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Acadia

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the coastal islands that became the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Acadia is home to many plants and animals that are native to northern humid continental forests as well as the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or delight in the scenery that is little changed since the French explorer Samuel de Champlain sailed past it in 1604. (Source: National Park Service)

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