Acadia National Park—which comprises more than 35,000 acres of land on Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula—is the only national park in Maine. At Acadia, you can see all of the state's quintessential natural features in one place, including its rocky coastline, mountains, forests, ponds, marshlands and fields. You can also see the diversity of the state's native species, ranging from mollusks and mammals to raptors and reptiles. You and your family can watch for whales, seals, moose, foxes, peregrine falcons, herons, salamanders and toads as you explore the park.
Mount Desert Island—home to Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Seal Cove and Northeast Harbor—contains the largest share of the park’s acreage. You can follow the park's famous carriage paths, commissioned by John D. Rockefeller in 1915, to explore the island. Whether you travel by foot, bicycle or horseback, you can explore the park's interior free from cars and crowds along these roads. Once you have completed your outdoor adventure, you can find shopping, dining and lodging options in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Northeast Harbor.