Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park

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Drive the scenic route on Park Loop Road to explore Acadia National Park. Beginning at Hulls Cove visitor center, you can cruise this 43 km (27 mi) stretch for views of the park's lakes, mountains, forests, and coast. Drive carefully, as wildlife can often be spotted crossing the road. Pullover points are dotted along the road to provide safe places for you to stop and take pictures or stretch your legs. The loop continues another 5.6 km (3.5 mi) to the summit of Mount Cadillac, at 466 m (1,530 ft) high, for fantastic panoramas of the Acadian skyline. Put Park Loop Road into our Acadia National Park vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Just drive the whole loop can basically provide you a clear picture of the national park. You'll pass by all the basic points of interest to see the Thunder Hole, the Mountain, and beaches.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The 27 mile loop road (one way much of the time) is a terrific way to spend the day. You can choose to stop at Sand Beach for a hour or two, Jordan Pond is postcard perfect and has a nice flat hike ar...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I have been on mountain roads and roads around the ocean, but never both at the same time until now. There are numerous jaw-dropping views you will encounter, and there are a number of places to pull ...  more »

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Where to stay in Acadia National Park

A few campgrounds sit inside the boundaries of Acadia National Park. Camping is available in the park throughout the year, but most campgrounds are only open during summer. There are plenty of campgrounds around Mt. Desert Island, on which Acadia sits, and more located on the mainland within easy driving distance of the bridge to the island. For creature comforts, a lively atmosphere, and easy access to the park, look for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast in bustling Bar Harbor, which also has restaurants and shops. Quieter Northeast Harbor, which actually sits on the southwest corner of Mt. Desert Island, has a few quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that offer a more rustic experience than staying in Bar Harbor. If you plan to visit Acadia in summer, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
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