Acadia All-American Road

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  • Otter Point with Gorham, The Beehive, and Champlain Mountains

    Spectacular granite capped mountains meet the Atlantic shoreline in Acadia.

  • Historic Granite Arch Bridges are Typical on the Park Loop Road

    Between 1915 and 1933, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. built the 57 miles of carriage roads and associated bridges of Acadia. He gave more than 11,000 acres, about one-third of the park's area, to what became known as Acadia National Park.

  • A Hiker's Perfect Retreat in Acadia National Park, Maine

    Acadia's many foot trails, from lowland paths to mountain routes, suit the casual walker or the avid hiker.

  • Old Stone Bridge in Acadia

    Fine old stonework characterizes this bridge over a road in Acadia.

  • The Bubbles on Jordan Pond

    Blue waters contrast against fall hills at the Bubbles on Jordan Pond.

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  • Looking to the Schoodic

    Ocean views capture the imagination on the Acadia Byway.

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  • Visitors at an Acadia Byway Overlook

    Visitors pause in their journey to take a break, take in the scenery, and read more at this overlook.

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  • Boathouse on Jordan Pond

    Prepare for your boating experiences at this boathouse on Jordan Pond.

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  • Street in Bar Harbor

    Tourists seeking color fill the streets during the fall in Bar Harbor.

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  • A Bar Harbor Church in the Fall

    Leafless trees frame this photo of a white church in Bar Harbor.

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  • Church in Bar Harbor

    White churches dot the New England scenery, accented in autumn by brilliant maple trees.

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  • Bar Harbor Bus System

    Learn where to catch the Bar Harbor bus by studying this sign.

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  • Thompson Island Information Center

    The Thompson Island Information Center is a cluster of small, weathered wood structures with an interpretive sign in front.

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  • Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

    Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Maine occupies a jutting coastline where rocks meet towering conifers.

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  • Acadia National Park Architecture

    Fine landscaping surrounds a carriage road house in Acadia National Park.

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  • Acadia Carriage Roads

    Though originally designed for carriages, these roads allow for pleasant afternoon rides like this one.

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  • Eagle Lake

    Eagle Lake is a nice spot to begin a scenic bike ride on the carriage trails.

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  • Moose in the Maine Woods

    A mid-sized moose threads its way through damp, green woods in Trenton, Maine.

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  • Mount Desert Island View over the Narrows

    The scene from Trenton over the tidal Mount Desert Narrows of the Mount Desert Island shoreline and the Mountains of Acadia National Park exemplifies the tree-robed landscape.

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  • Sand Beach

    Waves crash against the sand in this beautiful view of Sand Beach from atop "The Beehive" in Acadia National Park.

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  • Anemone Cave

    This cave is accessible at low tide where the Schooner Head Overlook trail meets the Atlantic Ocean. There is a pink tidal pool inside where the sea anemones live.

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  • Cadillac Mountain Welcomes Sightseers

    Some travelers take in a beautiful day at Cadillac Mountain.

  • Sand Beach Along the Acadia Byway

    One of only a couple of beaches in the Acadia Region provides swimming opportunities for visitors.

  • Autumn at Eagle Lake

    Some bikers sit along the shore of Eagle Lake

  • Sculpture in Granite

    One of the many granite bridge arches on Acadia's Park Loop Road.

  • Fine Aesthetics Prevail in Acadia

    The emphasis of fine details on a simple walking path captures the visitor's attention.

  • Country Inns Along the Acadia Byway

    Numerous accommodations play host to the visitor when on Mount Desert Island.

  • Bar Harbor Village

    Interesting historic storefront architecture and beautiful views of Frenchman Bay delight all who visit this special town.

  • The Valley Tarn of Acadia

    This small mountain lake is formed from the watersheds of Champlain and Dorr Mountains.

  • Somes Sound and Norumbega Mountain

    A gorgeous aerial view of the Somes Sound and Norumbega Mountain

  • Cadillac Mountain and the Cranberry Isles

    Cadillac Mountain (Height 1532') is the highest peak on Mount Desert Island.

