Acadia has the bragging rights to be created as the first eastern national park in the U.S. It can be found in the beautiful state of Maine, with its rugged coastline, the tallest mountain in the U.S, fantastic historical roads and venues and the natural beauty of the scenic area. The 47,000 acre designated park provides lots of places to see and some things to do in Acadia National Park that will let you learn and experience this lovely Atlantic coast recreation area.
Cadillac Mountain is the Tallest in Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain is one of the top things to do and see in Acadia. Don’t worry; you won’t have to hike up the tallest mountain on the eastern coast of the U.S. Many people take the drive, which is a 3.5-mile winding road to the top of the peak. Weather prohibits anyone from traveling from December through April 14ht, so keep that in mind when scheduling your trip. There is a small gift shop at the top, along with restrooms and some snacks you can purchase. The views from the top are what draw the thousands of people to Cadillac Mountain. You can experience a top-of-the-world feeling as you can see for miles on a clear, sunny day. The ocean stretches out before you, along with the rugged and rocks ledges of the coast and the greenery of the landscaping and it is simply beautiful.
See All the Terrains on the Park Loop Road
The Loop Road is a great way to get to know the area. It is 27 miles of road that wind through the forests and along the shoreline and also give you glimpses of the mountains. There are lots of pull-offs to stop and appreciate the beauty of the area and take some photos. Small portions of the road are open all year, but due to the northern location of Acadia, much of it will be closed November to April, as snow and ice make it unsafe. This road is a great option if you’re not a hiker and although it is busy, you can bike it too. If you want to ride your bicycle, the best time to do this is early in the morning to avoid all the cars that love the scenic drive. Tour buses also take this road if you would rather sit and enjoy than drive the whole way.
Travel the Historic Carriage Roads
The Carriage Roads are some of the visitor’s most favorite things to do in the area. There are 45 miles of roads that wind through the mountains and valleys. They are composed of coping stones, and the signposts are signature marks of the Carriage Roads. They have been maintained as close to their original structure and build since the early 1900s. These roads are perfect for sightseeing, walking and talking and biking. There are wagons to ride in, and you may even see some other people on horseback as they journey through some of the best parts of the park on these historic roads.
Jordan Pond Hike and Restaurant
The Jordan Pond House is the only dining facility that can be found within the park boundaries and it has delicious meals, snacks, and beverages that visitors rave about. The views from the outdoor dining area are simply breathtaking, with the mountains and water visible amongst all the soft green grass and towering trees. Jordan Pond has several trails that branch out in different directions to explore, walk and hike to your leisure. Enjoy the sunny days at the majestic views that can only be found in such protected areas.
Hike Then Go for a Swim
There are two beaches available to the public. Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach have opportunities to swim and splash in the ocean water after a long hike, or just to have some fun. The Echo Lake beach water is a bit warmer. And both beaches are staffed with lifeguards in the summer months. Take in the unique views of a sand beach that is surrounded by forests and mountains, something you don’t usually see together. Take the Ocean Trail hike for some of the best pictures of the beach and surroundings during your visit. There are a parking lot and stairs for easy access to the quiet, yet beautiful scenic beach. Don’t miss this as it is a must-see destination while you’re here!
The Quiet Schoodic Point
This area of the park is not as busy as the rest. Schoodic Point has perfect viewing opportunities of Cadillac Mountain and unusual rock formations. There are no crowds, and you can sit on the rocks and watch the boats or just stare at the beauty. There are several trails, camping areas, paths to walk and to bicycle on. This area is less visited than the rest of the areas, but it is just as beautiful. Look for the place known as the Schoodic Peninsula, where the rugged and wild beauty of Acadia actually stands out.
The Stunning Beehive Trail
If you are afraid of heights, the Beehive Trail may not be for you. However, if you care to see some surreal landscapes and gaze out at the ocean from far above, you may want to consider taking the Beehive Trail. Don’t worry; the name does not mean you will run into bees. The trail is relatively steep but fairly quick to climb. Steel rungs and ladders are built into the trail to help you get to the top. It is considered a moderate trail, as there are some problematic places, especially if you’re afraid of heights, but the view that waits you could leave you starting for days. Add the Beehive Trail to your agenda if you like to hike and want to see the best of Acadia.
Don’t Forget the Visitors Center
The Visitors Center is the hub of all the action. Here you can find tours, ranger-talks, guides, discover the best trails, beaches, points of view, history and more. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the area and can help you with your agenda. There are so many things to do at Acadia. Schedule a horseback ride, walk a historic carriage trail and the stunning scenery that climbs from the ocean floor to the forest covered mountains looking over the Atlantic Ocean. The different terrains of the area are unique and not easily found anywhere else in the states. See this beautiful place and see for yourself as you gaze out over the miles of ocean from the top of Cadillac Mountain.
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