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Acadia National Park, Maine, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Acadia National Park?

You should plan to spend around $173 per day on your vacation in Acadia National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $45 on meals
  • $46 on local transportation
  • $192 on hotels

A one week trip to Acadia National Park for two people costs, on average, $2,420. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Acadia National Park cost?

A one week trip to Acadia National Park usually costs around $1,210 for one person and $2,420 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Acadia National Park on average costs around $2,420 for one person and $4,839 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Acadia National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Acadia National Park on average costs around $5,185 for one person and $10,370 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Acadia National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Acadia National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Acadia National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Acadia National Park is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Atlanta or Boone.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Acadia National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Acadia National Park?

The average Acadia National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Acadia National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $192
Local Transportation 1 $46
Food 2 $45
Entertainment 1 $33
Alcohol 2 $5 - 16
Accommodation Budget in Acadia National Park
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Acadia National Park is $96. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Acadia National Park is $192. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Acadia National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Acadia National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $46 per person, per day, on local transportation in Acadia National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Acadia National Park
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Rental Cars in Acadia National Park
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Food Budget in Acadia National Park
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  • While meal prices in Acadia National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Acadia National Park is $45 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Acadia National Park should cost around $18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Acadia National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

What did other people spend on Food in Acadia National Park?

Typical prices for Food in Acadia National Park are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Acadia National Park, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Lunch for 2

Entertainment Budget in Acadia National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Acadia National Park typically cost an average of $33 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Acadia National Park
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  • The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Acadia National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Acadia National Park on a Budget
Acadia National Park Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine
Located in the U.S. state of Maine, Acadia National Park encompasses much of Mount Desert Island, including smaller islands just off the Atlantic Coast. Once inhabited by the Wabanaki people, the region was a hub for seasonal fishing, hunting, and gathering berries, clams, and other shellfish on the coast. Acadia officially became a National Park in 1919, though it wasn't named Acadia until 1929 in honor of the former French colony.

Since then the park and its wildlife have been carefully preserved with the exception of carriage roads with granite bridges and two gate lodges which were designed under the philanthropy of John D. Rockefeller so that visitors might access the park more easily. Today the park consists of more than 47,000 acres with some 40 different species of wildlife, many native plants, and opportunities for outdoor activities.
Being a national park, some of the most notable features of the region exist in the beauty of its natural scenery. Acadia's landscape is marked by woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier-scoured granite peaks like Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States' East Coast. Any time spent in the park might lead visitors to see some of the local wildlife which consists of critters like red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, porcupine, muskrats, foxes, coyote, bobcats, and black bears. On the coastline and smaller islands, it is also common to catch sight of marine animals like whales, seals, and seabirds.

From the tallest mountain, through dense sweeping forests, to Maine's rugged coastline and the islands skirted by waves, Acadia National Park embodies a landscape teeming with natural beauty, native wildlife, and the lure for adventure.
Bar Harbor is the home base and hub of activity neighboring Acadia National Park. The streets of Bar Harbor are lined with specialty and shops and galleries, featuring handcrafted Maine items from jewelry to maple syrup, as well as the works of local artists. There is a selection of outdoor outfitters to gear you up for any adventure from hiking in Acadia to kayaking on the coast, many stores selling practical Maine clothing, and yet others that feature designer trends. Antique shops will take you on another kind of adventure, while specialty stores will reel you in with the lure of kitchen accessories, tea supplies, soaps, candles, and other quirky gifts. The town is also home to many historic buildings that still stand today, giving Bar Harbor the charm of another time and place.

Some of the most popular outdoor activities in Acadia include hiking and biking along trails or carriage roads, bird and wildlife watching, and mountain climbing. As mentioned earlier, these roads were financed by John D. Rockefeller and stretch about 57 miles. They are motor-free and are intended for the use of hikers, bikers, horse riders, and horse-drawn carriages. Some within the park are open for cross-country skiing and limited snowmobiling in the winter months.

Park Loop Road offers the easiest way to see the sights by car with many parking lots and pullover points along the way. By foot, Acadia has over 120 miles of hiking trails and paths that range from a category of very easy to strenuous. Some of the more popular hikes include Beehive Trail, Gorham Mountain Trail, Precipice Trail, and Great Head Trail. Other notable features of Acadia include Schoodic Peninsula, Thunder Hole, and Otter Cliff.
Food and Dining
While visitors are sure to find Maine's staples (clam chowder, lobster rolls, and blueberry pie) and so much more in the neighboring town of Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park does have a single gem of its own. The Jordan Pond House Restaurant sits with a view overlooking Jordan Pond and the North and South Bubble Mountains. The tradition of having tea and popovers with this view was first established in the late 1800's, though the original restaurant was rebuilt due to fire. The teahouse is open seasonally for lunch, tea, and dinner-reservations are recommended.

Burning Tree Restaurant is another popular restaurant on the outskirts of the park. A casual eatery in Otter Creek, it is a great stop for well-spice locally sourced seafood. A greater variety of cuisine can be found in Bar Harbor Bar which features anything from pub fare and farm-fresh cuisine to international flavors and fine dining al fresco.

In regards to public transportation, Island Explorer is a shuttle system that features eight bus routes linking hotels, inns, and campgrounds with destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers of Bar Harbor.

Park Loop Road is the main avenue for navigating Acadia. 27 miles long, the road begins at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center (near Route 3 on the northern side of the island) and connects the Park's lakes, mountains, forests, and rocky coast.

By air, the nearest airport is Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, located 12 miles from Bar Harbor and Acadia with a daily scheduled airline service to and from Boston. Bangor International Airport is located about 50 miles away and is serviced by Delta Air Lines, US Airways, and Allegiant Air.

By car from Boston, follow I-95 through to Bangor (exit 182-A, 395), then pick up Route 1A to Ellsworth and follow Route 3 to Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park makes up the area surrounding Bar Harbor.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.