Acadia National Park, ME, USA

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Acadia National Park, ME, USA

Acadia National Park vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.