Acadia National Park has been selected as the favorite place in the United States for people to visit, according to a poll conducted by ABC Television’s “Good Morning America” show.
Viewers who participated in the contest “America’s Favorite Place” chose Acadia over four other finalists.
Those finalists included: Lake Tahoe, the Chicago Lakefront, Gulf Shores, a city in Alabama and Glacier National Park in Montana. Voting took place on the program’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Gov. Paul LePage said the contest means that a special place in Maine will now receive worldwide recognition. For the week of July 14, “Good Morning America” was the top rated morning news show with more than 4.8 million viewers.
“The entire world is seeing what we sometimes take for granted,” LePage said, in a statement. “Maine is one of America’s favorite places and Acadia is one of our crown jewels.”
The Governor’s Office said that Acadia is visited by more than 2 million people a year. The park features 50,000 acres of woods and trails, and miles of rugged coastline. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the eastern seaboard at 1,530 feet. There are also 45 miles of carriage trails in the park.