A Family Affair: Vacationing in Acadia National Park

Getting to and around Acadia
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Acadia National Park, Maine
The coast of Acadia National Park, Maine (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are both a one-hour drive from the airport in Bangor and a three-hour drive from the airport in Portland. North of Portland, take I-295 North to I-95 North. In Bangor, connect to I-395 East to Route 1A. Stay on Route 1A for a little more than 20 miles and it will soon become Route 3, which will lead you onto Mount Desert Island.

Taxi service from Bangor to Bar Harbor averages $60 one-way and there’s an excellent Island Explorer bus service in town once you arrive. Separate buses lead to the campgrounds, around the 27-mile Park Loop, and to Jordan Pond. There’s even a bus especially built for carrying bicycles that lets you off at the carriage path trail around Eagle Lake.

The Park Loop can be congested in the peak months of July and August, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get to that 12:30 lunch reservation at the Jordan Pond Gatehouse. September and October, when foliage starts to turn the maples a tad crimson in the Bubbles area, is the best time of year to visit. The mosquitoes, black flies, and hum of summer traffic are gone, replaced by quiet trails.

Published: 26 Mar 2012 | Last Updated: 7 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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