Tucked in northern Maine just south of the U.S.-Canada border, Acadia National Park combines the majesty of mountains and the silent serenity of dense forests with a rugged coast and offshore islands that offer outstanding hiking, fishing, and camping. Quaint and scenic coastal towns dot the area surrounding the park, making it easy to enjoy the comforts of modern living while taking in one of the continent's greatest treasures.
Some of the activities and attractions you can enjoy in the Acadia National Park area include:
-Hiking and outdoor adventure: Acadia hiking trails are among the top draws in the park. The area has excellent kayaking and rafting opportunities, and there are also beautiful sandy beaches where you can stretch out and relax in the summer sunshine.
-Wildlife and nature tours: Acadia National Park is teeming with wildlife. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a rare land or sea animal; otherwise, you'll enjoy a fascinating education on the park's diverse flora and fauna if you take a guided tour.
-Bar Harbor: The main town in the area, Bar Harbor is a hub of the area's culture and nightlife. You can enjoy excellent shopping in the town center and explore the scenic lighthouses that lie in and around the city.
-Tremont: Known locally as "the quiet side," Tremont is located on Mount Desert Island. Come here for fresh seafood, lighthouse tours, and dramatic coastal views.
-Whale watching: In season, whale watching excursions venture into the ocean from the Maine coast. Take advantage of the rare opportunity to see whales in their natural habitats.
Fully enjoy the serenity of the area by staying in a vacation rental. Options range from cabins tucked deep in the silent woods to quaint cottages and modern condos along the Maine coastline. These accommodations offer guests more space and privacy than hotels, and come complete with all the comforts and amenities you enjoy at home.
From the Acadia National Park area, you can head north across the Canadian border into scenic Nova Scotia or head south along the Maine coast for more spectacular ocean views. Autumn is an excellent time to visit, as you'll get to enjoy the legendary New England foliage.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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