Getting to Acadia National Park
- Drive 1 hour southeast from Bangor International Airport.
- Drive 3 hours northeast from Portland International Jetport.
Flying into Bangor will get travelers to Acadia the fastest, but if you’ve got extra time, look at flying into Portland and taking the scenic route. Drive along Route 1, where you’ll see Maine’s jagged, rocky coastline and lighthouses. If you’re driving north from Portland, stop at Camden, where you’ll see mountains meet the sea in this beautiful harbor town.
Best Times to Visit
Acadia is open year-round and is one of America’s most visited national parks. The main visitor center operates mid-April through October. The park’s busiest months are July and August, when the weather is warmer and more dependable, and the water temperatures are more enjoyable.
During the park’s peak months, travelers will find bigger crowds — and more of the Maine fog that brings a mysterious beauty to this area.
In fall, Acadia is less crowded, but thousands still flock to see the park burst into bright autumnal colors, especially during the first half of October. From December through April, snow and ice close most of the park, but parts stay open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter hiking, ice fishing and more. Before planning winter travel, visitors should check the National Park Service’s Acadia webpage to determine which parts of the park will be open.