MANY OF OUR nation’s national parks are composed of vast wildernesses filled with massive glaciers, towering peaks, and wild rivers — and few roads — that require multiple days of exploration even to scratch the surface. Fortunately for those on a time crunch, Acadia isn’t one of those parks.
Instead, much of Acadia’s craggy coastline and glacier-carved summits can be easily reached by car or with a short hike. What’s more, a critical part of the experience is simply immersing yourself in the culture of Downeast Maine, exploring the small fishing villages and harbors around the park. While multiple days would allow you to explore some of the lesser-traveled sections of the park, there is quite a bit you can accomplish in one day. Here’s what to do.