In recent years Bangor has become a gateway to Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park and the Moosehead Lake region of Maine. Many visitors overnight in Bangor and make day trips downeast and inland. BookMarcs Bookstore carries a full range of guides and maps to many of the recreational areas within an hour or two of Bangor.
Acadia National Park provides opportunities for every kind of outdoor activity. There is a sand beach with ocean water so cold its like a dare; granite outcroppings for the climber; and almost two hundred miles of paths for the hiker, mountain biker, and horseback rider. Sea kayaks can be rented and whale-spotting trips arranged. Villages like Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor provide many shopping opportunities. For gardeners there are the magnificent Asticou Azalea and Thuya gardens. To get the most out of a short visit a plan is required, and BookMarcs recommends you consult one of books listed below.