In the northeasternmost reaches of the country lies one of her most visited attractions and beautiful places in the U.S.: Acadia National Park. Known as the “Crown Jewel of the Atlantic Coast,” this scenic wonder in Maine boasts caves and peaks, coastline and forests, and historic and current events. From lighthouses to carriage roads, from puffins to whales, from strenuous hikes to bus tours, Acadia National Park is fully prepared to provide an unforgettable experience to all who journey through this breathtaking corner of the nation — including one of the most amazing national park hotels in the US.

General Information:

Accessibility: The park offers many wheelchair-accessible options, including multiple visitor centers, museums, restaurants, shops, beaches, trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas. Accommodations for those with all levels of hearing loss or low vision are also available. Service animals are welcome but must remain leashed at all times.

Pet Friendly: Pets are permitted only on certain trails and in certain campgrounds in Acadia, provided they are kept on a leash of 6 feet or less in length.

Parking: Parking is free with a park pass and plentiful throughout the park. Buses and RVs are limited to certain routes through the park. Don’t pass up the opportunity to road trip through Acadia, one of the best road trips in the USA.

Seasonal Access: Acadia is fully operational from April 15 to October 31. During the winter season, from November 1 to April 14, the park remains open but with limited hours and services.

Cost: From May through October, a park pass is required for entrance into Acadia. Park passes vary in price, but a 7-day pass for a private vehicle with up to 15 passengers who do not qualify for any discounts costs $30.

For more information on how to plan a trip to visit this stunning Atlantic Coast gem, visit the National Park Service’s website here.

And if you need a place to stay that’s conveniently located to Acadia National Park so you can explore the park at your leisure, consider Terramor Camping Resort in Bar Harbor, which offers luxurious glamping accommodations perfectly suited to this bucket list adventure.

Free Entrance Days: Throughout the year, the National Park Service offers a handful of admission-free days. These are excellent times to visit Acadia National Park, although, with fees waived, the park is likely to be busier. Some of the free entrance days include the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 16th), the first day of National Park Week in April, the Anniversary of the Great Outdoors Act (August 4th), National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day. For more information, be sure to visit the official National Park Service.

Restrooms: You’ll find bathrooms at the visitor center. Also, there are a handful of vault toilets located throughout the park, primarily at campsites and picnic areas.

For a breathtaking view of Acadia National Park, be sure to watch the following video. You’ll undoubtedly be inspired to plan your trip!


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Now that you've learned about Acadia National Park, the crown jewel of Maine, it's time to take a closer look at Maine's state parks. State parks are an incredible resource, offering beautiful hiking trails, historic sites, and the promise of all kinds of outdoor adventures. Below you'll find a list of some of the best state parks in Maine:

  • Peaks-Kenny State Park, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Baxter State Park, Millinocket
  • Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle
  • Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec
  • Lamoine State Park, Lamoine
  • Camden Hills State Park, Camden
  • Fort Knox State Park, Prospect
  • Reid State Park, Georgetown
  • Moose Point State Park, Searsport
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal
  • Sebago Lake State Park, Casco
  • Fort McClary State Park, Kittery Point


Whether you're looking to go camping, go on a hike, or perhaps just a picnic, you'll discover that the perfect Maine state park isn't too far away!

What are the best places to go camping in Maine?

Camping in Maine is definitely an adventure waiting to happen. The state is filled with an impressive variety of campsites, ranging from coastal sites to wooded sites and just about everything in between. Here's a list of some of the best campsites in Maine:

  • Sebago Lake State Park, Casco
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal
  • Natanis Point Campground, Coburn Gore
  • Cobscook Bay State Park, Dennysville
  • Backcountry Camping at Baxter State Park
  • Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle
  • Lily Bay State Park, Beaver Cove
  • Warren Island State Park, Penobscot Bay
  • Camden Hills State Park, Camden
  • Lake St. George State Park, Liberty
  • Mount Blue State Park, Weld
  • Rangeley Lake State Park, Franklin County
  • Hermit Island, Phippsburg


All of the above Maine campgrounds belong on your bucket list!