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Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, one of the smaller national parks in the US, is a mere 47,000 acres, comprised of Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula, yet its striking scenery and diverse resources have attracted people for thousands of years. Its earliest inhabitants were Native Americans followed by the French and English.  Founded in 1916, it was first named Sieur de Monts National Monument and in 1919, its name was changed to Lafayette National Park. It wasn’t until 1929 the Schoodic Peninsula became part of the national park and it became the popular Acadia we know today. 

Majestic Acadia National Park

Majestic Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Discover Acadia National Park

Discover Acadia National Park

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Visiting Acadia National Park

During a guided tour of Acadia National Park, learn about its history and discover its diverse natural features and ecosystems including beaches, coasts and shorelines, forests, geologic formations, lakes and ponds, wetlands, marshes and swamps, all teeming with wildlife. Visitor centers, located throughout Acadia Park, carry visitor information, sell gifts and keepsakes and food and drinks.

 

Guided Tour of Acadia National Park

 

Discover the diversity of Acadia National Park during a two and a half hour guided tour. Stops at major points of interest including Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole and either Sieur De Monts Spring OR the Jordan Pond House last approximately 15 to 20 minutes and provide an opportunity to stretch, take in the fresh air, explore the area and capture the beauty of Acadia National Park on camera.

 

Cadillac Mountain

 

Named after the French explorer and adventurer, Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac in 1918, Cadillac Mountain is located on Mount Desert Island within Acadia National Park.  It’s the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view the sunrise in the United States from October seventh through March sixth. Explore surroundings of pink granite, topped with spruce and pitch pine forests, tiny sub alpine plants, short gnarled trees, wild blueberries and boulders of all shapes and sizes.  From Cadillac Mountain you can enjoy breathtaking views of Eagle Lake, Bar Harbour and the Schoodic Peninsula.

 

Shop the Cadillac Mountain Eco Store

 

Located on Cadillac Mountain is the Cadillac Mountain Eco Store. Shop t-shirts made from organic cotton and recycled milk jugs, jewellery crafted from reclaimed sea glass, ornaments built from salvaged wood and postcards and notecards made from recycled paper. Cold and hot beverages and snacks are also available for purchase from the Cadillac Mountain Eco Store.

 

Thunder Hole

 

Spectacular sights, sounds and smells await you at Thunder Hole. Take in views of Otter Cliff to the south, the Schoodic Peninsula in the distance and Sand Beach and Great Head to the north. The main attraction of this oceanside stop is the Thunder Hole, a natural rock inlet where waves crash with a thunderous boom and foamy water spouts up to 40 feet in the air when the tide is in.   Depending on the season, the sweet aroma of large groupings of wild roses will greet you as you step off the bus to explore this location.

The Shop at Thunder Hole

A small shop at Thunder Hole sells a selection of t-shirts, caps, postcards, and other souvenirs unique to the attraction and food and drinks.

 

Sieur De Monts Spring

 

Sieur De Monts Spring was built by George B. Dorr, a major contributor to Acadia Park with a vision and passion to preserve and protect the park’s natural beauty. Discover the history of Sieur De Monts Spring and the role it played in the conception and creation of Acadia National Park.

Jordan Pond House

The Jordan Pond is a unique glacier formed tarn. It has a maximum water depth of 150 feet and is known for being exceptionally clear with an average visibility depth of 46 feet. Visit the Jordan Pond House for spectacular views of the pond and surrounding mountains. Inside you will find the Jordan Pond Shop, carrying books, gifts, housewares and Maine made products. On the second floor of the gift shop, hot and cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. 

Travel Tips

-          Restrooms are available at each stop.

 

-          Don’t forget your camera to capture the nature and wildlife of Acadia National Park. 

 

-          Whether you stop at Sieur De Monts Spring or The Jordan Pond House is dependent on the season.