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Along Park Loop Road picture in Acadia National Park
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Price & Hours

  • $25 per car; $12 per pedestrian to enter park
  • 24/7 daily; some portions closed in winter

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  • Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.6
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  • Value
    4.5
  • Facilities
    3.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

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Park visitors agree: riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the best way to do a quick tour of Acadia (and makes a strong case for renting a car). 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 near Wildwood Stables. Recent travelers also recommended starting your drive early in the morning, as the road tends to get congested with tourists as the day goes on, especially in the busy summer months. Some reviewers also said that cell service was spotty, so make sure you pick up a map at the visitors center before you start your drive in case your GPS cuts out along the way.

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.

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Bar Harbor Motel

Bar Harbor Motel ...

  • 1.0 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
Acadia Inn

Acadia Inn ...

  • 1.4 Miles Away
  • 2.5-star Hotel Class
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#1 Cadillac Mountain Standing about 1,530 feet in height, Cadillac Mountain wins a lot of superlatives. Not only is it the tallest mountain in the park, but it's the tallest mountain ... Read more » Kristi rugg / National Park Service

#2 Park Loop Road Park visitors agree: riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the best way to do a quick tour of Acadia (and makes a strong case for renting a car ... Read more » www.cfwphotography.com / Getty Images

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#6 Carriage Roads The Carriage Roads are a 57-mile long network of paved paths created and funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940. Over the course of the 27-year project ... Read more » S. Greg Panosian / Getty Images

#7 Otter Cliff Another classic stop along the Park Loop Road, Otter Cliff is a giant 110-foot-high granite precipice with one of the most breathtaking ocean views on the East Coast. Be careful ... Read more » Robbie Shade / Flickr

#8 Thunder Hole A raucous natural phenomenon, this semi-submerged cave booms an hour or two before high tide. Waves fill the cave in such a way that the slapping is as loud as ... Read more » A. J. Whitney / Getty Images

#9 Precipice Trail The Precipice Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park, as long as you have the guts to attempt it. The challenging, 2-mile round-trip path has visitors ... Read more » Dawn McClennen / Getty Images

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Cadillac Mountain is just one of more than 20 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  Kristi rugg / National Park Service

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Precipice Trail is one of Acadia's most challenging routes, with lofty handrails and narrow steps.  Dawn McClennen / Getty Images

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