As the only National Park in Maine – and New England – distinction comes naturally to Acadia National Park. Comprised of more than 35,000 acres of pristine land on Mount Desert island, Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia captures the essence of Maine’s rocky coastline, its gently rolling mountains, and its thriving forests, ponds, marshlands, fields and marshlands. Acadia also offers unmatched wildlife diversity, with countless ecosystems playing host to everything from mollusks and mammals to raptors and reptiles. For vigilant visitors, it’s impossible to visit without crossing paths with a wide variety of wildlife in its natural habitat.

But Acadia’s appeal doesn’t stop with its natural splendor. Home to Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Seal Cove and Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island – which contains the largest share of the Park’s acreage – offers a variety of manmade attractions. The Park’s well-known carriage paths, commissioned by John D. Rockefeller in 1915 and constructed over the course of nearly 20 years, provide more than 33 miles of easy, peaceful exploration by foot, bicycle and horseback – free from cars, crowds and other everyday distractions.

Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor add a touch of eclectic, unhurried civilization. From fine restaurants, museums and galleries to shopping boutiques and refined lodging, there are diversions to suit every traveler – and make each and every visit memorable.

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