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Acadia National Park in Maine

A July 2004 trip to Maine by NLindsay

Quote: Located along Maine’s rugged coastline, Acadia National Park encompasses over 47,000 acres and was the first national park established east of the Mississippi River.

Acadia National Park in Maine

Overview

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Located along Maine’s rugged coastline, Acadia National Park encompasses over 47,000 acres, and was the first national park established east of the Mississippi River. The park also contains the highest point along the east coast, a magnificent 1530 foot Cadillac Mountain which, for 6 months out of the year, is the first place you can see the sunrise in the United States. It’s the perfect place for hiking or biking with over 115 miles of trails. If you prefer winter, the park is also ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Other activities such as wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, carriage rides, and stargazing are also offered.Quick Tips: The best time to visit is in the months of J...Read More

Acadia National Park

Attraction | "Park Loop Road -- Acadia National Park"

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All of the points of interest can be accessed via the 20 mile Park Loop Road. It’s important to note that the road is one way for majority of the trip. Cadillac Mountain can be reached by taking the 3.5-mile spur road via the Park Loop Road. The mountain offers 360º views, and a restroom and gift shop are at available at the summit. It is worth the early trip in order to see the sunrise over the Atlantic. Bring some coffee and granola bars then grab a seat on the rocks or benches. Next you’ll want to continue meandering along the road until you reach Jordan Pond. The restaurant here dates back to the 1800s and an experience you don’t want to miss is having tea on the lawn overlooking the pond. ...Read More

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Acadia National Park
Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-3338

Lobster

Story/Tip

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The last must-see isn’t located off of Park Loop Road. Instead, you’ll want to take route 101 to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse isn’t open for tours, but the view of the cliffs and the small offshore islands is great. After you’re satisfied with your photos here, you can head to Beal’s Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor where you can get an authentic New England lobster fresh off the boat. They even let you pick the one you want. Grab a seat on the picnic tables and watch the lobster boats returning to the harbor as the sun sets.