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Acadia Loop Road Where The Maine Ocean Meets The Mountains

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine (photo by Eric H.)

And now for something completely different…a New England travel destination where the ocean meet the mountains!

Very reasonable admission prices will get you into the 27-mile Acadia National Park Loop on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, featuring some of the most spectacular ocean and mountains views you’ll ever see in New England — or anywhere else, for that matter.

The 17 area mountains are like Spudd Webb or Nate Robinson (two short NBA basketball players) compared to New Hampshire and Vermont’s high peaks, but it really doesn’t matter. When you can view oceans and mountains at the same time, you somehow sense Mother Nature was at the apex of her creative, artistic streak when painting this region and making it come to life.

Scenery takes on countless memorable perspectives, too many to mention in one post. We do recommend Sand Beach for its rocky Maine coast scenic solitude and a nice stretch of sand by the chilly ocean waters (any time of year). Gorham Mountain (a short climb) features commanding ocean views, and Thunder Hole resonates with a sonic, ocean boom crashing into the rocks. The carriage road system features 17 stone-faced bridges spanning streams, waterfalls, cliffs, and roads, making it ideal for honeymooners, a place for long-time married couples to reconnect, families to appreciate nature, singles to enjoy the scenic solitude and for those that don’t like each other to possibly change their minds. Cadillac Mountain, at 1,562 ft. (highest peak on the eastern seaboard), offers wonderful sunsets and views of the unique Mt. Desert Island land and sea.

Far up the coast in Maine, this will be a long drive for many travelers but your patience will certainly be rewarded!

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK PASSES (Source: National Parks Services Web Site)

Entrance Pass – $20 June 23-early October; $10 May 1-June 22 and early October-October 31
Good for entrance into Acadia National Park for one vehicle for seven days, including the date of purchase.

Individual Entrance Pass – $5
Good for entrance into Acadia National Park for one individual (pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.) for seven days, including date of purchase.

Acadia Annual Pass – $40
Good for entrance into Acadia National Park for one vehicle for one year from date of purchase.

Book your Acadia National Park, Maine, area hotel, inn, resort, motel here

For more information on the Acadia area, please read our “Visiting Idyllic Northeast Harbor and Acadia National Park” article

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