Acadia National Park

32° - January
33° - February
41° - March
52° - April
64° - May
72° - June
77° - July
76° - August
68° - September
58° - October
48° - November
37° - December
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Acadia National Park is one of America's often over-looked little gems nestled in the Atlantic, just off the coast of Maine. A natural wonderland, Acadia is home to 273 bird species, countless animals, and beautiful floral landscapes. Each season offers different climates, all of which are uniquely beautiful. Ladies, you'll want to leave your heels behind and men, pack your bags full of your toughest hiking gear, because the camping and hiking at Acadia is unparalleled. Exploration in Acadia is not for the faint of heart. It's a true backcountry with extreme bicycling, ocean and freshwater fishing, glacier-carved paddling and kayak lakes.
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Natural Beauty on the Maine Coast

The crowds may be Acadia's undoing, and since many things (including the highest peak on the island) are accessible by car, the traffic and sheer number of people can often take away from the natural beauty of the place. That said, a visit slightly off peak season (May & June, September and even with the second round of tourists for leaf peeping in October), is the best time to visit. Bring a bike and hit the miles and miles of carriage trails throughout the park, or hike one of the mountains not reached by car, and you'll find a place you'll come back to again and again.
FYI: the national park campgrounds are great, but there are others outside the park limits - both on the island and on the mainland that may give you a little more privacy.
And don't forget to buy a pack of thunder hole beer! Perfect for sipping while exploring, well, Thunder Hole.

Acadia Air Tours on the Bar Harbor Road

The scenic plane rides will allow you to experience shear exhilaration as you soar above Cadillac Mountain, the sea, the islands, the beaches, the only fjord on the East coast, the lighthouses, the coastline and the villages -- you can get a birds eye view over it all.
Cost: $60 and up
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Acadian Nature Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely, informative and spectacular 2 hour nature cruise aboard the Bay King. You will see the most breathtaking part of New England's rugged coast and will learn so many interesting things about this spectacular part of New England from naturalist tour guides.
Cost: $29 and up. Discounts available for children and seniors. $5 off coupon available on website.
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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Cruise

Enjoy a 3-31/2 hour cruise aboard the Whale Watch catamaran that heads straight to where the whales live and play. See humpback, finback and Minke whales.
Cost: $59 Per adult. Discounts available for seniors and children
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Bar Harbor Airport [BHB]