As the only national park in New England, this Maine destination packs a bunch with 35,000 acres of pristine land, clean waters and clear air. Gather the kids and take a kayak to one of the park's many ponds, or take a hike through Acadia's 33 miles of trails on foot, bike or horseback. Rolling hills, mountains and a rocky coastline make this national park a must see.
Where: Bar Harbor and beyond
This is the New England coast as you'd traditionally think of it. Visit Birch Point and all of its outdoor splendor — sandy beaches make it the perfect setting for a family picnic or water play. More than a dozen lighthouses line the coast of this state park where you can spot lobster boats catching delicious, famous Maine lobster.
Where: Owl's Head
This is the perfect destination for a family of hikers who enjoys scaling Maine's trails, then stopping off to enjoy modern amenities like the on-site playground. Throw on those hiking boots for the most difficult trails, or take the kids along one of the easy going routes. 800 acres are available to explore.
Looking to scale a mountain? You can at Baxter State Park. Whether you want to walk up during a hike or climb up the hard way on rocky mountains, Baxter offers stunning summit views — the likeness of which you can't find anywhere else in the U.S. Rent a small boat or kayak to explore one of the many ponds, or just take a dip in the water.
If you're traveling near Maine's mid-coast region, stop by Camden Hills State Park for a little bird watching, where sightings of eagles, herons and more are common. 25 miles of trails await hikers and bikers alike, all among the moderate Maine summer temperatures.
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