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Acadia National Park - Maine

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Acadia National Park - Maine

 

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Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine, about 160 miles (257 kms) northeast of Portland and about 50 miles south-southeast of Bangor. With an area of 49,052 acres (198.5 km2) it offers stunning landscapes made up of a variety of geographical features, from high mountains and beautiful valleys covered by dense forests to rocky and sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a place where woodlands, mountains and sea meet in a perfect natural mixture.

It is divided into three main areas. The largest area is on Mount Desert Island. The second largest part of Acadia National Park is at Schoodic Peninsula, on the mainland. The smallest part is on Isle Au Haut, Baker Island and Bar Island.

This is an all year-round destination perfect for a variety of activities such as cross country winter skiing, hiking, fishing, dog sledding and skijoring, scenic drives, wildlife viewings, and biking. It is also famous for its fall foliage.

The nearest town is Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island, and used as home base by lots of visitors.

Some of the highlights of the Acadia National Park include:

Cadillac Mountain: A majestic mountain with stunning views and lots of miles of hiking trails.

Carriage Roads and Bridges: A network of 57 miles (92 kms) of woodland roads and stone bridges built between 1913 and 1940, financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. They are used by bikers, hikers, carriages and horseback riders.

Hiking Trails: There are over 120 miles (193 kms) of hiking trails in Acadia National Park.

Mount Desert Island: With an area of 108 square miles (280 km2), it is the second largest island on the eastern seabord of the United States of America, behind Long Island (in New York). With a population of about 10,600, it offers a diverse variety of accomodation. It got its name from the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1604, because of the high barren peaks he saw. He named it Isle des Monts Desert (in french it means Island of the barren mountains).

Wildlife viewing: About 300 species of birds are part of the rich ecosystem of the park.

 
The photograph above shows a view of Egg Rock Overlook in Acadia National Park.

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