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Circle the Acadia National Park Loop Road for Your Maine Trip Planning

Acadia National Park from Maine Office of Tourism on Vimeo.

Just $20 for private vehicle admission will give you access to million dollar views at the 27-mile Acadia National Park, Maine, Loop Road. What a great minimal investment for your Maine travel plans!

I first visited the Acadia National Park Loop Road in the early 1970s and, to this very day, am still in absolute awe of the spectacular, beyond scenic views of ocean, rocky shores, mountains and hills. One of those aforementioned elements is enough to provide a memorable time, but when they all come together — well, the experience is one that will stay in your mind for a long time.

Although you could do just fine by just driving the Loop Road,  the best option is to get out of your automobile to fully experience this one-of-a-kind coastal travel destination.

For starters, the refreshing salt air and the sounds of waves crashing creates a wonderful sensory soundtrack of what’s to come. At the very least, be sure to visit…

Picture of Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

Sand Beach (photo by Eric)

Sand Beach where the sand and sea are nicely nestled within the hills and rocky shore. The water is always chilly here, but the scenery absolutely heartwarming!

Thunder Hole where waves crash into a rocky inlet to create a thunderous sound.

Otter Cliff, with an elevation of 110 ft., offers amazing water views along the evergreen-filled rocky coast. What a nice place for a picnic on the rocks. If you access the rocks, be so careful as it is easy to slip. I speak from first-hand experience!

That’s just the beginning as further exploration will bring you to beautiful carriage roads featuring 17 stone-faced bridges spanning streams, waterfalls, cliffs, and roads), as well as hills and mountains to climb and pristine forests with wildlife.

Open from May to October, the Loop Road is not just for those with cars, minivans, pick-up trucks and SUVs. Motorcyclists can gain access for just $7 and for those with no vehicle, the fee is only $5. Now, that’s what we call a great cheap travel deal! For more details check out the National Park Service Acadia National Park web site.

Please keep in mind that the Loop Road fee applies to the one-way road going through the Loop Road. When the two-lane road begins (at no charge), make sure you check out destinations like beautiful Jordan Pond and the Bubble Rocks and Cadillac Mountain.

For a full appreciation of Acadia National Park — including the Loop Road — I recommend setting aside some time to watch the wonderful 60-minute video at the top of the post. Enjoy!

Related cheap travel Maine articles:
Coastal Camden Maine and Mt. Battie
Cheap places to stay in Bar Harbor

Photo essay of an Acadia National Park vacation


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