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Which is exploring mountains and sea in this marvellous state

Just recently to mark the centenary of the National Park Service, the service has been offering extra guided tours of some of its most breathtaking scenery in the wilds of Maine.

The state is perched on the USA’s north eastern tip and presents a treasure of towering rises, thick forests and mirrored lakes. It’s no wonder that many Americans make Maine’s wild jewel, Acadia National Park, their first port of call when looking for an adventure. With both the National Park Service and Acadia itself turning 100 recently, you’ve got the perfect excuse to roam New England’s sole national park. One of the best ways to do this is to join small group tour which offers an ideal way to explore Maine’s pristine wilderness, from rugged coastline to the rarefied air of its snow-dusted peaks.

Acadia

This is one of the USA’s more compact parks, however, Acadia is the setting for a big experience. A patchwork of dense woodland, rolling meadows, huge lakes and rocky cliffs decorate an archipelago that includes the vast Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and the lush Schoodic Peninsula. There are so many ways to see the park, with biking and hiking trails as well as a web of rustic carriage roads, which are closed to vehicles, snaking through its wild interior. You can walk in cedar and ash forests while seeing white-tailed deer, porcupines and even black bears.

You can even hit the Park Loop Road for a two-wheeled introduction to all that makes Acadia worth seeing. If you are seeking adventure look no further. You can climb Cadillac Mountain, East-Coast USA’s tallest peak, for a stunning panorama and an incredible spot to watch the dawn sun climb up the horizon. If you don’t like heights then how about kayaking the waters around Mount Desert Island or netting your own lunch aboard a deep sea fishing boat. All the time keeping your eyes peeled for curious local porpoises, common seals and bald eagles.

However, Acadia isn’t Maine’s only area of prime wilderness. In verdant Camden Hills State Park you can scale Mount Battie, only 238m, for vast views of the forest and Penobscot Bay’s which is sprinkled with islands. Elsewhere you will find Baxter State Park which is a lovely mix of lakes, waterfalls and peaks, best explored along hiking trails that put you alongside moose, black bears and a profusion of wild birdlife.

This has just scraped the surface of what you can find in Maine and I hope it make you want to find out what more there is to see.

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