Acadia National Park
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
Acadia National Park is a jewel on the coast of Maine. There are a number of incredibly picturesque areas in the park proper, with well maintained carriage roads to walk and bike. The nearby seaside village has lots of excellent restaurants, pubs, shops and other places to explore. If you can manage a trip in the fall, be prepared for some of the most breathtaking color you've ever seen. Residents are outgoing and helpful, as are the staff at all the different places to see and shop. It is quintessentially New England in so many ways.
Beautiful park. Accessible in early Winter. I would recommend trying to be there around sunset. There are beautiful photographic opportunities with the sun aligning with the rocky cliffs and ocean in Winter. Various opportunities for short hikes with children (could even include strollers as some are blacktopped.)
Beautiful sunset from Cadillac Mountain, which can be driven to on the main Park road. Great views of Jordan Pond and the outer harbor islands from the Bubble Rock trail. For a respite from the hiking, go watch the waves at Sand Beach while having a picnic. For the intrepid, hike the short but nearly vertical Beehive Trail. Lots of trails to explore for all skill levels. We felt we would need at least a couple weeks to see it all. Clean facilities.
Absolutely beautiful national park. I long to come back here and visit again. It's the only national park in New England, and is also the smallest. Climb Cadillac Mountain, check out the Bubbles, and enjoy Thunder Cove.
Great views with a lake with mountains and trees in background. Such a great scenic experience. This is one of the most beautiful national parks I have visited. Do not forget to see sunset at the top of Cadillac Mountain.
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