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Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

You don't need to go on safari to see wild creatures up close—just head to one of these U.S. national parks.

Acadia National Park, ME

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This Maine-coast archipelago, covering some 47,500 acres, is a transitional zone, where mountains meet the sea. Accordingly, wildlife here is of both the arboreal and marine varieties: red foxes, long-tailed weasels, and beavers call the forest home; seals, porpoises, and minke and humpback whales inhabit the surrounding waters. With 338 identified bird species, Acadia is also one of the best bird-watching areas in the country; peregrine falcons, bald eagles, herons, and multitudes of seabirds are commonly seen.

Viewing Tip: Thousands of birds (including American kestrels and broad-winged hawks) pass by Cadillac Mountain during Hawk Watch season, from August to mid-October.

Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

Acadia National Park, ME

This Maine-coast archipelago, covering some 47,500 acres, is a transitional zone, where mountains meet the sea. Accordingly, wildlife here is of both the arboreal and marine varieties: red foxes, long-tailed weasels, and beavers call the forest home; seals, porpoises, and minke and humpback whales inhabit the surrounding waters. With 338 identified bird species, Acadia is also one of the best bird-watching areas in the country; peregrine falcons, bald eagles, herons, and multitudes of seabirds are commonly seen.

Viewing Tip: Thousands of birds (including American kestrels and broad-winged hawks) pass by Cadillac Mountain during Hawk Watch season, from August to mid-October.

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