Acadia National Park can be found on Mount Desert Island, just off the coast of the New England state of Maine, in north-eastern USA. A popular holiday destination amongst nature lovers and those wishing to enjoy the natural attractions of the ‘Great Outdoors’, the park attracts a large number of local and inter-state tourists throughout the year. To cater for this steady influx of visitors, UK tourists looking to spend their holidays in Acadia will find that there is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available here, mainly in the form of log cabins, as well as apartments in the region’s largest settlement, Bar Harbor.
As the name suggests, Acadia National Park boasts all the attributes to draw visitors looking to enjoy outdoor activities, when the weather permits. The park’s miles of carriage roads provide the ideal conditions for cyclists and walkers to take in its stunning scenery and marvel at the breath-taking views of the surrounding islands and Somes Sound, which is often referred to as being the East Coast’s only fjord. The surrounding waters and lakes are also popular amongst water sports enthusiasts, where such activities as pleasure boat cruising, kayaking, jet skiing and windsurfing can be enjoyed. The park is also home to over 40 species of mammalian wildlife, allowing animal lovers the opportunity to observe such indigenous mammals as moose, beaver, porcupine and chipmunks at close quarters.
Many visitors spending their holidays in Acadia National Park will spend some time in Mount Desert Island’s largest town, Bar Harbor. This popular cruise-ship port was founded in the late 18th century and boasts numerous historical landmarks and buildings which reflect the town’s long and interesting past. The historic harbour side area is lined with quaint antique shops, cafés and restaurants; whilst the nearby Sand Beach is a popular destination for those visitors looking to relax with a picnic before swimming in the clear waters of Frenchman Bay.
Visitors spending their holidays in Acadia National Park will find that this part of Maine has a typically cool, temperate climate. Summers can be warm, with temperatures averaging around 28 degrees Celsius, whilst winters are much colder, with temperatures averaging around 5 degrees Celsius. Much of the region’s average annual precipitation of 40 inches will fall as snow in the winter months.
UK tourists looking to spend their holidays in Acadia National Park will first fly to either Philadelphia (PHL) or New York (JFK) airports. They will then take a connecting flight to nearby Bangor International Airport (BGR) with US Airways Express or Delta Connection. Flights leave the UK from London Heathrow (LHR).