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3 Best Places to Visit in Acadia National Park

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From Yosemite to Yellowstone, the U.S is home to some of the most amazing, diverse and picturesque landscapes, so it’s no surprise that every year, millions of tourists flock to America’s national parks. While there are 59 national parks to choose from, one that shouldn’t be missed is Acadia.

This 49,000 acre park is located in Maine and was created in 1916. 100 years later in 2016, the park saw more than 3 million visitors, making it one of the most popular national parks in America. The park offers a variety of terrain, wildlife and fauna, as well as hotels and restaurants.

Still not convinced? Here are three of the best places to visit in Acadia National Park.

Cadillac Mountain

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Named after a French explorer, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest in the park, with its peak reaching 1,530 feet. If you’re a hiking enthusiast, the 3.5 mile hike to the summit offers amazing views. Alternatively, you can drive up to the top – a great option for families with young kids.

Tip: For an unforgettable experience and incredible panoramic views, get to the top for sunrise or sunset. At these times, the light rays refract off the granite resulting in hues of orange and pink, so make sure to have your camera at the ready.

Thunder Hole

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Sitting on the shoreline, thunder hole is a cave system that provides an amazing natural show. Just before high tide rolls in, the waves crash into the cave, making a sound that resembles thunder. The water enters with such force that it sprays out of a blow-hole, so make sure to wear a waterproof jacket!

Tip: Check tide times and aim to arrive just as the tide is about to change. You may have to wait around, but it’s worth the wait.

Jordan Pond

best places to visit arcadia national park

If anywhere in Acadia National Park will make you want to post snaps to Instagram, it’s Jordan Pond. The waters here are enclosed by lush green mountains to the left and right, while in the distance are the ‘bubble’ mountains, so called because they are small and round. When the water here is still it turns into a giant mirror, reflecting the rocky shore, mountains and bright blue skies.

If you visit Acadia, you definitely will not be struggling to find things to do. In addition to these three amazing places, Acadia National Park is also home to Schoodic Point and Sand Beach. To see it all, grab your camera and take a Trek America Travel tour!

Wondering when to visit Acadia National Park? Read 6 reasons why Fall is the best time to go here. 


Have you been to Acadia National Park? What’s your favorite U.S. National Park? 

One Comment

  1. Olivia says:

    Thunder Hole is along the Park Loop Road through the fee station and just past Sand Beach. There is a small parking lot with a small bathroom. Bring food and water. Not a good place unless you are fully able. Watch the kids if the water is really rough because there are waves that make parts of the area a tad dangerous. When the waves are really crashing in this place is kind of unique. Bet it’s great in a storm. Other than that it’s a nice spot to watch the water but tour buses stop so it can get crowded in summer. If it’s early AM and the tide is right I’d stop but there are other places in the park your time is better spent. I’d stay at Sand Beach and lie out or do some hiking from there.
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