Quaint fishing harbors, scenic shorelines, forested coves, working lobster boats, and stunning islands—Acadia has something for everyone. This easternmost national park is one of the first places to see the sunrise in the United States each day, and is one of the nation’s most beloved national parks. While there are more things to love about this New England escape than we could possibly list, these are some of our favorite highlights.
5 Highlights of Acadia National Park
Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Story by: Amanda Dana | Travel Writer
Relax by the shores of pristine Jordan Pond and take in one of the most iconic views in Acadia. The calm waters reflect the surrounding North and South Bubble Mountains and offer ample photo opportunities. Stroll the surrounding trails, and don’t forget to swing by Jordan Pond House for afternoon tea and golden, lighter-than-air popovers.
The car-free carriage roads of Acadia National Park were established by John D. Rockefeller. These tranquil paths wind over stone bridges, through serene forests, and alongside stunning coastline. There’s no better way to experience the park than by cycling this unique network.
What’s better after a long day of cycling than a buttery lobster roll? This classic treat is readily available at restaurants and seafood shacks throughout the area. You’ll find lobster in many forms here, from hearty stews to classic boils. Everything is caught fresh daily, and you’ll find many opportunities to indulge.
Little Cranberry Island
You can reach this small hamlet by catching a ride on the mail boat that makes regular trips out. The island is home to a small year-round community of lobstermen, boat builders, and craftspeople. Enjoy the stunning views of the park from its harbor, or browse its quaint shops and art galleries. Enjoy lunch at Islesford Dock Restaurant, perched on a 200-year-old coal dock overlooking the harbor.
Take in the view as you round a bend to discover a historic lighthouse perched atop craggy granite bluffs. Make sure to snap an iconic Maine photo to remember the moment by. You’ll find several lighthouses scattered along the park’s coastline. Some of these beautiful buildings are even open to the public if you want to explore inside.