Planning a national park vacation in the U.S.A. this summer? Be sure to actually plan!
On the East Coast, Acadia National Park in Maine will require visitors to reserve in advance between May 26 and October 19, but only if they wish to drive Cadillac Summit Road, which leads to the park's highest summit—and its splendid views (pictured).
Since many drive here to watch the sunrise, reservations in will be available starting at 3:30 am and going until 6:30 pm. Sunrise reservations have a two-hour entry period. Those who visit later in the day will have to arrive within half an hour of their reserved entry time.
Some 30% of those reservations will be available 90 days before arrival. The rest will be given away starting at 10am ET two days before arrival.
The drive is so popular that the National Park Service will issue only one reservation per vehicle per week.
Reservations are $6, and that's on top of the entry fee to the park. For complete information, click here.