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Learn how to make the most of a weekend trip to Acadia National Forest – and see how the GMC Acadia All Terrain can help.

At 1,530 feet above sea level, Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak on the Eastern Seaboard — and the first place in America to see the autumn sunlight.


But a breathtaking sunrise is only the start of what the Maine park offers. Its rocky mountains, granite shorelines and pristine lakes entice you to dig deeper, to venture off life’s beaten path and explore more of nature’s bounty.


Like Acadia National Park itself, the GMC Acadia has the ability to connect adventurous souls with the unforgettable experiences they seek. From its Professional Grade capability to the comfort and advanced technology inside, the versatile midsize SUV is a great companion for exploring Acadia National Park.


An advanced All-Wheel Drive system with active twin clutch, exclusive to the Acadia All Terrain models, is tuned to tackle the off-pavement and multi-terrain environments in and around the park with confidence. And Traction Select allows you to make real-time ride adjustments as you move from the smooth city roadways of Maine to the rugged terrain and weather on the coast.


As unpredictable as the weather and roads on the Atlantic coast can be, GMC Acadia is prepared to handle both. It offers an embedded 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot1 providing a strong and reliable connection for devices, so you can keep an eye on the weather, get directions to your next hike or post a photo of the amazing scenery — even in some areas of the park where cellular service may be unreliable.


When you’re ready to explore, Acadia All Terrain easily stores your gear and equipment with two under-floor storage bins and an available Cargo Management System. And for the true adventurers, Acadia is ready to be outfitted with GMC Accessories, such as the Thule® Kayak Carrier or Bicycle Carrier, so you can explore the abundant treasures in the park or wherever your adventure leads.


Travel blogger Melissa Chen lives for the weekends, especially when she can flee the corporate world for just a day or two and head out into the great outdoors. If you’re planning a trip to Acadia National Park, here is the avid hiker’s suggestion –and the Appalachian Mountain Club guide’s recommendation -- for a memorable weekend adventure.


Friday Night



  • Wake up in time to catch the sunrise along Ocean Path during the two-mile hike between Otter Cliff and Sand Beach
  • Head to Bar Harbor, Maine, for breakfast
  • Drive to the middle of Mount Desert Island to hike Acadia Mountain
  • Drive to the Jordan Pond area (hike the South Bubble trail, if you’re up for it) to watch the sunset



  • Watch the sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain, either by driving to the peak or taking the Cadillac South Ridge hiking trail
  • Pack up your campsite (remember, leave no trace!) and head home


For more ideas and sample hikes, check out Melissa’s blog at

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