Description - Down East would appear to be Up East to most travelers, however, the region obtains its name from prevailing winds and not geography. The vast country offers sweeping views of New Brunswick, Canada, Passamaquoddy, Cobscook Bays and more. The gorgeous Acadia National Park rests in this region and as a result is a very busy summer vacation destination. Inland areas offer a peaceful and often times wilderness experience dotted with small fishing and hunting villages
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Bunker's Harbor, Maine
- Down East is marked by coastal cliffs with slender strips of sand, mixed evergreen, deciduous trees and crashing thunderous waves. The prevailing winds blow from the southwest offering the vacationer a cool summer retreat. Wildlife refuges and public parks offers trails with vistas where one may view eagles, croons, woodcock, porpoise, moose and black bear. The highest tides in the continental United States can be viewed from this region. Whale watches are a growing attraction as well as puffin observations.
Recreation - Several state parks lie within this region and are truly a pleasure to visit. Each one offers something special set aside for future generations. However, the main attraction of this region is known as "Maine's destination," Acadia National Park. It is a wonder to behold. Thankfully, there was a generation before that had the wisdom, financial resources and generosity to set this stunning land aside for all people. Acadia National Park is a place of education, exploration, restfulness and a rejuvenation for the inner spirit. Miles of hiking trails offer solitude, fabulous coastlines offer breathtaking views, and mountain lakes offer an opportunity of unsurpassed wildlife viewing.
Climate - Visitors to the Down East / Acadia Region may expect to find daytime winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer brings southwesterly winds and temperatures averaging above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (above 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.
Down East / Acadia Region is located above Mid Coast Region along the North Atlantic Coast and stretches up along New Brunswick, Canada. The western region is joined by the Katahdin / Moosehead / Penquis Region.