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Day 1 in Acadia planned-Doable/Suggestions?

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Day 1 in Acadia planned-Doable/Suggestions?

Our first full day in the park will be on Thurs., July 4th. Because it's a longer day with fireworks, we thought it maybe a great day to do the following:

1) Sunrise at Cadillac @ 4:54 am

2) Hike the summit loop at Cadillac

3) Drive the 20 mile loop with photo stops

4) Bar Harbor-back by 1:30 to walk the Bar Island Trail (low tide at 2 pm)

Then quick dinner and watch the fireworks from our balcony at West Street Hotel....Harbor View room

Am I way off track? This doable? Thanks so much....feeling overwhelmed.

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1. Re: Day 1 in Acadia planned-Doable/Suggestions?

All of that is easily doable. In fact, you could do even more. If you start the Park Loop Road at 5:30 a.m., you will easily be back in Bar Harbor by 9 a.m. In fact, it might be a good idea to make a point of getting back into the village before the streets are closed off for the parade. To make this happen, it would be good to return to the Visitor's Center, along a spur of the Loop Road, and approach the village from the north end. Then you can make a left turn onto West Street and claim your hotel parking spot without encountering the parade route.

You can leave the car at your hotel and walk around the corner, up Main Street, and watch part of the parade. You could have lunch at Paddy's, the Irish pub on the ground floor of your hotel, and then walk the Bar Island Trail. That will take no more than a pleasant two hours. So you can have a nap from three until five and then have a leisurely dinner. The fireworks won't start until around 9 p.m.

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I'd spend a whole day going back and forth from SW Harbor to Ilesford. The boat leaves from a clearly marked dock BEFORE the town dock. You can buy a 10 trip pass for $75, which is half the price of 5 round trips. Ilesford is beautiful. Just being on the water on a good day is wonderful.

Anne Johnson

Potsdam, NY

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