What should I do when visiting Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine: Spectacular coastal scenery

getting there
by car
From Boston, I-95 runs north to Augusta, Maine. Continue on Route 3 East to Ellsworth on Mount Desert Island.
Alternatively, travel north on I-95 to Bangor, Maine. Then continue on Route 1A East to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island.

by plane
There are direct flights from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) to Hancock County Airport, which is 10 miles (10 miles) from Acadia National Park. National airlines also fly to Bangor International Airport (BGR), the drive from the airport to the park takes about an hour. Rental cars are available at both airports.

by bus
There are regular bus connections (Greyhound, Concord Coach Lines) from Boston to Bangor.

Opening times and seasons
The park is open from May 1st to October 31st. open. Park Loop Road is closed from December to mid-April.

Visitor centers
The Hulls Cove Visitor Center is from 19.05.-30.09. open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from October 1st to October 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From November 1st to April 15th it is closed.
The Thompson Island Information Center is open from mid-May to mid-October, with varying opening times.
The Village Green Information Center opens from 23.06. to Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The best place to start your visit is at the Visitor Center in Hulls. You will receive information about things to see and do in Acadia Park. The park newspaper Beaver Log contains the data of the events led by the rangers trained in natural history. From mid-June to mid-October, the program includes short and longer hikes, boat trips and usually lectures and presentations in the evenings at the campsites. The center also publishes its own weather report.

Entrance fees
USD 30 for a private, non-commercial vehicle with up to 15 occupants. USD 25 for a motorcycle with a passenger. USD 15 for hikers, cyclists or pedestrians. Admission is valid for 7 days.

America the Beautiful Annual Pass
TheAnnual passcosts USD 80 and allows you to visit over 2,000 federal recreation areas and national parks for one year from the date of purchase. The entry fee applies to the driver and all passengers of a private, non-commercial vehicle (or up to a maximum of 4 adults if entry fees are charged per person). Children under 16 are free. When you visit more than 4 national parks, it is usually worth buying the America the Beautiful Annual Pass.
The passport can be purchased in many stores in the United States and is also available in advance from various tour operators.

Several campsites are available: Blackwoods Campground (open all year round), Seawall Campground (open late May to September), Duck Harbor Campground (Isle au Haut, open May 15-15, a permit is required).

The weather in Acadia National Park is largely influenced by the sea. Rain is possible at any time all year round. In winter, an average of up to 1.5 m of snow falls. Due to the influence of the sea with alternating frost and dew, there is no large amount of snow.

Fog is possible and temperatures range from -1 ° C to 21 ° C. Flies and mosquitoes are common in late May and June and can be a nuisance. Light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers are recommended for protection.

The summer day temperatures are between 16 ° and 29 ° C. The evenings are cooler. Clothing in layers is advisable for all boating and hiking. The sea water temperatures range from 10 ° to 16 ° C, in the lakes they are between 13 ° and 22 ° C.

In autumn, temperatures can reach up to 22 ° C during the day, and it can freeze at night. All types of weather are possible: sun, fog, downpours to snow showers. The discoloration of the leaves (“Indian Summer”) takes place during the first few weeks of October.

Due to its location on the coast, snow and weather conditions change very quickly. The temperatures fluctuate between -1 ° and -10 ° C.