Acadia National Park, unique for being established through private land donations, spans 49,075 acres across several locations, including Mt. Desert Island, Isle au Haut, the Cranberry Islands, and the Schoodic Peninsula.
Despite its relatively small size, Acadia is among the most visited national parks, captivating visitors with its beauty. It boasts over 150 miles of hiking trails that wind through ancient forests and over mossy boulders, culminating in breathtaking ocean views.
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Portland, ME (PWM)
June 16-20, 23-27
July 14-18,21-25, 28-Aug 1
August 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
September 8-12,15-19, 22-28, 29- Oct 3
Hiking Acadia $3,695 per person
Lodging Extras: Single Supplement: $900
Guides will meet you at the Ocean Gateway Visitors Center on the Portland waterfront for the start of the tour. Today’s hike is Great Head, once home to the mansions of the super wealthy, the area burned during the fire of 1947. After the fire, the owners donated the land to the park and rebuilt their homes in Seal Cove. Because of the fire, the area is dominated by birch trees, not pines, which cover most of the park.
Today, you enjoy a unique ferry ride across Frenchman Bay to Winter Harbor and the Schoodic Peninsula. You will experience the dramatic power of the open ocean as it crashes along the Schoodic’s rugged shore. Today’s hike is Buck Cove Mountain; the trail will pass through forests and some high bush blueberry fields before climbing to the summit of Schoodic Head. From here, it is to see why the early explorers named the area Mount Desert.
Today, you will experience Acadia’s Carriage Roads. Conceived, financed, and built by John D. Rockefeller to help people enjoy the interior of the park, the Carriage Roads are one the highlights of Acadia. Your walk along the Carriage Roads leads you to Jordan Pond House, a great stop for a snack. The loop around Jordan Pond offers great views of the bubbles. which the ambitious can hike
The tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard between Maine and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cadillac is also the first place in the United States to see the sunrise. The reward for your efforts is the stunning views of the Schoodic Peninsula, Frenchman Bay, and Egg Rock Lighthouse. If you are having fun, you can continue hiking to one of the adjacent mountains or spend the afternoon relaxing in Bar Harbor. Tonight, a lobster feast is on tap.
We leave Bar Harbor in the morning on the way to Portland. We pause outside Camden for a hike in the Camden Hills State Park. After hiking, we enjoy lunch in a park overlooking Camden Harbor before continuing on to Portland.