Maine's Acadia Scenic Byway: All American Road

There's plenty of hidden wonders to explore on the craggy coast.

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Created by Roadtrippers - April 8th 2016

On a map, the Acadia Byway around Acadia National Park looks like a nonsensical maze of roads, but John D. Rockfeller and friends (who donated the land to make the park) planned it that way-- they wanted the roads to complement the gorgeous costal landscape. Take your time and soak up the scenery of Acadia with a road trip-- it's not hard to see why it was such a popular vacation destination for America's elite. And don't worry if you find yourself adrift on the byway, unsure of your location... at least there's no prettier place in the country to get lost!

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via Fire Rd

10mi 00h 18m

Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Mount Desert Oceanarium

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You can get up close and personal with the wildlife on a whale watch cruise or at the Mount Desert Oceanarium.

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0mi 00h 01m
Stewman's Lobster Pound
4.0

55 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Stewman's Lobster Pound

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0mi 00h 00m
Galyn's Restaurant
4.0

17 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Galyn's Restaurant

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3mi 00h 08m
Schooner Head Overlook/Anemone Cave
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Anemone Cave was once the headlining star of the park but in recent years it has slipped from memory. Be sure to only visit at low tide, or else you'll find the cave totally underwater!

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1mi 00h 04m
Sand Beach
4.7

Bar Harbor, ME, US

Sand Beach

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If you'd rather catch some sun, then lay out on Sand Beach.

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0mi 00h 03m
Thunder Hole
4.3

Thunder Hole Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Thunder Hole

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Don't miss Thunder Hole, but be prepared to get wet-- waves crash into this cave with a roar and can splash up to 40 feet high... the whole area is basically a giant splash zone.

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via Champlain Dr & Park Loop Rd

4mi 00h 10m
Cadillac Mountain
4.8

26 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Cadillac Mountain

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And of course, there's Acadia's Cadillac Mountain; fun fact...it's the highest East Coast peak North of Rio de Janeiro. Between October and March, it's the first place in the US to see the sun rise every morning, so check that out if you want to get a really early start on your day.

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via Park Loop Rd

6mi 00h 13m
Aurora Inn
4.5

68 Mt Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Aurora Inn

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0mi 00h 00m
Anne's White Columns Inn
4.3

57 Mt Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Anne's White Columns Inn

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0mi 00h 01m
Abbe Museum
4.0

26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME, US

Abbe Museum

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Learn about the Native American history of Maine at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor.

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0mi 00h 01m
Acadia National Park
4.7

Bar Harbor, ME, US

Acadia National Park

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18mi 00h 32m

Route 102A, Bass Harbor, ME, US

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

There's tons of history along the Acadia Byway as well. Snap some shots of the beautiful Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, walk or bike down some of the many peaceful Carriage Roads (no cars allowed!).

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