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Best Things To Do in Acadia National Park

Whether you're hiking up Cadillac Mountain, hiding out on Sand Beach, or just driving along Park Loop Road, Acadia's attractions are all about enjoying the great outdoors. Adventurous activities are plentiful and when the season permits, leaf peeping and a wide range of winter sports are also popular. For the more leisurely traveler, natural phenomena like Otter Cliff and Thunder Hole awe as the fields by picturesque Jordan Pond provide the perfect place to spread an afternoon picnic and enjoy the simple pleasures of Maine. 

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#1
Park Loop Road
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Travel guides like Frommer's and Moon Travel Guides agree that riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the ... read more»

#2
Jordan Pond Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Both the Jordan Pond Nature Trail (an easy stroll through the evergreens) and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail (a more ... read more»

#3
Cadillac Mountain Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Standing about 1,530 feet in height, Cadillac Mountain wins a lot of superlatives. Not only is it the tallest ... read more»

#4
Sand Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sand Beach is filled with sharp shells and its water rarely warms above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, but still, this is ... read more»

#5
Carriage Roads Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Carriage Roads are a 45-mile long network of paved paths lovingly designed and funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr ... read more»

#6
Otter Cliff Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Another classic stop along the Park Loop Road, Otter Cliff is a giant 110-foot-high granite precipice with one of the ... read more»

#7
Thunder Hole Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A raucous natural phenomenon, this semi-submerged cave booms an hour or two before high tide. Waves fill the cave in ... read more»

#8
Precipice Trail Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Precipice Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park, as long as you have the guts ... read more»

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