Home to the east’s first national park, the first glimpse of sunlight to hit the country, the only eastern fjord, some of the clearest water in the country, and (in our very unbiased opinion) one of the best national park gateway cities, Acadia has a lot to live up to. Good news, though. This small but incredibly beautiful park exceeds even the highest expectations.
From it’s fine dining at Jordan Pond and its historic carriage roads to its rugged Precipice trail, Acadia has something for every type of traveler. When we visited Acadia in its late-peak fall colors season in 2015, we never wanted to leave.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, The Superlatives of Acadia National Park
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain. Yes, it’ll be crowded and cold. Yes, it’s worth it.
- Visit Jordan Pond for a stroll. It’s an easy 3 miles around the perimeter, or you can extend your hike to greater heights
- Walk or bike along the extensive system of packed-gravel carriage roads.
- Drive out to the quieter side of Acadia and walk to Wonderland Point
- Spend some time in the city of Bar Harbor. If you have an evening, see a movie at Reel Pizza.
- During low tide, hike over to Bar Island for a view of the city. But don’t forget to come back before the water rises!
- Hike the Precipice Trail and/or the Beehive Trail for steep, exposed, crazy-wonderful views. Not for those who fear heights, be warned.
- Go camping at Duck Harbor on Isle Au Haut
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.