The first national park to be established east of the Mississippi River, Acadia protects one of the country’s most beautiful seacoasts: A mashup of ice-sculpted granite mountains and headlands, forested lakes and ponds, and beaches and tidepools set against the North Atlantic.
Its rugged oceanfront beauty, diverse ecology (whales, moose, wildflowers, and more), and rich lineup of outdoor activities draw more than 3 million visitors annually to this roughly 50,000-acre park. Set in Maine’s Mount Desert Island, the park occupies a portion of the mainland Schoodic Peninsula and several smaller islands and islets including Isle au Haut.
This year-round destination is among the top 10 most popular national parks in the country. With numerous things to see and do, consider the following 5 activities an introduction to Acadia National Park's scenery and ambience.