If you’re looking for a true “insider” vacation spot, it’s time to head north.
You heard that right. Forget the Southern coast, a tropical island paradise, or even an exclusive resort. Everything you could possibly need in a vacation is located on an island on the stunning coast of Maine.
Acadia National Park, located just outside of Bar Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island, is a 47,000-acre oasis of perfectly preserved coastal wonderland.
Established in July of 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, the park is a patchwork of land donated by private citizens who sought to prevent the over-development of the coastline and acted to protect it.
Inside Acadia, visitors can find attractions that perfectly highlight the natural beauty of the park.
For you are looking to go hiking through the scenic wilderness, Acadia National Park offers a little something for everyone. With over 120 miles of hiking trails, ranging from very easy, all the way to strenuous, you can take it easy or challenge yourself.
The hiking trails pair well with the Carriage Roads and stone bridges, criss-crossed across the park. Financed and designed by J.D. Rockefeller, Jr. between 1913 and 1940, this impressive network covers 57 miles, free from all motorized vehicles. This makes them accessible to hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and horse-drawn carriages, as well as the select cross-country skier in the winter months.
And, depending on where your path takes you, you may come across some of the wildlife native to the park, including black bears, fox, moose, otters, seals, dolphins, whales, a flock of songbirds, herons, and even the peregrine falcon!
Jordan Pond, located in the heart of the park, is a picturesque body of water, carved out by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet in the last glacial period. The 1.18 mile-long pond, with a shoreline extending 3.6 miles total, is outlined with a nature trail, a tea house, and a restaurant for visitors.
Other attractions include Cadillac Mountain, a 1,530-foot mountain that offers the perfect view of the sunrise and a stunning view of Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor from the summit.
If you’re heading to Acadia with your family in your truck, with your camper in tow (like we think you are), you’ll be happy to know that there are several beautiful and well-maintained campgrounds, located either on location, inside the national park, or in close proximity, in the town of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, or Southwest harbor.
And if you’re feeling the need to get out of the wilderness and into the city, the city of Bar Harbor is ready to accommodate all of your touristy needs – with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Porcupine Islands from the town pier, to serving you up the famous Maine lobster.
With average temperatures hovering between 70° and 76° during the summer months, it’s not too hot and not too cold… Just right. Perfect for staying active on the hiking trails, or dipping a toe into the Atlantic Ocean.
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