Traveling to Maine is a pleasure in itself, with gorgeous coastal scenery and historical sites to visit. But the best destination in Maine for those who love nature is Acadia National Park. This is a park situated on beautiful islands on the coast, with hundreds of species of birds, a wide variety of wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. This time of year is the very best time to visit, too!
You can explore the rugged coastline and the forests by taking the Park Loop Road. This is twenty-seven miles of incredible scenery and peaceful tranquility. You can then choose a park campground to stay in. There are two which accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Or you can park your RV in Bar Harbor at Hadley’s Point Campground and enjoy the quiet location and convenience of this lovely campground.
Acadia boasts some wonderful museums if you want to get some history education into your vacation. The Islesford Historical Museum is on Little Cranberry Island. This is a spot where you can learn the fascinating story of this island and its people. The Abbe Museum is in the Sieur de Monts Spring area and you won’t want to miss the exhibits there. You also don’t want to miss the main museum in downtown Bar Harbor.
While in the Sieur de Monts Spring area you should stop at the Wild Gardens of Acadia. These gardens are open all year and will enthrall you with the many native species on display. The fact that it is free is an added bonus. Then head for Cadillac Mountain for some outdoor fun. This is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard, rising 1,530 feet above sea level and overlooking Bar Harbor.
More fun awaits you in the park, with ponds and lakes for fishing and more than 120 miles of hiking trails. You will definitely want to get out into the forest. The best hikes are found on some of the carriage roads but you may want to take more strenuous trails. The Cadillac North Ridge Trail is four miles out and back and of moderate difficulty. The Cadillac South Ridge Trail is more strenuous and is 7 miles round trip.
If you love to visit lighthouses, you will find Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse offers magnificent views. You’ll discover the short hiking trails close by where you can get some exercise. Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to spend some time while at Acadia National Park. Breathe in that fresh sea air and let your imagination do the rest.
Bar Harbor is nearby and is well worth a visit. Spend some time in this quaint Maine town, grab a lobster dinner and relax. Once recovered from your earlier adventures in Acadia, you may take the Bar Harbor Shore Path. This is a short hike where you’ll get some great views of the harbor and island, as well as experience what Maine is all about.
This Acadia adventure gave you everything a vacation can be expected to provide – lovely scenery, a unique nature experience, historic sites and a new look at our lovely land. Come back another time for more!
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