Obamas to Spend Weekend at Acadia National Park

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July 13, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Waves hitting the shore at Acadia National Park.

President Obama and the first family are planning a short vacation in Maine this weekend, traveling Down East on Friday for three days on Mt. Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine.

The Obamas will arrive Friday and stay through Sunday, Pingree said in a statement reported by the Boston Globe.

“What an honor that the Obama family has chosen Maine for vacation when they could have gone anywhere in the country," said Pingree. "Those of us lucky enough to live here know it’s the most beautiful place in the world and I’m glad we can share it with the first family.”

The Obamas have no public appearances scheduled during their weekend.

Mt. Desert Island, about a six-hour drive from Boston, includes the upscale seaside vacation town of Bar Harbor, not far from the foot of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak in Acadia National Park. The 30,000-acre park is crisscrossed with hiking trails and "carriage roads" paved with crushed stone, built by the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr.

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