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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Acadia National Park is one of the 20 most visited national parks in the United States. This park has all that you could possibly want-in terms of mountains and lakes for secluded rambling, and wildlife such as seals, beavers, puffins and bald eagles. The two main geographical features are the narrow fjord of Somes Sound, which almost splits the Mount Desert Island in two, and Cadillac Mountain. only 1530 ft high but offering tremendous views of the ocean.

The most enjoyable way to explore the park is to ride a rented bicycle around the fifty miles of gravel surfaced roads. Two Bar Harbor companies rent mountain bikes for around $16 for the whole day. Be sure to carry water, as there are very few refreshment spots inside the park. Kayaks can be rented from the National Park Outdoor Recreation Center, which also offers guided kayaking trips and downhill bike rides from the top of Mount Cadillac.

Open all year, the park has a visitor center. The park has two official campgrounds, Blackwoods and Seawall. Both are in woods, near the ocean, and have full facilities in summer. Only Blackwoods is open in winter, that too with minimal facilities. Several ranger guided programs are offered from May to October, which include walks and slide shows.

The one and only sizeable beach is a stunning sight. Simply called Sand Beach, it is a gorgeous strand bounded by twin headlands, with restrooms, a parking lot and a few short hiking trails. The more adventurous can trek up to the summit of Mount Cadillac to witness the sunrise.

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