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 is not a very renown National Park as say Yosemite or Canyon, however it's close to home millions of north Easter folks from NY trip state. It's in a wonderful island which was the summer destination for the rich here in the north east! So they built a magnificent town, Bar Harbor, with cobble stones using the granite from one of the mountains from what is now the Park. We enjoyed the boat trip to see the whales, dolphins, seals, and the little puffins! It took the entire morning and it was with ever penny. The food is amazing... All types of restaurants and small mom and pop shops in Bar Harbor, of course the very renown lobster. Hiking in the afternoon at the Park was incredible. I love the outdoors but not hike much so it was hard going up the mountain in one of them vertical climb on steel rungs. We met a couple who go often so it was a blessing as it was getting dark soon. A beautiful pond at the bottom of it, gorgeous! It's a great destination for anyone in the north east who loves the outdoors! We saw many with the bikes in the racks... It would've been awesome biking in the park.
Acadia National Park can keep you busy for days. It's very well kept and a pleasure to ride around. You can take a trolley ride up or you can take yourself and see Cadillac Mountain Jordan Pond and many other features of the park. At the top of Cadillac Mountain is the first place that you see the sunrise in the United States but you have to get there very early to see that. There is a fee to get in and explore all of the park unless you're a senior and you have a senior card. With that you get in free to all national parks.
Really beautiful park with lots of hiking options. It is a little crowded so try to schedule early in the week. Ocean Path trail is particularly nice and you can make it as easy or as difficult as you want to. Definitely plan to spend a few days here because there is a lot to see.
Absolutely beautiful place for the whole family. We were able to do biking, hiking and exploring that was appropriate for their age. There is a lot more as they get older as well so can't wait to continue visiting.
Very scenic. Very friendly native Mainers. Many good restaurants. Several interesting attractions, museums, boat rides. Reasonable prices. Apparently VERY busy Memorial Day through Labor Day.