The history of the park
Acadia National Park is a national park located in Maine. The park was originally established as Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, and it was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that made Sieur de Monts National Monument the country’s first national park east of the Mississippi River. The park was named after Pierre du Gua de Monts, who founded Fort Pentagoet at present-day Castine in 1604. The monument was created to preserve the area’s natural beauty for future generations, and it was also intended to commemorate America’s participation in World War I.
In 1919, Congress renamed the monument Lafayette National Park after Marquis de Lafayette, an important French general who helped General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. After this name change, construction began on new roads and buildings within the park boundaries. In 1933, Acadia became a national park when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation authorizing its expansion into much larger territory than before; however, this legislation did not include any funding for these new projects or areas added by other legislation passed by Congress earlier that same year (including Isle au Haut).
Getting to Acadia from Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The island is bordered by Bar Harbor to the east and Northeast Harbor to the west.
It’s easiest to get to Acadia from Bar Harbor if you take Route 3 to the north and then follow Route 102 into the park. There are several different routes into Acadia, but keep in mind that no matter which one you choose, it will add quite a bit of time on to your trip.
Once you’re inside the park, there are many ways to get around. You can drive yourself or hire a taxi or shuttle service to drive you around; there are also buses that travel through Acadia National Park.
Things to do in Acadia
Acadia National Park is a beautiful place to visit, with lots of things to do.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Wander the trails
2. Visit the Jordan Pond House for lunch or dinner
3. Hike around the carriage roads, which are closed to cars!
4. Take a boat tour around the park’s lakes and ponds
5. Swim at Sand Beach or Echo Lake (if it’s warm enough!)