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Video of Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Maine
"Located in an Unusual Coastal Maine Setting Where the Ocean Meets the Mountains"

Acadia National Park from Maine Office of Tourism on Vimeo.

Article and photo (at end of article) by Eric H.

If I was stuck on an island and had one New England travel destination to bring with me, it would be Acadia National Park in Maine.

The truth is, Acadia National Park is located on an island -- Mt. Desert Island -- and what a place to be stuck! Perhaps the most pristine popular vacation destination in New England, Acadia National Park brings travel goosebumps to me every time as the ocean and its rocky classic Maine coastline meeting the mountains brings about a wonderful feeling of solitude, serenity and scenery.  And there's room for everyone to explore with plenty of elbow room -- 35,000 acres and all, including the 27-mile loop beautifully married with the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains. This is "Down East" down time at its finest.

Some people opt to seek familiar attractions in the form of shopping, indoor swimming pools or mini golf, but I'll taking in the one-of-a-kind natural settings, any day, at Acadia and other areas of Mt. Desert Island. While the perfectly fine commercial center of Bar Harbor does has a charming, appealing tree-lined downtown with oceans of interesting shops as well as seafood restaurants and nice water views, I've always been partial to the road slightly or almost completely less taken. Some personal highlights include the "middle of nowhere" splendor of Clifton Dock in the quaint neighborhood of Northeast Harbor, sitting on an Adirondack chair gazing at Jordan Pond and Bubble Rock, watching the brilliantly colored sunset at Cadillac Mountain, seeing panoramic views of the ocean from Gorham Mountain, or just enjoying the natural beauty of Sand Beach with perfectly formed hills framing the ocean and sand. More isolated examples of nature abound, with miles and miles of trails and carriage trails (by foot, bike, choose!) running alongside beautiful wildflowers, a wonderful variety of trees and some great fresh and salt water swimming.

We encourage you to set aside an hour to watch the video above (wonderfully put together by the Office of Maine Tourism). The sights, history and interviews are just priceless. We think it's a good bet you'll be wanting to visit Acadia after watching this video!

Picture of Bubble Rock, Acadia National Park, Maine

Bubble Rock at Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine (photo by Eric H.)


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