Destination guide

A national treasure that feels tailor-made for travelers

Set mainly on Maine's Mount Desert Island and including a number of the smaller islands surrounding it, Acadia National Park consists of 47,000 acres on the Atlantic Ocean and is nothing short of a national treasure. Vacationers love the opportunity to hike up to stunning panoramic views, ride horses through picturesque forests, and scale the rocky, wind-swept coastline. After a long day of marveling at the landscape, check out the restaurants and boutiques in Bar Harbor, and the little islands near the park that feel more like friendly neighborhoods than resort towns.

Things to do

Desert Island and nice neighbors

You'd be wise to book your Acadia National Park vacation rental on Mount Desert Island for easiest access to the park, but don't forget the small-town charm that the neighboring islands can offer. Little Cranberry Island, for one, is home to the harbor town of Islesford and the Islesford Historical Museum. It pays tribute to the Cranberry Isles and their historic inhabitants, with ship models, fishing tools, and photos of island life. From spring through fall, you can see the museum and more on a boat tour of the area's scenic and historic sights.

Activities

Wilderness galore and the perfect town to explore

You came here for the park, so go ahead and explore. Most visitors appreciate the park's famous carriage paths, which were commissioned by John D. Rockefeller in 1915. The paths are closed to cars, so you can plan a peaceful hike, book a guided bike trip, or arrange for a horseback riding tour. Another can't-miss-it location is the town of Bar Harbor on Frenchman Bay. Right on the edge of the park, it has its own hiking trails with ocean views, plus great shopping and multiple fine-dining options.

Weather

You don't have to be a boyscout to "be prepared!"

Every weather pattern in the book is possible in the vicinity of your Acadia National Park vacation rental. In summer, rain is less likely and you'll see a mix of sunny and overcast days, with temps ranging from 45-90_. Winter temps can fall below freezing, and snow is a guarantee. Fall and spring bring predictably beautiful transformations _ vibrant leaves or spring buds _ and less predictable storms and temperature changes. In short, come prepared for the heat in summer and everything else the rest of the year, and you'll be care free.

Natural features

A place for every creature and every creature in its place

The landscape of Acadia National Park consists of woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier-made mountains, and that diversity is welcoming to a wide variety of creatures great and small, furry and feathered. Island life is particularly suited to the little guys like foxes, hares, and otters, but nature lovers will spot the occasional moose or bobcat. The park is heaven for birdwatchers, with everything from peregrine falcons to songbirds to sandpipers. Whale watching tours take off from Bar Harbor and take you toward whales, seals, and dolphins.

Where to stay around Acadia National Park?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,331 vacation rentals near Acadia National Park. From 418 Cabins to 704 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Acadia National Park for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Acadia National Park?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Acadia National Park. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • New England: 39,739 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Harbor: 895 vacation rentals
  • Mount Desert Island: 1,245 vacation rentals
  • Ellsworth: 1,714 vacation rentals
  • Mid-Coast: 2,184 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Acadia National Park! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Acadia National Park?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Acadia National Park:

  • Southwest Harbor: 895 rentals
  • Ellsworth: 1,714 rentals
  • Blue Hill: 1,273 rentals
  • Vinalhaven: 628 rentals
  • Deer Isle: 414 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Acadia National Park?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Acadia National Park. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bar Harbor Whale Watching: 1,284 rentals
  • Cadillac Mountain: 1,284 rentals
  • Mount Desert Island Oceanarium: 1,405 rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Museum: 1,288 rentals
  • Indian Point: 1,259 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Acadia National Park listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Acadia National Park

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