Park Loop Road
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Travel guides like Frommer's and Moon Travel Guides agree that riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the best way to do a quickie tour of Acadia. It's also a great starting point for a leisurely stroll. Popular sites and trails like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff can all be reached from here. Just start your trek at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center, then snake your way around the east side of Mount Desert Island.
Public restrooms are also scattered along the loop, but with the lack of concession stands and eateries it's probably wise to pack your own lunch. Also keep in mind that for a majority of the 20 miles, the Loop's traffic goes one way, with a second lane provided for visitors to park and take in the view.
Although the Loop stays open year-round, large stretches do close for the winter season from December to mid April. Check the National Park Service's website for more details on road closures.