Maine may be known for its brutal winters, but in summer the state offers perfect temperatures for recreational vehicle owners who have a love of the outdoors. The Pine Tree state has many parks and ample coastline, but few areas in the region can rival the beauty and adventure of Acadia National Park.
Located in the famous Downeast region of Maine, Acadia is close to the state's rugged coastline. The park offers large swathes of forest, several mountains and countless miles of hiking trails. Additionally, there are many RV parks nearby, making it easy for those traveling in the Northeast to park and camp for a day, a week or a month.
Upon arrival, travelers can get a good overview of the park at the centrally located visitor's center. From there, they may want to set out on the Park Loop Road, a 20-mile journey that takes RVers through the park's three main offerings – coastline, mountains and forest. If it's a particularly sunny beach, feel free to stretch out and catch some rays while taking in a view of the uninterrupted natural coast.
If you've been on the road for a while, then it may be nice to get out of your RV for a bit and stretch your wings. There are companies nearby the park that offer scenic flights over the mountainous region, allowing visitors to get a bird's eye view of one of the oldest state parks in the Eastern U.S. Additionally, those who have a love of marine life can take guided boat tours on the open sea and learn about the ecology of Maine's vibrant marine life.
Cadillac Mountain, located within the park, is the highest point along the Eastern Seaboard at 1,532 feet, according to AcadiaMagic.com. A special note for early birds – this mountain is the reason why Maine is known as the "Nation's First Light." From atop Cadillac, hikers will be the first people in the U.S. to see the sunrise, as it is the highest Easternmost point in the United States.
RVers who have had their fill of the wilds of Maine can drive their RV to Bar Harbor, where there are a number of recreational vehicle parks. This idyllic seaside town is perfect for visitors who want the true Maine experience. The area offers a number of restaurants and hot spots where travelers can try out Maine lobster and local ales.