protected area.


Carriage Roads - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Carriage Roads

(4:23 in the video) The Carriage Roads wind for 57 miles around Mount Desert Island. When they were first created, they were primarily traversed by horse and carriage and have connected visitors to the incredible natural surrounds ever since.


Jordan Pond - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Jordan Pond

(4:57 in the video) In a region renowned for its scenic vistas, Jordan Pond still manages to make a splash. The deep glacier-fed waters of the lake are extraordinarily clear and offer the highest visibility recorded in the state of Maine. The reflection of the “Bubbles” (two mountains on the pond’s northern shores) on the mirror-smooth surface is one of the most striking sights to see in Acadia National Park.


Jesup Path - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Jesup Path

(5:20 in the video) Embark on a journey through the Great Meadow past the stands of hemlock and birch trees. This trail is suitable for most skill levels and makes for a fantastic way to observe the wildlife and appreciate nature. The boardwalk over the wetlands makes this beautiful habitat easily accessible for visitors.


Cadillac Mountain - Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Cadillac Mountain

(5:43 in the video) No Acadia National Park itinerary is complete without venturing to the highest point on America’s North Atlantic seaboard, Cadillac Mountain. This is one of the top attractions on Mount Desert Island and in the broader region. It is distinct for being the first place for sunlight to hit in the United States each morning.


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