What are the best places for outdoor adventure downeast and in Acadia?

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The ultimate outdoorsman’s paradise, the Acadia National Park region bears the tempting tagline “Where the mountains meet the sea.” With a population of more than 20,000 people, the nearby Bar Harbor is the biggest community on Mount Desert Island (home to much of Acadia). An ideal destination for hikers, sailing enthusiasts and leaf-peepers, the city is peppered with hotels, resorts and traditional New England inns which can serve as excellent base camps for these top adventures:

Acadia Mountain. By all accounts, it’s a strenuous hike to the top of Acadia Mountain. But once you reach the summit, you’re rewarded with dream-like views of Somes Sound, the mountains and the ocean.

Aquaterra Adventures. Chances are you’ll be interested in gliding across the waters of Bar Harbor, so we suggest you check out Aquaterra Adventures. They employ some of the best certified guides to lead sea-kayaking tours. There’s no better way to see the shorelines surrounding Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park than while paddling through the serene waters.

Atlantic Climbing School. You, too, can scale the craggy granite cliffs of Acadia National Park with the help of the experienced climbers and guides at Atlantic Climbing School. Even if you’ve never climbed a day in your life, you can join in on the fun and sign up for what they call The Climbing Experience. It’s a half-day outing with a focus on taking in the scenery and enjoying the experience (rather than learning the technicalities of rock climbing). On the flip side, there are several courses for the more experienced and those that wish to be.

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