Acadia National Park

Claiming just shy of 75sq miles of both Hancock and Knox counties, Acadia National Park encompasses much of New England's most beautiful coastal images and is an excellent alternative to east coast city life. Several islands off the coast of Maine, including: Baker Island and Isle au Haut, also form Acadia however, it's Mount Desert Island that's considered to be the jewel in the crown. Film stars, millionaires and tourist hordes flock to Mount Desert Island with towns, such as: Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont, containing plenty of picture postcard seaside villages where fish suppers and bobbing boats are always cause for celebration.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Acadia National Park

    Amazing scenery Wherever your Acadia National Park tours take you one thing is for sure: you'll never be far away from some stunning scenery with mountain foothills, woodland trails and lake side paths providing the lion's share of options for getting out and about on the mainland. If you prefer your scenery on the slightly salty side then you won't be disappointed as Acadia is renowned for holding some of the most auspicious images of the Atlantic as well as plenty of remote headlands which often come complete with a white painted lighthouse.

  • Bubble Mountains, Acadia National Park

    Hike granite peaks Hiking in Acadia National Park is pretty much the done thing and both on the mainland and on the islands you'll find numerous trails and tracks which lead through some sublime scenery en-route to a cosy nook or inviting seafood restaurant. Much of the recognised mountain footpaths will take you over some hard wearing granite peaks and if you fancy clambering over rocky ledges in search of awesome Atlantic views then there's no better place in east coast America to do just that.

  • Cycling in Acadia National Park

    Activities: Bike Historic Trails, Sea Kayaking Aside from getting out and about on a hiking trail, Acadia National Park lends itself effortlessly to any number of alternative outdoor activities with horse riding and sea kayaking just two of several different modes of transport. Mountain bikers in particular will be happy with their lot as there are over 100 miles of historic trails available which are perfect for discovering the local heritage as well as putting your calf muscles through their paces.

  • Wild Gardens of Acadia

    Wild Gardens of Acadia Located on Mount Desert Island and presenting a well-organised introduction to Maine's natural habitats and indigenous species of plant life, the Wild Gardens of Acadia are an absolute joy and often considered to be a 'must see' highlight. There are some truly lovely paths and trails to lead you through the Wild Gardens and the Sieur de Monts Spring and Abbe Museum providing you with a chance to learn about the wild flora as you explore.

When to go
Temperature chart - Acadia National Park

If you're free from the shackles of the school holidays then visiting Acadia National Park at the beginning of September is an excellent idea as you'll find an ideal climate for hiking and hardly any crowds. Towards the end of September the colourful fall foliage does tend to draw more visitors, with good right as this is a spectacular natural display that's well worth sharing with fellow 'leaf peepers'. Mid-October tends to be getting chillier and more restaurants will be starting to shut up shop although, if you're looking for the last of the leaves with fewer people then this is the perfect time to visit. Late spring/early summer (around May and June time) also offers a crowd-free time of year although evenings are still on the cold side and not all facilities will be open for business. The summer is busy yet warm and thanks to the breeze from the Atlantic coast, strolls are an absolute delight, especially if you don't mind sharing.

Insider Tip: Park Ranger Advice
Acadia National Park sign

The summer in Acadia National Park promises no end of opportunities to get closer to the natural world and find out more about the flora and fauna that can be found in abundance. Follow a park ranger into the wide blue yonder and get the best advice from where to walk and where to go bird-watching. Watch slide-shows and Q&A sessions and learn all about the area from these friendly and knowledgeable folk. Junior programmes are in abundance during the summer and asking for a schedule upon arrival in the park will no doubt set your family up for activities from May through to October.

Tours that visit Acadia National Park


    13 days | USA / Canada | Hotels

    Jul-Sep from


    Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and hidden secrets to the more intrepid traveller.

    Highlights: Acadia National Park | Prince Edward Island

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    11 days | USA East | Camping

    Aug-Oct from


    Perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails await you on this walking tour of North East USA. Explore the Appalachian Trail's valleys, peaks and thick forests with guided daily hikes, and then swap stories around the campfire on this invigorating walking holiday!

    Highlights: Berkshire Mtns | Mt Washington | Baxter

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