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Acadia: The Complete Guide: Mt. Desert Island & Acadia National Park Paperback – May, 2005

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About the Author

James Kaiser is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and the author of Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide, Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide and Yosemite: The Complete Guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Destination Press (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967890438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967890432
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Kaiser is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. He has written guidebooks to Costa Rica, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Acadia National Park.

After finishing college in 1999, Kaiser went back to Maine, where he was born and raised, and wrote "Acadia: The Complete Guide." Filled with beautiful color photos, it quickly became the bestselling guidebook to Acadia National Park. He followed up this success with guidebooks to Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. His book "Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide" won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Full-Color Travel Guide and the Independent Publisher Award for Best Travel Guide.

In 2013 Kaiser published his first international guidebook, "Costa Rica: The Complete Guide." With an emphasis on ecotourism, it explores the country's incredible outdoor adventures, natural landscapes and wildlife.

To date James Kaiser has sold over 140,000 travel guides.

See more of his work at jameskaiser.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Kreitler on September 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Terrific book! We visited Acadia for the first time this year. The author's descriptions are excellent, but most important his recommendations (on restaurants, things to do, which hikes to make, etc) are excellent. He gives clues on where to go for those seeking to avoid the crowds, and he also describes the 'must-do' tourist things on Acadia. Of the various guides we brought with us on our Maine trip, this was hands down the most useful.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Swartz on August 14, 2005
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The pictures and descriptions were excellent. My husband and I made a trip to Acadia last September, and I wish I had this guide while we were there. I sent copies to my mother and mother-in-law, and though they are unable to make the trip, they really enjoyed reading about the history of Bar Harbor and the descriptions of the park. The pictures depicted the beautiful scenary in the park, and anyone lucky enough to visit the area should take this book with them as a reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fritzinger on March 26, 2008
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I really enjoyed this travel book. We're heading to Acadia National Park this summer and I feel like I'm well equipped to make good use of our time. I particularly liked James' style ... young, smart, no BS. I'm taking him up on some of his off-the-beaten-path recommendations. I feel like I've gotten the inside scoop from a local down at the corner diner. Keep up the good work Jim. I'll look for your book when we get around to heading out west.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Soaring Spirit on April 22, 2007
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I have many travel guides to beautiful places around the United States, but this book is the best I have seen. The photos are stunning, and there is just the right amount of information for a first time traveler to the area. I am really happy that I chose this as my guide to Acadia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2007
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Especially for the first time visitors, this book is great. Lots of usefull tips and suggestions on a variety of topics. From scenic views to great food and easy routes around, this book has it all.

Thanks and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on July 30, 2008
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I've been visiting Acadia for years, so most of what is in this book is not a surprise for me, but it does include info on a few things I haven't done. Does a good job at giving an overview of the park and the towns located on the island. I have James Kaiser's book on Joshua Tree (which is what inspired me to get this despite the fact that I could probably write my own guidebook on Acadia with little effort), and they're both really quality guidebooks, and the perfect size to throw in your backpack and carry around for the day, yet manage to have a lot of info in them. They both include good descriptions of the most popular hikes and attractions in the park, as well as historical and ecological information which I find is great to really appreciate a place. They're also filled with lots of amazing full color photos, which is great. I highly recommend this book and hope that the author publishes more guidebooks on other national parks as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on July 29, 2009
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My husband, mother, three young children and I recently spent a week in Bar Harbor and we used this book for everything. The wonderful pictures and history of the area get you excited for the trip, and the great information packed inside makes sure that your visit is a great one! This was a big trip for us, and I bought no less than four guidebooks to make sure I had all the information we needed. This is the only one I took with me to Maine and we used it every day! One of the best guidebooks I've ever purchased.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Hamel on September 17, 2005
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James Kaiser has written an infromative, plus colorfully photographed book. I read this book prior to traveling to Acadia for a bike tour for additional information. Very good! Even managed a few of the recommended hikes after biking.
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