Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Acadia National Park


Acadia has blueberries and blue bloods, misty islands, spruce and pine forest, craggy coastlines.

Size 47 square miles (about double Manhattan).

Crowds Most in summer and fall.

Pedigree John D. Rockefeller, Jr., an early and active patron, created the 45-mile system of horse and carriage roads using granite from a nearby quarry (cars are banned on carriage roads and granite bridges).

Rubbernecking Drive or hike 1,530-foot Cadillac, the tallest mountain on the Eastern Seaboard.

The Easy Way Drive the 27-mile (and justly famous) Park Loop Road.

The Hard Way Hike the 120 miles of trails or bike the carriage roads (207-288-3886; barharborbike.com).

Creature Feature From May through August, rangers lead peregrine watches.

Etc. acadiamagic.com

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