Places To Go

Acadia National Park is one of the few parks in the world that gives its visitors an ocean shoreline, mountains, woodlands, and lakes. The most amazing place to go is the Mount Desert Island and parks within the park that include Isle au Haut, a small portion of the Schoodic Peninsula and Baker Island.

The park is spread across a total of 47,000 acres, of which Mount Desert Island covers more than 30,000 acres, Isle au Haut covers 2,728 acres and Schoodic Peninsula covers 2,366 acres.

Some of the best Places to Go at Acadia National Park are:

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Anyone who wants to get some spectacular views of the ocean shoreline and the small islands must visit the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. It is the only lighthouse on the Mount Desert Island with light trails on both sides, giving visitors the chance to feast their eyes on some amazing scenic beauty of the ocean.

Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the US’ Eastern Seaboard. The best part being that it is a part of the park and at 1,530 feet high it is a sight to behold. There is a narrow, winding road that leads to the mountain but make sure that you take into account the weather conditions, such as dense fog or snow. Also note that the road is closed during December and up till April the 14th.

The Isle au Haut

Isle au Haut translates to ‘High Island’ in English. The series of islands was named by the French navigator Samuel Champlain during his exploratory expeditions of the Maine coast in 1604. This is a great place to camp but you need to make reservations in advance to get a camping spot.

Park Loop Road

Another way of sightseeing is the outstanding view of the park’s ocean shoreline, mountain silhouettes and the forests is the 27-mile (43 kilometers) long trail of the Park Loop Road. This is one of the most historic roads of the park that runs along the shoreline. It is open 24 hours a day from April 15th till November 24th, depending on weather conditions. However, there is a part of the road that remains open throughout the year.

Wild Gardens of Acadia

The best place to view the park’s natural habitat. Take a stroll across the Wild Gardens of Acadia and look at the variety of natural plants and the abundant birdlife. Please note that pets and smoking are not allowed.

Islesford Historical Museum

Located on the Little Cranberry Island, the museum is accessible through a tour boat or mail boat. The park offers the Historic and the Islesford Scenic Cruise that allows the visitors to explore the museum for 45 minutes.

There is no shortage of outstanding places to visit in the Acadia National Park.

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