  • Coves and Inlets along Route 3

    Traveling Route 3 provides the visitor with so many opportunities for visually and physically experiencing the Maine coast.

  • Historic Gate House

    Two outstanding Gatehouses exist along the corridor, providing access to the carriage road network in the park.

  • Multimodal Opportunites Along the Acadia Byway

    The Park Loop Road provides the visitor with transportation options such as bicycling, walking, cross-country sking, and by automobile.

  • Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain

    A blue harbor in late September welcomes the Queen Mary 2 on her first visit to Bar Harbor, ME, while another (smaller) cruise ship waits in port.

  • Summer Fog Below Cadillac Mountain

    Summer fog blankets the distant landscape below a clear sky in this view from Cadillac Mountain.

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  • Northeast Harbor

    Villages near the park represent the variety of life-styles on the island today.

  • Crashing Surf in Acadia

    The Acadia region offers unparalleled surf and opportunities for visitors to explore the fascinating world of the tidal zone.

  • Under the Bridge

    A bike rider travels one of Acadia National Park's famed carriage roads.

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  • Fall Colors at Sommeville

    Multicolored trees and flowers reflect on the water's still surface in Sommeville.

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  • Jordan Pond and the Bubbles

    This view is taken from the Jordan Pond House where visitors can enjoy afternoon tea and popovers while taking in this magnificent view.

  • Trenton Grange Hall

    The Trenton Grange Hall is shown with a wooden sign advertising cultural events occurring within its simple, white clapboard exterior.

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  • View from the Acadia Gateway Center

    The view from the future Acadia Gateway Center offers astounding sights of Acadia National Park, including mountains, green fields, and trees.

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  • Trenton Boat and Seaplane Ramp

    An aerial view gives way to a scene taken up by the extra-wide Trenton Boat and Seaplane ramp descending into the Mount Desert Narrows.

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  • Hunting for Lobsters in Acadia

    A lobster boat makes its daily catch in the blue waters of Acadia.

  • Shaded Abbe Museum

    The walkway to the Acadia National Park's Abbe Museum is shaded by serene trees and lined with benches.

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  • Wildflowers in Acadia National Park

    Purple, pink, and yellow wildflowers grow among grass in Acadia National Park.

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  • Overlooking Frenchman Bay

    A view from Paradise Hill overlooks Frenchman Bay in the Acadia National Park.

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  • A Cottage in Eden

    A quaint white cottage makes up part of Eden Village near Bar Harbor, Maine.

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  • A Peaceful Day at Otter Creek

    Rocks line the water in serene Otter Creek, Maine on a clear day.

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  • Sunset over Salisbury Cove

    Pink clouds fill the sky during sunset over Salisbury Cove, Maine.

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  • Boats in Seal Harbor

    Sailboats scatter throughout the water in Seal Harbor at sunset.

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  • Thunder Hole Waves

    Waves crash against the rocks at Thunder Hole in Maine.

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  • Fall Colors at Upper Hadlock Pond

    Fall colors dress up Upper Hadlock Pond in the Acadia National Park.

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  • Hulls Cove, Maine

    Calm water laps against the shore of Hulls Cove, Maine.

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  • Carriage Road Bridge in Acadia National Park

    A unique feature of Acadia National Park is the 45 miles of rustic carriage roads which weave around the mountains and through the valleys of the Park. The roads were originally built between 1913 and 1940 as a gift of philanthropist John D Rockefeller, Jr., and family. Rockefeller had a selfish motive in building the roads. He was a skilled horseman and desired to travel on motor free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island, when it was still the exclusive domain of the rich and famous. The carriage roads have sweeping vistas and close up views of the landscape.

    Acadia's carriage roads are made of broken stone, commonly used throughout America a century ago. They are about 16 feet wide and made with three layers of rock, stone, culverts, wide ditches and a six to eight inch crown of crushed stone.

    The beauty of the graded roads is enhanced with stone retaining walls and numerous stone bridges which follow the contours of the land.

    Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the carriage roads, which are very popular with hikers, bicyclists, horses and horse drawn carriages.

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