Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island

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  • 1. Abbe Museum


    This important museum dedicated to Maine's indigenous tribes—collectively known as the Wabanaki—is the state's only Smithsonian-affiliated facility...Read More

  • 2. Acadia Mountain Trail


    If you're up for a challenge, this is one of the area's best trails. The 2.5-mile round-trip climb up Acadia Mountain is a steep and strenuous...Read More

  • 3. Bass Harbor Head Light

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Built in 1858, this lighthouse is one of the most photographed lights in Maine. Now automated, it marks the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue...Read More

  • 4. Cadillac Mountain


    At 1,530 feet, this is one of the first places in the United States to see the sun's rays at daybreak. Named after a Frenchman who explored...Read More

  • 5. Ocean Path Trail


    This easily accessible 4.4-mile round-trip trail runs parallel to the Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road from Sand Beach to Otter Point...Read More

  • 6. Park Loop Road

    Scenic Drive

    This 27-mile road provides a perfect introduction to the park. You can drive it in an hour, but allow at least half a day, so that you can explore...Read More

  • 7. Echo Lake Beach


    A quiet lake surrounded by woods in the shadow of Beech Mountain, Echo Lake draws swimmers to its sandy southern shore. The lake bottom is a...Read More

  • 8. Hulls Cove Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    This is a great spot to get your bearings. A large 3D relief map of Mount Desert Island gives you the lay of the land, and a free 15-minute...Read More

  • 9. Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust

    Visitor Center

    The trust protects 14,000 acres of land in the Rangeley Lakes area. Both online and at its Rangeley office, the trust has maps and descriptions...Read More

  • 10. Sand Beach


    This pocket beach is hugged by two picturesque rocky outcroppings, and the combination of the crashing waves and the chilly water (peaking at...Read More

  • 11. Wilhelm Reich Museum


    This seasonal museum showcases the life and work of controversial physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957). There are magnificent views...Read More

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