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Park Loop Road

Acadia National Park, ME
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving, Viewing wildlife
Description: A major national park in Maine where the attractions and sights are well known along the 20-mile Park Loop Road.
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Hamilton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Park Loop Road is (largely) a one way road winding through Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, ME. If you enjoy spectacular scenic views of rocky shorelines, easy short trails, and shady mountain roads, you'll enjoy this drive. It costs $20.00 for a weekly pass to get into the Park and that is the cost of the drive... More

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Minnesota
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91 reviews 91 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I ended up driving around twice in one day. First time I missed a few things that I made sure I took care of the second time around. I went a Saturday in August. Probably the worst time for crowds. And it was terrible. Parking was limited. There are signs before you enter the park telling you such and recommending... More

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Bay Area Houston, Texas
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164 reviews 164 reviews
99 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This is the full loop road around the park and it is perfect. Hitting all the major attractions in Acadia, it provides the best self-guided way to see the park.

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westchester, NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

the loop takes about a half hour and you can stop along the way and walk the trails, visit the points of interest and even ride your bike on the carriage roads. We also did the loop on a cloudy/rainy day and it was just as much fun.

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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We were advised to take the park loop road the first day and explore further based on our stop and go experience - we stopped whenever we saw cars and several times when something else interesting caught our eyes. It was a great way to build excitement for the week ahead and really decide what everyone wanted to do.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Relaxing, scenic drive. Plenty of places to pull over and view the sights along the coastline. Favorite section runs along the east coast of the island. Specifically stopping points at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and the Otter Cliffs.

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New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The park loop road takes you to all the main sites in Acadia. It's a good start to your trip and an easy drive. You can also take a bus from the visitor center.

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Montreal, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited in August and the traffic on the Park Loop was not too bad. This leisurely road is one way for most of it's length and you are allowed to park in the right lane in most areas. I recommend finding a nice spot along the east coast of the island and taking at least an hour to walk... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

You can even do this in the rain. The two days we were there, it rained on and off. We did this loop both days in our car and were amazed that it was raining hard in one area and totally dry when you would round the corner. My point is that if it rains, don't let it ruin your... More

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Sydney, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I'm a big national park visitor and I loved Acadia! It's rugged, scenic and very peaceful. This loop road is a great way to see the park. You can hop on the bus or go your own pace and explore in the car. I loved spending the day climbing on rocks to get great pictures. The views from every corner... More

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