Acadia National Park just finished in the 15th spot in a survey about what local natural landmarks Americans would most like to visit.

Mainers know how special Acadia is and would probably vote it higher than 15th.

But not finishing in the top 15 is a good thing. We’re blessed. Finishing higher might have brought more attention to Acadia and therefore more people from away.

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And now that the majority of tourists have gone back to where they came from -- or will soon -- we get Acadia back to the way most prefer it ... without so many people.

FYI, admission to Acadia National Park -- and for that matter all national parks -- will be free on Saturday, September 24 for National Public Lands Day.

We’re blessed in Maine to just be driving down a road and see natural beauty in so many places.

But here are the Maine landmarks that made the list:

#15 Acadia National Park

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#112 Vaughan Woods.

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#113 Smalls Falls.

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#159 Mount Katahdin.

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#193 Ogunquit Beach.

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Here’s more from Aqua Expeditions, if you care to take a peek at what finished where, or look for a bucket list destination.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park finished Number One. It is in Tennessee on the border with North Carolina. It is beautiful, but if you are planning to go there for the solitude, know that the park has over 14 million visitors each year.

Here’s the Rest of the Top 10.

2. New York’s Niagara Falls
3. Missouri’s Elephant Rocks
4. Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park
5. California’s Redwood National and State Parks
6. Hawaii’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
7. Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay
8. Iowa's Pikes Peak State Park
9. Arizona's The Grand Canyon
10. Hawaii's Waikīkī Beach

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