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.
Attraction | "Park Loop Road -- Acadia National Park"
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.
After that, the road takes you to the perfect quaint village and Seal Harbor dot ted with fishing and sailing vessels. It’s the best spot to take that "postcard" picture we all imagine when we think of Maine. When you’re ready to move on, head to Thunder Hole. It may not seem like much at first, but when the waves start kicking in, you’ll see what the fuss is about. The waves have carved out a natural inlet in the rocks and when they come roaring in you’ll hear this thundering boom and you’ll probably get wet. Sometimes the splash reaches as high as 40 feet. Last on your list of must sees in the park is Sand Beach. You need thick skin to actually swim here since the ocean water rarely reaches above 55ºF. If you’re like me, the scenery will be enough. As you walk along, you’ll see shells that the tide has brought in as well as sea life such as crabs. The Great Head trail which starts at the cliff by the beach is worth the hike. The hike is moderate, but the views are some of the best you'll see.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2006
Acadia National Park
Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Loves Park, Illinois